How to Request an Absentee Ballot


Voters must submit an Absentee Ballot Request Form (PDF) if voting before Election Day. The Official Absentee Ballot Request form prescribed by the Iowa Secretary of State’s office is preferred to request an absentee ballot.


Each request form must include: 
  • The name and signature of the registered voter
  • The date the request form is signed by the voter
  • The registered voter's date of birth
  • The address at which the voter is registered to vote
  • The registered voter's voter verification number
  • The name or date of the election for which the absentee ballot is requested
  • Such other information as may be necessary to determine the correct absentee ballot for the registered voter

Submit the Request

Submit your request for an absentee ballot no more than 70 days before the election. Ballots will start to be mailed out 20 days before an election. The County Auditor must receive your completed request to mail no later than 5 p.m., 15 days before an election. You may vote in person at the Election Office from 20 days before the election until 5:00 pm on the Monday before the election.

Only one person may request a ballot on a request form. Two or more people cannot share a request form. You must also use a separate request form for each election for which you are requesting a ballot.


Mail absentee ballot request to:
Black Hawk County Elections
316 E 5th Street
Room 210
Waterloo, IA 50703


If you have questions regarding the information provided on this document, please contact The Black Hawk County Election Office at 319-833-3007 or, or call the Iowa Secretary of State’s office at 888-SOS-Vote (1-888-767-8683).