April 4, 2017 Special West Marshall Election Information
Voter Registration Deadline
The polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. in the 3 precincts for this special. Residents living in the West Marshall School District will go to their usual precinct for school elections. Please refer to the following table for polling locations:
City and Township
Clemons and St. Anthony Cities and Bangor/Liberty/ Minerva Township in WM School District
WM-1 Clemons School
Melbourne and Rhodes Cities and Eden/Logan Townships in WM School District
WM-2 Melbourne Rec Center
State Center City and Marietta/Washington Townships in WM School District
WM-3 State Center City Hall
Location Polling Place
Clemons Clemons School 306 Bevins St.
Melbourne Recreation Center; 613 Main St.
State Center City Hall; 118 E. Main St.
Friday, March 24th is the final day to pre-register to vote in the April 4, 2017 Special West Marshall School 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 at least 17 1/2 years of age (you must be at least 18 years of age to vote)
-- 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)
-- 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 Information provided by the Iowa Secretary of State.
Voter Registration Application
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 now cast an absentee ballot in the Courthouse at 1 E. Main St., Marshalltown, IA on the 2nd floor, NE Corner during regular business hours prior to Election Day.
Voters requesting absentee ballots by mail may submit a request at any time before an election, but must do so by 5 p.m. Friday, March 31st. Requests arriving by mail after 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election cannot be honored.
Written requests for absentee ballots can be made by using:
The official form - download it here: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/absenteeballotapp.pdf
In lieu of the official form, absentee ballot requests must be on paper no smaller than 3x5 inches and include the following information:
· The name of the voter,
· The voter's address,
· The address to which the ballot should be sent (if different from the voter's address),
· The voter's date of birth,
· The date and/or name of the election for which the voter is requesting a ballot, and
· The voter's signature.
Mail Absentee Ballot Requests to:
Marshall County Auditor
1 E. Main St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158
No one can request a ballot for another person.
Ways to Return Voted Absentee Ballots
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, 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
In order to be considered on time to be counted for the April 4th Special West Marshall School 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 8:00 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
The voter may personally mail 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 mail 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 mail the voted absentee ballot to the county auditor's office in time to have it postmarked before Election Day or no later than 72 hours after picking up the ballot from the voter, whichever occurs first.
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 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 prior to Election Day and must be received back in the county auditor's office by Monday, April 10th at 10:00 a.m.
Business hours are 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Special Precinct Board will open and count absentee ballots on Election Day. The results from the absentee ballots will not be released until shortly after the polls close at 8:00 p.m.
The public test of the county voting system will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in the Courthouse at 1 E. Main St., Marshalltown, IA 50158.
The polls close at 8:00 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 Monday, April 10th.
Election Results is on the front page of our website and will be updated as results are returned.
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors will meet in special session at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 10th to canvass the results of April 4th Special West Marshall School 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 OVCS Scanner. 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.
In all elections other than primary and general elections, groups opposing or
supporting approval of questions on the ballot at an election.
· A person who wants to be a poll watcher must file notice of intent to do so with County Auditor.
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
Voter Registration Information
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.
Raymond, Marshall County Auditor and Recorder
Commissioner of Elections
1 E. Main St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158