Excuses for Not Voting

“I’m too busy.”
Iowa gives its voters 29 days in which to cast their ballot. This year you may start voting in the general election on Monday, October 8, 2018.

You may vote at your county auditor’s office on days it is open or at a satellite location. The auditors’ offices are even open on some Saturdays before the election. The Polk County Auditor has created a Voting Made Easy poster listing when and where you can vote early.

“I can’t get to the polls.”
We understand that sometimes limited mobility makes going to a polling site challenging, no matter how many places and days there are to vote. If you receive and send U.S. Mail, you can vote by absentee ballot.

You may request an absentee ballot now, but the ballots will not be mailed until October 8th. Your request needs to be sent by U.S. Mail, not electronically, and returned to your county auditor. Here is a link to the Polk County Auditor’s information on returning and tracking absentee ballots.

“I don’t know who’s running.”
Sample ballots for the November 6, 2018, general election are available on the Polk County Auditor’s website.

“It won’t make any difference.”
There is only one vote that will not make a difference, will be wasted, or will not change the outcome of an election and that is a vote not cast.




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