Are You Prepared for the Upcoming Election?

Our library staff is happy to assist you with any questions you might have regarding the upcoming City and School Board elections on November 2, 2021. 


Need to register?

We have paper applications that can be mailed to your county auditor in time for November 2nd. You can also register at your county auditor's office. Find your county auditor's office here

Not sure if you are registered?

The Reference Desk staff can help you verify your registration online.

Has your polling location changed?

We can also help you find your polling site.

Planning to vote via Absentee Ballot? 

Applications for absentee ballots can be obtained online in a PDF format, or mailed upon request from the Secretary of State. You can also request a ballot by mailing the application to the county auditor/commissioner of elections in the county where you are registered.

Want to learn more about the new voting laws in Iowa? 

We can go over the changes with you. For more details, visit

Here are the highlights: 

  • The early voting period has been reduced from 29 days before Election Day to 20 Days before Election Day, meaning you can vote early starting October 13. 
  • All ballots must arrive at the county auditor's office by the time polls close on Election Day in order to be counted.
  • You must request an Absentee Ballot Request Form. In previous years, this had been sent via mail to eligible voters. The deadline for auditors to receive Absentee Ballot Request Forms is October 18. 
  • Only the voter, an immediate family member, household member or caregiver may return the ballot to the auditor's office or place it in the mail. 

Who is running?

We can also help you look up who is running for which office. Nominations for candidates closed on September 16, so some counties have not announced their candidates yet. 


Full information on voting in the state of Iowa can be found at  


Important Dates for the Upcoming City/ School Elections

Wednesday, October 13 – First Day of Absentee Voting

Monday, October 18 – Pre-registration Deadline; Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot to be Mailed

Monday, November 1 – Absentee Ballot In-Person Deadline

Tuesday, November 2 – Regular City/School Election Day

Tuesday, November 30 – City Run-off Election Day for cities with run-off provisions

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. CST. Absentee ballot must be received in your county auditor’s office prior to 8:00 PM CST on Election Day.

Posted on October 26, 2021