Absentee Voting

You can vote an absentee ballot either in-person or through the mail. Voters away at college, in a health care facility or hospital, in the military or living overseas can use the links at the left side of the page for special instructions about voting from their location.

Voting early in our office is the same as absentee voting in the State of Iowa. When voting in our office, the voted ballot is not immediately tabulated. Instead, the ballot is locked in the ballot room until election day for counting. The absentee ballots are counted on election day and those results are the first to be released. 
  • Auditor's Office
  • Satellite Location (if available): Find information about satellite voting.
By Mail
  1. Download an Absentee Ballot Request Form.
  2. Our office must have a written request from each individual voter wanting to vote by mail. Our office does not mail out ballots without a request.
  3. The deadline for requesting a ballot to be mailed is the Friday before Election Day.The request must be physically in our office by 5 p.m.
  4. Our office must receive the original request. Email or fax requests must be followed by the original. The original can be mailed or hand-delivered and received by the time the polls close on Election Day.
  5. Our mailing address is: Linn County Election Services, 935 Second St. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100
  6. Voted absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before the Monday before Election Day. Instructions are mailed with each absentee ballot.
In Iowa, showing identification to vote is only required by law in certain circumstances. However, it is wise to bring identification with you when voting in-person in case it is needed to verify your identity or residency. View reasons you may be required to show ID and see a list of acceptable forms of identification.
Absentee Ballots Counted
Absentee ballots are counted on election day. Precinct election officials will be assigned to the absentee and special voters precinct for the duty of counting absentee ballots. Observers representing political parties, non-political party organizations, and representatives for or against a public measure may be present. Contact election services by calling 319-892-5300, ext. 1 if you wish to be an observer.