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 bottom of the page for special instructions about voting from their location.
- At the Auditor's Office. Click here to view our office hours and location.
- At a Satellite Location. Click here for information about satellite voting.
- We must have a written request from each individual voter wanting to vote by mail. We do not mail out ballots without a request.
- The deadline for requesting a ballot to be mailed is Friday, March 28. We must have your request in our office by 5:00pm.
- We must receive the original request. Email or fax requests must be followed by the original. The original can be mailed or hand-delivered.
Our mailing address is:
Linn County Election Services
935 - 2nd St SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-2100
- Voted absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Monday, March 31. 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. Click here to view reasons you may be required to show ID and see a list of acceptable forms of identification.
When are 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 if you wish to be an observer.