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Absentee ballot voting begins today

Ballots can be requested through auditor’s office

September 27, 2012
By PETER KASPARI, , Messenger News

Registered voters in Iowa can cast their absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 election starting today.

In Webster County, the ballots can be requested through the auditor's office located in the Webster County Courthouse, 703 Central Ave.

Webster County Auditor Carol Messerly said absentee voting has become increasingly common.

"We see a lot of people requesting them during presidential elections," Messerly said. "Webster County gets its fair share of them."

Ballots can be requested in person at the auditor's office or by printing a form from the website for Webster County or the Iowa secretary of state.

Even though absentee ballots are turned in weeks before the general election, Messerly said they aren't counted until Nov. 6.

"We don't count them as they come in, but instead we check to see if they're filled out correctly," she said. "They're counted by a special precinct who must have them all counted by 10 p.m. on election night."

Additionally, there will be three satellite voting booths set up in October.

Satellite voting isn't as common as it used to be, Messerly said.

A petition with at least 100 signatures needs to be presented to the auditor's office for a satellite voting location to be opened.

"As long as the people at the location don't deny them, we'll set it up," she said.

Absentee ballots can be cast at the auditor's office through 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 5. Requests for mailed absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 2.

Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by midnight Nov. 5.



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