he COVID-19 pandemic touches everyone’s life in multiple ways.  One very important way is how it affects voting in elections.  The continued proper functioning of our democracy is dependent on citizens having uninterrupted access to voting.

Absentee Voting
Because of the increased threat of exposure to the coronavirus inside public buildings, we are encouraging people to vote by absentee ballot in elections held during the pandemic.  This is a safe and easy process.  It is safe for the voter, who may vote from home.  It is safe for the vote, because of the many security measures taken to safeguard ballots and to prevent fraud.  It is easy because anyone may request a ballot by sending an application form to their county auditor.

An absentee ballot request (ABR) form may be downloaded here.  Also, to encourage and remind people to vote, our office will send ABRs to all active registered voters for the November 3, 2020 General Election.  You will probably receive multiple ABRs from different sources.  Our ABR mailing is timed in a way for us to schedule the manual workload for tens of thousands of requests at maximum efficiency.  Don’t worry if you accidentally send us more than one ABR – we will process only one request per voter.

We will mail the ballots themselves to voters who request them starting on October 5.

Polling Place Voting
While we hope as many people as possible vote from home, we will still have polling places open for voting on Election Day, November 3.  The number is yet to be determined, and the locations will be different for many voters.  Face masks and shields will be available to voters, clear acrylic barriers will be placed between voters and precinct workers at paperwork stations, and other safety steps will be taken.

Watch for news releases and other information on the “Current Elections” tab that will follow our progress as we adapt to the peculiar challenges of administering an election during a pandemic.

Address questions to the Election Office at 319-833-3007 or elections@co.black-hawk.ia.us.


TurboVote is a service provided by Democracy Works, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that helps people with voter registration and voting.  If you sign up for it, you will receive notifications of upcoming elections and information about voting absentee.  Sign up for TurboVote here.   

Office Hours

Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. However, hours will be extended until 5 p.m. for election deadline dates, and the office is open on some Saturdays before a General Election. 

Work the Polls

Interested in working the polls during elections? Sign up by filling out the brochure (PDF) and bringing it to the County Auditor's Office at 316 East 5th Street.
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