How do I request an absentee ballot?

To request an absentee ballot, print out the Iowa Absentee Ballot Request Form, fill it out and mail it or hand-deliver it to the Auditor’s Office. 

Story County Auditor’s Office 900 6th St. Nevada, IA 50201 

Upon receiving the request and when absentee balloting begins, an absentee ballot and voting instructions will be mailed to you. If you do not having printer capability or access to the internet, you may call the Auditor’s Office to have a request form mailed to you. (515) 382-7210.   

In lieu of the Iowa Absentee Ballot Request Form, you may submit a written request for an absentee ballot on a piece of paper no smaller than 3x5 inches.

The request must contain the following required information: 

  • Name
  • Date of Birth 
  • Iowa driver’s license/non-operator ID number OR 4-digit PIN from your voter confirmation card 
  • Address (this must be a street address, not a PO Box) 
  • Mailing Address for the Absentee Ballot (if different from Story County voting address) 
  • Political Party Affiliation (Primary Election only) 
  • Name OR Date of Election (e.g., City-School Election, November 2, 2021) 
  • Signature and Date 
  • For mailed ballots, completed forms must be returned to the Auditor’s Office by 5:00 p.m. no later than the pre-registration deadline for the election (15 days before all elections).
Absentee Ballot Request Form

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1. How do I request an absentee ballot?
2. Who may vote an absentee ballot?
3. When can I apply for an absentee ballot?
4. When are ballots sent out?
5. Can I sign up to automatically get an absentee ballot for every election?
6. I am in the military and/or living overseas. How can I vote absentee?
7. I am a college/graduate student. Where should I get my absentee ballot?
8. I have moved. Can I request a ballot? Which address should I use?
9. Can I request a ballot by email or fax?
10. Can I request an absentee ballot for someone else?
11. Can I pick up an absentee ballot for someone else?
12. What if I have power of Attorney (POA)?
13. Can I take a ballot home with me?
14. If I lose my absentee ballot, can I get another one?
15. How do I return my absentee ballot?
16. Can I return my ballot by email or fax?
17. Does the ballot have to be returned by mail?
18. Can I give my voted absentee ballot to someone else to return for me?
19. When must I return the voted ballot?
20. If I request an absentee ballot, can I change my mind and still vote at my regular polling place?
21. How are absentee ballots counted?