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.
Download and complete the Absentee Ballot Request Form
Des Moines County Auditor
P.O. Box 784
Burlington, Iowa 52601
It may also be dropped off in person at the Auditor's Office on the Second Floor of the Des Moines County Courthouse at 513 N. Main Street in Burlington.
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.
Students from Des Moines County have several options when it comes to voting:
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.
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.