November 8, 2016 General Election Information
Index of Information
On General Election Day, the polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m.
“Voting in Iowa: Part 3. Voting on Election Day” (3:27)
|1-1||Marshalltown Public Libary||Ballot|
|1-2||Marshalltown Public Library||Ballot|
|2-1||IVH Malloy Hall||Ballot|
|2-2||IVH Malloy Hall||Ballot|
|3-1||Fisher Community Center||Ballot|
|3-2||Fisher Community Center||Ballot|
|4-1||First Baptist Church||Ballot|
|4-2||First Baptist Church Marshalltown School||Ballot|
|4-2||First Baptist Church East Marshall School||Ballot|
|Albion Fire Station||Ballots|
|Gilman City Hall||Ballots|
|Green Mountain Lions Comm Bldg||Ballots|
|IVCCD Admin Building||Ballots|
|Laurel City Hall||Ballots|
|LeGrand Comm Building||Ballots|
|Liscomb City Hall||Ballots|
|Melbourne Rec Center||Ballots|
|State Center City Hall||Ballots|
Saturday, October 29th is the final day to pre-register to vote in the November 8, 2016 General Election. The office of the county auditor will be open until 5:00 p.m. on that date for eligible electors who wish to register in person. Completed voter registrations may be mailed to the county auditor, and must be received by the above deadline in order to be valid for this election.
Voters who are currently registered need not re-register unless they have changed residences from one county to another. A voter who has changed addresses within the same county as the voter is currently registered may change his/her voter registration address anytime before the election or at the voter's new polling site on Election Day.
Registering to vote is a legal requirement to be eligible to vote in Iowa. To be eligible to register to vote, you must:
- be a United States Citizen
- be an Iowa Resident
- not have been convicted of a felony (or, if you have been convicted of a felony, have had your voting rights restored)
- be at least 17 1/2 years of age (you must be at least 18 years of age to vote)
- not have been judged mentally incompetent by a court
- give up your right to vote in any other place.
Iowa law now allows eligible persons to register and vote at the polls on Election Day. An Election Day registrant must provide acceptable proof of identity and current residence in the precinct. Click on the link below to see the Election Day Registration Guide produced by the Iowa Secretary of State.
Voter Registration Application - English
“Voting in Iowa: Part 1. Registering to Vote” (2:14)
Iowa law states that voter registration information is a public record. However, the use of that information is restricted to bona fide political purposes or to a bona fide official governmental purpose. Use for commercial purposes is prohibited by law.
Persons advocating for or against a candidate or public measure on the ballot may request lists of registered voters from the county auditor's office in a variety of customized formats. For further information, stop by the county auditor's office in the courthouse or call (641) 754-6302.
“Voting in Iowa: Part 2. Voting Absentee” (3:21)
Eligible and registered voters wishing to cast absentee ballots may vote in person at the office of the county auditor, or may make written requests for absentee ballots to be mailed to them
Voting by absentee ballot in Auditor’s Office.
A registered voter may cast an absentee ballot in the Courthouse beginning on September 29, 2016 at 1 E. Main St., Marshalltown, IA on the 2nd floor, NE Corner during regular business hours prior to Election Day. For this election there will be a voting station set up on the 2nd floor rotunda. The county auditor’s office will also be open on Saturday, October 29th and Saturday, November 5th for absentee voting.
Voting absentee ballot by mail.
requests for absentee ballots:
-- require the voter's name, date of birth, voting address and the name or date of the election, and voter's signature
-- requests for a ballot to be mailed must be physically received by the county auditor by Friday, November 4th and should be addressed as follows:
1 E. Main St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158
It is important to specify the name of the election (2016 General Election) or date (November 8, 2016).
The voter may personally deliver a voted absentee ballot to the county auditor's office or may designate any other person to do so. If the voter chooses to designate another person to deliver the voted absentee ballot, the voter may require the other person to fill out a receipt and give it to the voter, which the voter should keep. Iowa law requires the other person to deliver the voted absentee ballot to the county auditor's office by the time the polls close on election night or no later than 72 hours after picking up the ballot from the voter, whichever occurs first.
A voted absentee ballot may be delivered in-person to the county auditor's office during regular business hours. The county auditor’s office will also be open on Saturday, October 29th and Saturday, November 5th for absentee voting.
In order to be considered on time to be counted for the November 8, 2016 General Election, a voted absentee ballot that is personally delivered must be physically received in the county auditor's office by the time the polls close at 9:00 p.m. on election night.
A voted absentee ballot cannot be delivered to a polling place on Election Day; it will not be counted. However, a voter may surrender an absentee ballot to the precinct election officials at the polling site on Election Day, and the voter will be allowed to vote at the polls.
Mailing voted absentee ballots
Marshall County Auditor
1 E. Main St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Return postage for mailed absentee ballots has already been applied to the ballot envelope, as required by Iowa law.
In order to be considered on time to be counted for the November 8, 2016 General Election, a voted absentee ballot that is mailed back to the county auditor's office must bear a postmark from the U.S. Postal Service dated Monday, November 7th or before Election Day and must be received back in the county auditor's office by Monday, November 14th by noon.
Business hours are 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also, the county auditor's office will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the following days:
Saturday, October 29th for voter registration and absentee voting
Sunday, October 30th Noon to 4pm
Friday, November 4th for last day to mail absentee
Saturday, November 5th for absentee voting and returning absentee ballots
Monday, November 7th for last day to vote absentee
The Special Precinct Board will open and count absentee ballots beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday before Election Day. However, the results from the absentee ballots will not be released until shortly after the polls close on Tuesday, November 8th at 9:00 p.m.
Notice is hereby given that there will be a public test of the vote tabulating equipment to be used at the November 8, 2016 General Election in the Marshall County Courthouse beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
The polls close at 9:00 p.m. and unofficial election night results will be available on this website. The county auditor's office in the courthouse will be open until all precincts have reported. Members of the public are welcome to be present, or to check up-to-date totals on this website.
Remember that election night results are unofficial. They include absentee ballots and results from the precincts, but do not include results from provisional ballots that are subsequently determined to have been valid. They also do not include any valid voted absentee ballots that were postmarked prior to Election Day and that are received by Noon Monday, November 14th.
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The Marshall County board of supervisors will meet in regular session at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday November 15th to canvass the results of the November 8, 2016 General Election. At this meeting the board will canvass the tally lists and prepare official abstracts of the election results. The canvass will include election night results, as well as any provisional ballots and late-absentee ballots that are determined to be valid and on time. The meeting is open to the public.
Voters in Marshall County will use special paper ballots that will be counted at each precinct with the use of precinct-count optical-scan machines. Absentee ballots will be counted with the use of a high-speed optical-scan machine. In addition, for any voter who needs assistance in marking the ballot, a ballot-marking machine will be available in each precinct in the county. It will also be available for demonstrations and for absentee voting at the county auditor's office. All election equipment and related software has been tested and certified for use in the State of Iowa.
Pursuant to Iowa law, a poll watcher at the General Election must be appointed and accredited by the executive or central committee of the political party the poll watcher represents. A candidate, except for the purpose of voting, may not be present at and in the immediate vicinity of a polling place on Election Day and may not serve as a poll watcher.
Poll watcher Guide
A candidate or a person who advocates for or against a candidate or a ballot issue may be subject to requirements and restrictions of Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure laws. Campaign finance disclosure forms, brochures, and other information are available at www.state.ia.us/ethics :
Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board
510 E 12th, Suite 1A
Des Moines IA 50319
(515) 281-4028 phone (515) 281-3701 fax
Marshall County Auditor and Recorder /Commissioner of Elections
1 E. Main St., Marshalltown, IA 50158