Don't want to wait in line on Election Day? Vote early! All Johnson County voters have multiple ways to vote early: by mail, in our office, or at satellite voting sites.
- Voting by Mail
Under a recent change in state law, Iowa voters may not request mailed ballots until 70 days before an election, and ballots may not be mailed out until 20 days before an election. (Pending legal action or proposed federal legislation may affect these dates.) Iowa does not have permanent absentee status, so you must submit a new request form for each election.
- August 24, 2021: first day to request mailed ballot for November 2 city and school election.
Steps to vote by mail:
Print and complete an Absentee Ballot Request Form. If you can't print, you can pick up a form, or you can call our office and we can mail you a form.
Mail or hand deliver request to our office (we need the hard copy paper form):
Johnson County Auditor
913 S. Dubuque St Suite 101
Iowa City, IA 52240
Ballot is mailed to you (We can't give you a ballot to take home, we have to mail it).
Ballot must be returned to our office by the time the polls close on Election Day. (This is a recent change in state law. Ballots postmarked before Election Day which reach our office after Election Day will no longer count.)
- Voting at the Auditor's Office
Voters can cast an absentee ballot in-person at the Johnson County Auditor's office before any election. Ballots must be voted in the office, you cannot take a ballot home with you. In-person absentee voting is not available on election day at our office; voters will have to cast ballots at their polling place.
Under a recent change in state law, Iowa voters may not vote early until 20 days before an election. (Pending legal action or proposed federal legislation may affect this date.) Auditors are only required to have ballots available 20 days before an election for partisan primary elections (June, even years) and for general elections (November, even years).
For other elections, voting may not start sooner than 20 days before election day, but may begin later. We will announce the first day of voting for the November 2, 2021 city and school election later this fall. Voting cannot start before October 13, but is likely to start later due to due to printing and testing requirements.
- Satellite Voting
Under a recent change in state law, auditors may no longer schedule satellite sites on their own, and sites must be petitioned by the public. (Pending legal action may affect this.) If you are interested in satellite voting, please contact our office.
- Overseas and military voters
Information for overseas voters and military voters Federal Voting Assistance Program site
- Safe at home address confidentiality program