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Ballots can be mailed to domestic absentee voters as soon as they are ready, but not sooner than 29 days before the primary and general elections. The law does not specify when ballots must be ready for other types of elections, but usually they are available two to three weeks before an election. As soon as ballots are available, they are sent to everyone who has requested a ballot up to that time. Requests that are received after ballots are ready are processed and sent out within the next business day. For more information, please call the Auditor’s Office at 563-245-1106.
Absentee ballot requests received prior to 120 days before election day will be returned to the requester. The request form must be received in the county auditor’s office by 5 p.m. on the Friday, eleven days before the election. If the request is for the general election, the deadline to request a ballot by mail is the Saturday, ten days before the election. You may still vote early in person at our office through the day before the election. If you are voting by mail your ballot must be postmarked the day before the election or returned in person to our office on Election Day by the close of the polls. For more information, please call the Auditor’s Office at 563-245-1106.
Include your printed name, your Clayton County address, the address you want the absentee ballot sent to (if different than your registration address), birth date, and the date and name of the election. In addition, you must sign and date your application. For partisan primary elections (June, even numbered years), you must include your party affiliation. For more information, please call the Auditor’s Office at 563-245-1106.