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Black Hawk County in-person absentee voting instructions

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) — The County Auditor has stated that in-person absentee voting for the June 2nd Primary Election starts this week.

The Black Hawk County courthouse is closed to the public right now for most purposes due to COVID-19. Voting will take place in the entryway to the 5th Street entrance of the courthouse at 316 E. 5th Street in Waterloo. This entrance is locked majority of the time for security reasons and will only be for absentee voting.

A doorbell has been installed for voters to summon Election Office staff. Parking on that side of the block will be reserved for voting. “We would still strongly urge people to vote from home by sending us a request for an absentee ballot,” said County Auditor Grant Veeder. “But we will accommodate in-person absentee voters at the courthouse through the day before the primary election.”

He noted that Secretary of State Paul Pate sent postage-paid absentee ballot request forms to all active registered voters in the state last week. The ballot applications are tear-off forms on a mailer sent by the state. “Some people are uncomfortable sending the forms in as postcards, leaving personal information exposed,” said Veeder. “If you have that concern, you may fold part of the mailer over the form, tape it up and send it. Or put it in an envelope using the same address that is on the card.”

Voters should be registered with either the Republican or Democratic Party and will receive a ballot for one party or the other. Those not registered with a party or who wish to switch parties may change their registration at the time of voting.

Voting on Election Day for this year's primary will be limited to seven polling places in the county due to the pandemic. Veeder says “Through Tuesday, we have received 9,961 ballot requests. That’s a record for the primary election. In 2018, we had 1,202 absentee ballots, and only 8,573 voters overall, which is a fairly high turnout historically.”

In-person absentee voting at the 5th Street entrance of the courthouse will be available on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through June 1st. Voting will be open until 5:00 p.m. on May 22nd and May 29th and also from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30th. No voting will take place on Memorial Day (May 25th).

For questions, contact the Election Office at 833-3007 or election@co.black-hawk.ia.us

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