The elections department is a part of the County Auditor’s office. The Auditor’s Office handles all voter registrations for people who move into or within the county. The department administers the elections from nomination paper filing to preparation of the final abstract of votes including preparation of ballots, publication of the election, acquisition of polling locations and assignment of election workers, processing all absentee ballots, and counting the ballots by processing them though ballot readers and compiling the results.
During the 2017 Legislative Session, the Election Integrity Bill was passed. Please note: A temporary court injunction dated July 24, 2018 reversed certain provisions of the new voting law discussed in the documents below. The injunction was appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court, which rendered a decision on August 10, 2018.
The Court AFFIRMED the injunction for the following items:
- Auditors shall not reject absentee ballots or ballot requests based on signature matching.
- Auditors shall not refuse absentee ballot requests that lack the voter’s identification number.
- Voters need not produce identification at the polls, even if asked, until that law fully takes effect on January 1, 2019. Voters choosing not to produce identification at the polls will be required to sign an oath of identification.
The Court REVERSED the injunction regarding the absentee ballot time frame. The first day to mail absentee ballots or to vote absentee ballots in person will remain at 29 days before the election.
The order takes effect on August 15, 2018. The Iowa Supreme Court remanded the case to the district court. The changes are reflected in the documents listed below.
Iowa has passed new voting laws that require specific identification forms at the polls, shorten the period for casting an absentee ballot, do away with straight party voting, and more.