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Absentee Voting

Absentee Requirements

There are several ways to vote absentee:

  • To vote absentee by mail you must complete a request form. You may contact the Auditor’s Office to request that a form be sent to you. Once completed, please return the form to the Ringgold County Auditor’s Office, 109 W. Madison St., Mount Ayr, Iowa 641-464-3239. Printable absentee ballot request forms are also available from the Secretary of State.
  • To be sent an absentee ballot by mail, the Auditor’s Office must receive your Absentee Ballot Request form by 5pm on the Friday 11 days before the Election (10 days before a General Election)
  • In-person absentee voting is available in the Auditor’s Office during regular business hours (8am-4:00pm). The deadline for in-person absentee is 5pm on the Monday before the election.

Absentee ballots returned by mail to the Auditor’s Office must be postmarked on or before the Monday immediately preceding the Election to be counted.

Instructions on how to vote your absentee ballot will be included with your ballot.

Download an Absentee Ballot Request Form

Complete the Absentee Ballot Request Form and send it to:

Ringgold County Auditor's Office
109 W. Madison St.
Mount Ayr, IA 50854

Track Your Absentee Ballot

You may track your absentee ballot to ensure that it has been mailed to you and that it gets returned to the Auditor's Office.

College Students

Students from Ringgold County have several options when it comes to voting:

  • College students may choose to keep their Ringgold County address and either return home to vote in-person on Election Day, vote a Ringgold County ballot by mail, or vote in-person absentee at the Auditor’s Office.
  • Students may also choose to register in their new state or county and cast a ballot in that jurisdiction. Students should contact their new local election officials for more information.

Health Care Facility Residents

Under Iowa law, the County Auditor must send a bipartisan team of election officials to hand-deliver ballots to residents of health care facilities, assist in the voting of the residents, and return the ballots safely to the Auditor’s Office where they are securely stored until they are counted.  Voting at health care facilities is often coordinated through the activities department at each facility so please check with the staff to obtain a ballot request form to be brought a ballot.

Hospital Patients

Voters who are admitted to a hospital or health care facility in the three days immediately prior to an election may request an absentee ballot and it will be hand-delivered to them to vote and then returned to the Auditor’s Office.  Please contact the Auditor’s Office immediately if you are hospitalized and would like to vote.

Overseas Voters

Click here for information on requesting and voting an absentee ballot when overseas.