Absentee ballots still available for city election

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL


There is still time to vote absentee for the upcoming city elections on Nov. 7.

Washington County election administrator and deputy auditor Sue Meeks said the county has received 44 requests for absentee ballots to be mailed. Thirty-eight of those absentee ballots have been returned.

?People can vote absentee at the courthouse until 11 a.m., Nov. 7,? Meeks said.

The Auditor?s office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Nov. 3, according to a press release from the auditor?s office.

There are a few new things people will see happening on election day if they choose to go vote in their precinct.

?People will be asked for an [ID],? Meeks said, ?even though it is not required. This is to get them used to the change.?

In 2019, everyone who votes will be required to show a photo ID, Meeks added. If someone doesn?t have a photo ID with them, then they?ll be given a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot will be held for further review.

Voters may also notice the county?s new voting equipment being used in each precinct.

In August, the Washington County Supervisors approved purchasing new laptops, voting tabulators and voting boxes to be in service by the city elections, as reported in The Journal.

?They?re pretty user-friendly,? Meeks said.

The declaration slip that is handed to each voter when they go to the polls will be changed for this election.

?You won?t have to fill it out like before,? Meeks said. ?All the information will be printed on an 8-by-11 sheet of paper. All you have to do is sign it.?

If additional forms are needed from the voter, the election worker will be prompted to request that information while using a new laptop that was also approved by the supervisors in August and part of the new election equipment that was purchased.

To get ready for the election, the county has held training sessions on the equipment for poll workers, Meeks said.

There is also a change to voting precinct in the City of Washington.

?The new precinct is at the United Presbyterian Home for Wards 2 and 3,? Meeks said. ?Ward 2 was moved there because the [former] library was sold.?

The City of Kalona has a tempory voting place at the library until construction on the community center is done, Meeks added.