Absentee ballots can be mailed or delivered in-person
By Lucy Martin
Story Countuy Auditor and Commissioner of Elections
(May 9, 2012) Absentee voting is available for the June 5 Primary Election.
To vote in the Primary Election, one must designate a Democratic or Republican party affiliation. Beginning Thursday, April 26th, Absentee Voting for the Primary Election is available for all eligible Story County residents at the Story County Administration Building in Nevada on weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
This office is also open on Saturday, May 26th from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 2nd from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. for absentee voting. Early voting ends on Monday, June 4th at 5:00 p.m.
The close of the voter registration period is Saturday, Mary 26th at 5:00 p.m. Registering and voting after this deadline requires additional documentation to verify identity and residency.
Voters can request an Absentee Ballot be mailed by filling out an official ‘Absentee Ballot Request Form’ and submitting it to the Auditor’s Office. These forms are available at www.storycountyiowa.gov under the Forms and Applications link on the Auditor and Elections web page, or by calling 515-382-7210.
UOCAVA (Uniformed and Oversea Citizens Absentee Voting Act) voters had their ballots mailed out on Saturday, April 21st.
An Absentee Ballot received in the mail can be returned by the following methods:
- Mail---an envelope is provided and postage is pre-paid. The postmark must be no later than Monday, June 4th.
- In person---You may deliver your ballot to the County Auditor’s Office. This can be done until 9 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, June 5th.
- Designate someone else to mail or deliver the ballot for you. The instructions included in your Absentee Ballot package will include a receipt which is your choice to use for this particular method.
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES IN POLLING PLACES AND PRECINCTS:
The decennial census and its corresponding redistricting process re-drew legislative boundaries resulting in several polling location changes within Story County. Boundaries are established for ten years. Precincts and polling places have changed for many residents.
The new precincts went into effect on January 15, 2012 and the first scheduled election using the new precincts is the Primary Election. New voter cards were mailed to active registrants on February 7, 2012. Voters are asked to carefully review their cards and contact the Story County Auditor’s Office for questions regarding polling location information.
Ames 4-1: Collegiate United Methodist Church, 2622 Lincoln Way, Ames, has been established as a temporary polling location for the June Primary. Memorial Lutheran Church is unavailable as a voting location for this election.
Palestine Township: Nord Kalsem Community Center, 204 West 5th Street, Huxley, has been established as the new polling location for all Palestine Township residents.
Huxley: Citizens Community Center (3C’s), Safe Room, 515 N Main Avenue, Huxley, has been established as the new polling location for all Huxley city residents.
Slater-Sheldahl: Slater Log Cabin, 305 Benton Street, Slater, has been established as the new polling location. This replaces the Slater City Hall location.
Story City: Bertha Bartlett Public Library, 503 Broad Street, Story City, has been established as the polling location for all city residents.
Washington Township: Kelley City Hall, 1111 Grace Street, Kelley, has been established as the new polling location for all Washington Township residents. This replaces the Oakwood Road Church location.
Additional election information available on the Story County Website includes:
Voter registration forms Sample ballots
List of polling place locations & hours Poll watching information
Election Day Registration information Polling place finder (Voter Information System)
UOCAVA voting information Frequently Asked Questions
For questions or other election information, contact the Story County Auditor’s Office at 515-382-7217 or by e-mail at email@example.com.