Absentee voting may be accomplished in 2 ways:
1) Voting in person – Absentee voting in-person starts 29 days before an election
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
Requests can be accepted no earlier than 120-days before an election. Ballots can be mailed 29-days before an election. 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. 10-days before the General Election or 11-days before all other Elections.
Requests by Email or Fax
Absentee request forms may also be emailed or faxed to the Election Office; however, the email or fax must be followed up by an original absentee request form. The envelope containing the original request form should be mailed separately from the absentee ballot, and be postmarked by the voter registration deadline for the election and received in the Election Office before the polls close on 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.
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.