How to Request an Absentee Ballot

Apply


Voters must submit an Absentee Ballot Request Form (PDF) if voting before Election Day. The Official Absentee Ballot Request form prescribed by the Iowa Secretary of State’s office is preferred to request an absentee ballot.

Requirements


Each request form must include: 
  • The address at which the voter is registered to vote
  • Date of birth
  • The name or date of the election for which the absentee ballot is requested
  • The registered voter's name
  • Signature
These items are marked with an asterisk (*) on the Absentee Ballot Request form. Other items on the form assist the auditor in processing your absentee ballot request.

Submit the Request


Submit your request for an absentee ballot 120 days or less before the election. Your County Auditor must receive the completed request to mail no later than 5 p.m., ten days before a general election and eleven days before any other election. You may vote in person at the Election Office until 5:00 pm on the Monday before the election.

Only one person may request a ballot on a request form. Two or more people cannot share a request form. You must also use a separate request form for each election for which you are requesting a ballot.

Mail


Mail absentee ballot request to:
Black Hawk County Elections
316 E 5th Street
Room 210
Waterloo, IA 50703

Contact


If you have questions regarding the information provided on this document, please call the Iowa Secretary of State’s office at 888-SOS-Vote (1-888-767-8683) or your County Auditor.