IOWA

How to vote from your hospital bed

LINKS

Before October 24, 2020

Register to Vote!

Find more information here at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/voterregistration.html or https://www.vote.org.

Iowa has no-excuse absentee voting by mail, available to all registered voters, which can be requested until October 30, 2020. More information and a link to the application can be found here.

After October 30, 2020

After the end of the normal absentee voting deadline, you may still request an absentee ballot if you live in a designated health care facility or are currently residing in a hospital by directly contacting your county auditor, within four hours of polls opening on election day

Polls Close on Tuesday November 3, 2020

Your ballot will be directly delivered to you at the hospital by a bipartisan team of election officials, who will obtain your vote and be responsible for returning your ballot. If the bipartisan team is unavailable for delivery to health care facilities, you may also have a designee pick up and return your ballot.

 

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STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO VOTE

1.

Check Your Voter Registration

2.

Request an Absentee Ballot Application

If you are hospitalized after the normal absentee voting deadline (October 30), you still qualify for absentee voting. In order to do so, you must contact your county auditor directly to request your absentee ballot. Information on your county auditor can be found here.

 

If you are hospitalized before the Friday before the election (October 30), you may request an absentee ballot by mail by sending a form to your county auditor by 5 PM on that Friday. Information on the absentee voting process and a link to the form can be found here.

If you're unable to access a printer, contact your Patient Voting team at patientvoting@gmail.com and we will help deliver materials to you.

3.

Obtain Your Ballot

Under Iowa law, a bipartisan team of election officials must deliver the absentee ballot to you. If you request your ballot after the normal absentee voting period, the county auditor will notify you when the team will be delivering the ballot to you. If you will not be available during that time, you may notify the county auditor of another time that will be more convenient for you.

The team members will give you your absentee ballot and wait while you mark it. If you need help marking your ballot, you may have someone assist you. You may choose anyone except your employer, your employer’s agent, or an officer/agent of your union. You may also ask the team members for help. You will be asked to sign a form showing you asked for help. If you are not physically able to sign the forms, you can use a rubber stamp or mark to sign. You may also ask for assistance or have someone sign the form on your behalf as long as it is in your presence and with your permission.

In the event that the bipartisan team will be unable to access your health care facility (ex. the COVID-19 pandemic), you may request a designee (ex. relative) to pick up your ballot for you.

4.

Vote!

Fill out your ballot! 

5.

Drop off your Absentee Ballot

The team members will return your voted ballot to the county auditor’s office, where it will be counted.

If you had your ballot picked up by a designee, they are responsible for returning your ballot to the county auditor's office. It must be returned before the polls close on Election Day.

If you have difficulty with getting your ballot to the County Elections office, contact your Patient Voting team at patientvoting@gmail.com and we will help figure this out.

 

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STATE LAW

Iowa

Iowa Code § 53.22(2)

Voters hospitalized within three days of the election can request an absentee ballot within four hours of the polls closing.

 

COVID-19 and Patient Voting

Here is how COVID-19 is affecting Patient Voting in this state:

Iowa has no-excuse absentee voting by mail, available to all registered voters, so that you do not have to be physically present a polling station to vote. More information and a link to the application can be found here.

If you are hospitalized after the normal absentee voting deadline, you are still able to vote by absentee ballot by contacting the county auditor's office directly, but the usual bipartisan team responsible for delivering and returning your ballot are not offered currently due to all Iowa health care facilities being limited to essential personnel. In this case, you may still obtain a ballot by having a designee pick up your ballot and returning the filled-out ballot before polls close on Election Day.

Contact patientvoting@gmail.com for more info

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