Hospital Patients

Voters admitted to a hospital or health care facility on election day or the Saturday, Sunday, or Monday immediately prior to election day may vote absentee by the following process.
 
Ballot Request
Voters admitted to a hospital or health care facility during the three days prior to the election must still request a ballot. They may:
  • Phone the Auditor's Office by calling 319-892-5300, ext. 1. Phone requests must be received at least four hours before the polls close.
  • Fax the Auditor's Office at 319-892-5359. Fax requests must be received at least four hours before the polls close.
  • Make their request to the bipartisan team delivering ballots to other voters.

Ballot Delivery
Health Care Facility in Voter’s Home County
If the health care facility or hospital is located in the county where the voter is registered / eligible to vote, the auditor must make arrangements for the bipartisan team to deliver the absentee ballot to the voter. If the voter is not registered to vote, election day registration procedures must be followed.

Health Care Facility Outside Voter’s Home County
If the health care facility or hospital is located outside the county where the voter is registered, the voter may designate anyone, except a candidate on the ballot, to deliver and return the absentee ballot. This is the only situation in which someone other than election officials or the U.S. Postal Service may deliver an absentee ballot to a voter. Voters must be registered to vote in order to receive a ballot in this circumstance. The designee must return the ballot to the auditor by the time the polls close on election day.

Voters Dismissed from Health Care Facility
If a voter was sent home, the bipartisan team can be sent to take the ballot to the voter’s home in your county. This is the only situation in which the bipartisan team can go to a voter’s home.

Click here to for an Absentee Ballot Request Form.