The 2014 General Election is in full swing in Scott County.  With twenty days to go before Election Day the Auditor’s Office has already processed more than 19,540 mail absentee ballots.  This compares with a total of 15,491 mail ballots processed in 2010.  Further, we have processed more than 860 voters in our office.  This compares with a total of 912 voters processed in office in 2010.  If these rates of early voting continue the 2014 General Election could be the first election where more votes are cast before Election Day than on Election Day.

SATELLITE VOTING BEGINS MONDAY AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Voting at the two Davenport Branch Libraries, the Bettendorf Library and the Scott County Library in Eldridge begins on Monday, October 20th.  Voting at these sites will continue for two weeks, Monday through Saturday.  All ballot styles will be available at any of these sites.  The hours for the various libraries are listed below.

Bettendorf Public Library – 2950 Learning Campus Dr., Bettendorf IA

     Mondays – Thursdays:  12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.

     Fridays & Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Eastern Ave. Davenport Library – 6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport IA

     Mondays & Wednesdays:  12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

     Tuesdays & Thursdays – Saturdays:   10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fairmount St. Davenport Library – 3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport IA

     Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

     Tuesdays & Thursdays:  12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Scott County Library – 600 N. 6th Ave., Eldridge IA

     Mondays – Thursdays: 10:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.

     Fridays & Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In addition, voting will also be available at the Rogalski Center on the St. Ambrose University Campus for one week, October 20th through October 24th from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. All ballot styles will be available at this site.

Changes in Voting by Mail Procedures

The Iowa legislature enacted some changes to the voting by mail procedures which affect with this year’s General Election.  The biggest change is that the return mail envelope has been combined with the affidavit envelope as a way to reduce costs and voter confusion.  The return mail envelope is self-explanatory.  The affidavit envelope has the voter’s affidavit which the individual voter must sign.

The affidavit is located on the back of the envelope in the upper right hand corner. This is the same affidavit voters sign at their polling places before voting.  If the voter does not sign this affidavit then by law the voter’s ballot cannot be counted until it is signed.

Most voters have adjusted to the change without any problems. However, our office has received about 350 return ballots on which the voters have not signed the affidavit.  Unfortunately, such a ballot cannot be counted until the voter comes to our office and signs the affidavit, and the affidavit must be signed before Election Day.  Alternatively, the voter can send us a new absentee ballot request and start the process again.  Finally, the voter can vote at the regular polling places on Election Day, but may have to vote a provisional ballot if the election officials cannot verify the status of the absentee ballot with our office.