Absentee ballots are now available for the November 8, 2011 municipal elections in Scott County.  Ballots are available for all precincts, except for Davenport’s 5th Ward.  Ballots for that Ward are delayed due to the primary election held on October 11th, and will be available at a future date.

Ballots can be requested for mail delivery, or they can be voted over-the-counter at the Auditor’s Office, Scott County Administrative Center, 600 West 4th Street, Davenport, Iowa.  Requests are available on line at this link, http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/auditor/pub/absentee_request/Absentee_Ballot_Request_Form_(fillable).pdf, or by visiting the Auditor’s page at the county website, http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/auditor/.  Ballots requested by mail are sent to voters within 24 hours of receipt in the Auditor’s Office.

Our office has also learned that the U.S. Post Office will not provide a post mark to locally returned business reply mail, such as the return mail for absentee ballots.  Iowa law requires that absentee ballots received by mail after election day must be post marked before election day in order to be counted.  For this election, all ballots must be post marked on or before November 7th.  If you are returning an absentee ballot by mail please ask to have a post mark placed on the envelope, or apply your own postage to insure that the ballot return envelope receives a post mark.  Also, mailed ballots can be returned over-the-counter at the Auditor’s Office until the close of the polls.  For this election that means ballots can be turned in until 8:00 p.m. on November 8th.