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Special election for supervisor is April 9

CORNING – Adams County will hold a special election April 9 to fill the supervisor District 5 seat vacated by Karl McCarty.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Election Day, April 9. Voting is limited to those voters who reside in District 5–Prescott.

Ballots will be printed and tested after the filing deadline of March 15.

Absentee ballots will be available at a future date after March 15 at the auditor’s office at the courthouse at 500 Ninth St., in Corning. Ballots may be voted there 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The auditor’s office has begun taking requests for those voters who wish to have an absentee ballot mailed to them. The request form can be found at www.adamscountyia.com or you can call the auditor’s office at 641-322-3340 to have a request form mailed to you. The deadline to request to have an absentee ballot mailed to you is 5 p.m. Friday, March 29. There will be no ballots mailed for any requests received after 5 p.m. March 29.

Voters may submit a request for an absentee ballot by email or fax. However, the original signed copy must still be mailed to the auditor’s office with a postmark of March 29 or earlier, and received by the time the polls close on election day. Overseas voters do not have to send their original requests. All electronic requests must include an image of the voter’s written signature.

Pre-paid return postage is provided for all ballots returned by mail to the election office. A mailed ballot received after April 9 must be postmarked on or before April 8, or it will not be counted. Postmarks are not always affixed by the U.S. Postal Service, so mail your absentee ballot early enough so that it arrives by Election Day. Even if the ballot is postmarked on time, mailed ballots must also be received by noon Monday, April 15 in the auditor’s office or they will not be counted. Due to the shortened timeline, it is important for voters to mail back their ballots ASAP.

Absentee ballots may not be turned in at a polling place except to be surrendered and voided, in which case the voter would vote in person at the polling place. Hand-delivered ballots need to be taken to the auditor’s office by 9 p.m. April 9.

Voter pre-registration deadline: The last day to pre-register at the auditor’s office for this election is before 5 p.m. Friday, March 29. Voter registration forms may also be found at www.sos.iowa.gov. Following the deadline and on Election Day, any new voter and any voter who has moved from outside the county will be processed using the requirements of Election Day registration and must provide proof of residence and identity.

Election Day registration: A person who is eligible to register to vote may do so on Election Day at the polling place for the precinct in which the person lives. The person must complete a voter registration form, sign an oath and provide acceptable proof of both identity and residence. The most common example of an acceptable form of identity and residence is an Iowa driver’s license that is not expired and shows the person’s address on Election Day. Other acceptable forms of identity may be found at www.sos.iowa.gov.

Voting at the polls: All voters are required to provide an approved form of identification at the polling place before they may receive and cast a ballot. Voters who are not pre-registered or voters changing precincts must also provide proof of residence. Any voter who cannot show ID may have their identity attested to by another registered voter in the precinct who has proper ID. For more information about voter ID, visit http://sos.iowa.gov/voterid or call 641-322-3340.

Questions may be directed to the auditor’s office, 500 Ninth St., in Corning; call 641-322-3340 or email acelect@adamscountyia.com.

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