Early Voting Options

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.

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Voters may request mailed ballots beginning 120 days before an election. Iowa does not have permanent absentee status, so you must submit a new request form for each election.

  • November 3, 2020 general (presidential) election: deadline to request mailed ballot is October 24, 5:00 p.m.

Our office will be mailing postage paid absentee request forms to all Johnson County voters beginning in late July, but you may print and send your own form at any time.

  1. Print an Absentee Ballot Request Form. (Our office must have a written request. A ballot can't be sent out without a request.) If you can't print, please contact our office.
  2. Mail or hand deliver request to our office: (We can't accept requests submitted online.) Our office drop slot is open 24/7.

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  3. Ballot is mailed to you. (We can't give you a ballot to take home, we have to mail it.) Ballots for the November 3 election will be mailed beginning October 5.

Our county wide absentee request mailing will be sent out in four groups based on address:

  • Late July: rural areas and senior housing complexes
  • Mid-August: Coralville, North Liberty, and Tiffin, plus homeowner areas of University Heights
  • Late August: Iowa City homeowner areas
  • Early September: Campus area, apartments, trailer courts, and voters who have moved since the earlier mailings

Sending the mailing out in groups allows our office to balance our workload, and gives people in the higher turnover parts of the county more time to update their registrations. You do not have to wait for the mailing and may request your ballot at any time.

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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.

In person early voting begins 29 days before primary and general elections.

  • November 3, 2020 general election: first day to vote early is October 5. Voting will be at the parking ramp north of the Health and Human Services Building, 855 S. Dubuque St. Please enter from the west off Clinton Street.

For other elections, no first day to vote is specified. Voting can begin as soon as ballots are printed and tested, but not sooner than 29 days before Election Day.


Some elections will have in-person absentee voting at convenient locations other than the Auditor's Office.


  • Overseas Voter Website for Johnson County: http://jcelections.com/
  • Overseas Voter Email Hotline: johnson.county.auditor(at)gmail.com


Safe at Home is an address confidentiality program that provides participants with a substitute address.

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Elections Office
Phone: 319-356-6004

Elections Deputy
Bogdana Velterean

Johnson County Auditor’s Office
Administration Building
913 S. Dubuque St. Suite 101
Iowa City, IA 52240

Phone: 319-356-6004
Fax: 319-356-6086

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Bus Route
(Lakeside or Broadway bus routes)

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