Ballots Available For Nov. 8th Regular City, & Cass Co. Special Elections
October 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson
Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports that ballots for the November 8th, 2011 CITY ELECTIONS (in Anita, Atlantic, Cumberland, Griswold, Lewis, Marne, Massena and Wiota) and the November 8th, 2011 COUNTY SPECIAL ELECTION are available at the Cass County Auditor’s Office. Absentee ballots may be requested by registered voters not going to the assigned voting site on election day, when the polls will be open from NOON to 8 p.m. for all cities in Cass County except for ATLANTIC WARD 2/GROVE 2 TOWNSHIP PRECINCT and the ATLANTIC WARD 3 PRECINCT, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (hours for the county special election).
Voters unable to go to a voting site on election day may vote prior to election day by paper ballot either BY MAIL or IN PERSON AT THE OFFICE OF THE CASS COUNTY AUDITOR during regular office hours at the Cass County Courthouse. The Cass County Auditor recommends that a person unable to go to a voting site on election day, request or go to the auditor’s office as soon as they know they are aware of that fact. For all polls that open at noon on election day, absentee ballots may be cast at the county auditor’s office on election day between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Deadline for voters to request an absentee ballot to be mailed is Friday, November 4th, per Iowa Code.
MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROCESS:
TO VOTE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL, A request for an absentee ballot must be made.
1. Deliver an OFFICIAL ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST FORM by mail or personal carrier to the auditor’s office. Request forms are available at the auditor’s office or on the internet at http://www.sos.state.ia.us<http://www.sos.state.ia.us/> The request must be signed to be valid.
2. When a request is received by the auditor, a ballot will be mailed if the person is a registered elector. A request for a ballot to be mailed must be received by the county auditor no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. (If a request is received from a person not registered to vote in Cass County, the person will not be sent an absentee ballot until he/she has registered to vote and has completed a new absentee ballot request form. The auditor will send the person a registration form and an absentee ballot request form. Note: the registration form must be received by the county auditor no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.
3. Upon receipt of the ballot, the voter completes the ballot, seals it in a special envelope and signs on the outside of that affidavit envelope. The affidavit envelope is to be placed in the STAMPED/PREADDRESSED RETURN ENVELOPE and returned by mail or hand delivered to the county auditor no later than the close of election polls on Nov. 8, 2011.
TO VOTE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IN THE OFFICE OF THE CASS COUNTY AUDITOR you may stop in and request a ballot over the counter. The ballot must then be voted immediately in a voting booth located in that office. The ballot will be sealed in an affidavit envelope by the voter, will be left at the auditor’s office, and will be retained with all other absentee ballots that are cast by mail or in person. Last day to vote absentee in the office of the county auditor is Tuesday, November 8, 2011 no later than 11 a.m. (except for Atlantic Ward 2/Grove 2 Twp. and Atlantic Ward 3: the deadline is Monday, November 7, 2011 no later than 5 p.m.)
On election day a counting board will process/tabulate all absentee ballots. Office hours for the Cass County Auditor are Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. thru 4:30 p.m. (Auditor’s office will be open until 5 p.m. on Oct. 28th, Nov. 4th and Nov. 7th). In order to vote in this election you must be a resident of the respective city and be registered to vote. A person must re-register if that person has moved or has changed his/her name since he/she last registered. Deadline for mailed registration forms to be delivered to the County Auditor’s office for this election is no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 unless postmarked on or before Mon., Oct. 24.
The DATE FOR THE REGULAR CITY ELECTION and the COUNTY SPECIAL ELECTION is TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2011. The polls open at NOON for all cities in Cass County and all polls close at 8 p.m. except for ATLANTIC WARD 2/GROVE 2 TWP and ATLANTIC WARD 3. Hours for the latter two are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Additional information for the November 8, 2011 CITY ELECTION and COUNTY SPECIAL ELECTION:
ALL POLLING/VOTING CENTERS for all cities in Cass County will open at 12 noon and close at 8 P.M. except ATLANTIC WARD 2/GROVE 2 TWP and ATLANTIC WARD 3. Hours for the latter two are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
ANITA: The polling precinct is located at the Anita Community Center, 805 Main St and will open at 12:00 o’clock noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M.
ATLANTIC: The polling precincts will open at 12:00 o’clock noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M. for FIRST WARD - Zion Lutheran Church, 9th St between Linn St and Oak St; FOURTH WARD - United Church of Christ, 1607 Hazel; FIFTH WARD - Heritage House, 1200 Brookridge Circle.
ATLANTIC: The polling precincts will open at 7:00 o’clock A.M. and close at 9:00 o’clock P.M. for SECOND WARD/GROVE 2 TWP – Atlantic Public Library, 6th & Poplar St THIRD WARD - Cass County Community Center, 805 West 10th St
CUMBERLAND: The polling precinct is located at the Cumberland Community Building, 200 W 2nd St and will open at 12:00 o’clock noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M.
GRISWOLD: The polling precinct is located at the Griswold Community Center, 601 2nd St and will open at 12:00 o’clock noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M.
LEWIS: The polling precinct is located at the Lewis City Hall, 416 W Main St and will open at 12:00 o’clock noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M.
MARNE: The polling precinct is located at the Marne City Hall, 402 Washington and will open at 12:00 o’clock noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M.
MASSENA: The polling precinct is located at the Massena Public Library, 122 Main St and will open at 12 noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M.
WIOTA: The polling precinct is located at the Wiota City Hall, 311 Center St and will open at 12:00 o’clock noon and close at 8:00 o’clock P.M.