Download and print an absentee ballot request form

Absentee voting may be accomplished in 2 ways:

1) Voting in person
Absentee ballots are available before each election from the Election Office in the Court House, 720 Central Avenue, Dubuque or our Elections Annex, 75 Locust Street, Dubuque. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Notices are provided by the local media when ballots are available for a specific election. Absentee ballots cast in person must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.

2) Voting by Mail
Persons wishing to request a ballot should print and complete the Iowa Absentee Ballot Request Form from the link above, and mail or hand deliver it to the Election Office at:

720 Central Avenue
PO BOX 5001
Dubuque, IA 52004-5001

Voters wishing to have a ballot mailed to them, must have the request to the Election Office no later then 5:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the Election.

NOTE : E-mail requests cannot be accepted

Overseas and Military voters, click here, for information from the Federal Voting Assistance Program

Faxing an Application

Applications may also be faxed to the Election Office; however, the fax must be followed by an original request, mailed separately and received in the Election Office before Election Day in order for the ballot to be counted. The Election Office fax is 563.589.4478.

Lost or Spoiled Ballot

A voter who has requested an absentee ballot may obtain a replacement ballot if they declare that the original ballot was lost or did not arrive. The commissioner will provide a duplicate ballot to a voter who requests one in writing or orally. Contact the Election Office at 563.589.4457 for more information.

Mailing or Returning Voted Ballots

Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received not later than noon on the Monday following the election. Absentee ballots may be mailed to the commissioner. Postage will be paid by the Election Office.

A ballot may be hand delivered to the Election Office, no later than the close of the polls on Election Day.

A voted absentee ballot may not be turned in at the polling place on election day, except to be surrendered and voided, in which case the voter will be allowed to vote at their polling place.

Absentee ballots must be returned to the Election Office whether they are voted or not.

Voter Hospitalized

Any qualified elector who becomes a patient or resident of a hospital or health care facility within 3 days prior to the date of an election, may request an absentee ballot during that period or on election day. Requestors may also telephone the commissioner not later than four hours before the close of the polls. If the request is in order, an absentee ballot will be personally delivered to the voter at the hospital by 2 election officials, who will assist the voter (if requested) and return the sealed, voted ballot to the Election Office to be counted on election day.