WATERLOO (KWWL)-- "Absentee ballots are treated like any other ballot," said Grant Veeder, Black Hawk County Auditor.
That is what Grant Veeder with the Black Hawk County Auditor's Office wants to stress.
He says some people think absentee ballots are only counted in close races, but that's not the case, as with any election, every vote counts.
"They are counted, they are included in the totals and your vote counts just as much if you vote absentee as it does if you go to the polls," said Veeder.
Veeder says there is an absentee committee made of republicans and democrats who take the ballots and put them into the voting machine.
"They take the ballots out of the envelopes and mix them up before anyone can associate a ballot with an individual voter and then they are put them through a machine."
Veeder also says some people may think if they leave a question blank, its an automatic "yes" vote. That's also not true.
"It's your choice whether you want to vote in a given race or on a given question or yes or no for a certain judge. If you leave it blank no vote is cast either way."
If you're mailing an absentee ballot in, they have to be postmarked by the day before the election, Monday November 1st.
You can also vote early in-person at your county auditor's office.
Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough