How to Request an Absentee Ballot By Mail

Requesting and voting an absentee ballot through the mail is an easy way to get your ballot mailed to your home or other destination if you are a registered voter in Linn County. Voting by mail allows you the convenience of voting from the comforts of home.

  1. Download an Absentee Ballot Request Form or complete form online.
  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.
  5. Submit the completed Absentee Ballot Request Form to the Linn County Election Services Office.
    1. Our mailing address is: Linn County Election Services, 935 Second St. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100.
    2. Email or fax (319-892-5359) requests are not honored unless they are followed by the original. The original can be mailed or hand-delivered and received by the time the polls close on Election Day.
  6. Voted absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before the Monday before Election Day. Postmarks are not guaranteed by the Post Office.

Once the Election Services office has your completed absentee ballot request form, staff members will process your absentee ballot request form.

When your ballot arrives, there will be additional items inside the delivery envelope:

  1. A ballot for your precinct.
  2. Instructions on how to complete your absentee ballot along with important dates related to absentee voting.
  3. Secrecy folder to keep your voted ballot a secret.
  4. A combined Affidavit/Return Envelope which requires your signature on the backside. The returned envelope is postage paid.