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 postmarked on or before the Monday immediately preceding the Election to be counted.

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

Download an Absentee Ballot Request Form

Download and complete the Absentee Ballot Request Form for the 2020 General Election

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.

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 Des Moines 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 three days immediately prior to an election may request an absentee ballot and it will be hand-delivered to them to vote and then returned to the Auditor’s Office. Please contact the Auditor’s Office immediately if you are hospitalized and would like to vote.

This webpage was printed on January 17, 2021. For the most current election-related information, visit the Des Moines County, Iowa, Elections website at
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