Receiving Your Ballot
You may receive your ballot by mail or by email/fax. If you wish to do so, notify your county auditor on your request and provide a valid email address or fax number.
Returning Your Ballot by Email or Fax
As a military voter, you may be eligible to return your voted ballot by fax or email if you are an active member of the army, navy, marine corps, merchant marine, coast guard, air force, or Iowa National Guard and are outside the U.S. or any of its territories
You must sign a statement waiving your right to a secret ballot and affirming you are eligible to return your ballot electronically.
Your ballot must be received in the county auditor's office before the polls close on election day.
Returning Your Ballot by Mail
If you are not located outside of the United States, you must return your voted absentee ballot by mail even if you sreceived your ballot by email or fax.
If you use the U.S. Postal Service or the FPO/APO mail system and the return envelope form provided, postage is free. Otherwise, you must pay the postage.
The ballot must be postmarked by the Monday before election day or earlier and received in the county auditor’s office no later than noon on the Tuesday following the election for the November 6, 2012, General Election.
Postmarks are not guaranteed, so mail your absentee ballot early enough that it arrives before election day.
For school and some city and special elections, the return deadline may be earlier. Read the instructions sent with the ballot.