2020 General Election dates
Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:42am admin
HOWARD COUNTY - Many Iowans are wondering how the voting process is taking place this year. Howard County Auditor Julie Chapman reported some dates to pay attention to for this presidential election.
Voters are able to request an absentee ballot from now until Oct. 24.
Ballots will not be mailed to individuals until Oct. 5.
Candidates for each office will be announced in next week’s paper, Sept. 9. The last day to have a candidate put on the ballot is Sept. 4. After that date, the ballots need to be sent to the printers, where they are set up, proofed and printed. That is why the first day to cast a vote isn’t until a month later, on Oct. 5.
Those who may be concerned if their ballot is being counted can track it by going to: https://sos.iowa.gov. On the right, under “Elections,” click on “Track Your Absentee Ballot.”
By entering in your personal information, you can see what day the request to receive an absentee ballot was entered; the date it was mailed from the Auditor’s Office; and the date it was returned to the Auditor.
• Oct. 5, 2020: First day for absentee ballots to be mailed out or voted in the Auditor’s Office.
• Oct. 19, 2020: Mailed voter registration forms which are postmarked on or before today are considered on time to be pre-registered for the general election even if they are received after today.
• Oct. 24, 2020: Last day to pre-register to vote — in person, by mail or at a driver’s license office.
• Oct. 24, 2020: Last day to request an absentee ballot be mailed.
• Oct. 24, 2020: Auditor’s Office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Oct. 30, 2020: Auditor’s Office must be open until 5 p.m., last day to submit written challenges to absentee voters.
• Oct. 31, 2020: Auditor’s Office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for absentee voting.
• Nov. 2, 2020: Last day to vote in person at the Auditor’s Office, which will be open until 5 p.m.
• Nov. 3, 2020: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.