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Any registered voter in Iowa may request to vote their ballot absentee. Absentee is the term used to describe any ballot that is not voted at the polls on Election Day.

Absentee Requirements

There are several ways to vote absentee:

Absentee ballots returned by mail to the Auditor’s office must be received by 8:00 pm on Election Day.*

Instructions on how to vote your absentee ballot will be included with your ballot.

*Two exceptions: Ballots from individuals participating in the Safe at Home program will be eligible for counting if postmarked or barcoded before election day and received in the Secretary of State’s Office in time to be transmitted to the appropriate county auditor not later than noon on the Monday following the election. Ballots from uniformed and overseas citizens will be eligible for counting if postmarked or barcoded before election day and received no later than noon on the Monday following the election.

Request an Absentee Ballot Request Form

Would you like us to mail you an absentee ballot request form? Call the Auditor's Office at (712) 328-5700, option 3.

Download an Absentee Ballot Request Form

Complete the Absentee Ballot Request Form and send it to:

Pottawattamie County Elections
P.O. Box 649
Council Bluffs, IA 51502

Returning Your Absentee Ballot

Postage on your absentee ballot is prepaid so all you need to stick it back in the mail!  If you would like to hand deliver your ballot back to the Courthouse there is now an absentee ballot drop box located on the west side of the Courthouse for you to securely drop off your ballot.

Track Your Absentee Ballot

You may track your absentee ballot to ensure that it has been mailed to you and that it gets returned to the Auditor's Office.

College Students

Students from Pottawattamie County have several options when it comes to voting:

Health Care Facility Residents

Under Iowa law the county auditor must send a bipartisan team of election officials to hand-deliver ballots to residents of health care facilities, assist in the voting of the residents, and return the ballots safely to the Auditor’s office where they are securely stored until they are counted.  Voting at health care facilities is often coordinated through the activities department at each facility so please check with the staff to obtain a ballot request form to be brought a ballot.

Hospital Patients

Voters who are admitted to a hospital or health care facility in the last 14 days leading up to an election may request an absentee ballot no later than 4:00 pm on Election Day. Please contact the Auditor’s office immediately if you are hospitalized and would like to vote.

This webpage was printed on July 19, 2024. For the most current election-related information, visit the Pottawattamie County, Iowa, Elections website at
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