Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to the most frequently asked elections questions.
- What is on the ballot? Enter your address to view a sample ballot.
- How do I request an absentee ballot?
- Track your absentee ballot.
- Where do I vote? Enter your address to find your polling location.
- Who are my elected officials?
- How do I register to vote?
November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election
MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE!
The November 3 Presidential General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Linn County voters have several options when casting ballots.
Register to Vote
- Make sure you are registered to vote.
- Pre-registration ends Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 at 5 p.m. The Auditor's Office will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located at 935 2nd St. SW in Cedar Rapids.
- Pre-registration allows for verification of a voter’s current residence and a quicker voting experience on Election Day.
- Find out if you are registered to vote in Iowa.
- Voters with a driver’s license or non-operator ID may use the Iowa DOT website to register to vote or update an address.
- Voters may also call 319-892-5300, option 1 to request a paper form.
- After pre-registration, new voters or voters with a change of address will also need to provide evidence of residency.
- Request an absentee ballot (PDF). Requests for absentee ballots must be received in the Linn County Auditor’s Office by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. The office will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located at 935 2nd St. SW in Cedar Rapids.
- Vote by mail: Voted absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Monday, Nov. 2, the day before Election Day, to count in the election. Postmarks are not guaranteed by the Post Office.
- Vote by drop box: Voted absentee ballots can also be placed in the Auditor’s Office white drop box until 9 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. The white drop box is located in the Public Service Center parking lot at 935 2nd St. SW, Cedar Rapids.
- Remember to sign your absentee ballot.
- Track your absentee ballot.
- More information on absentee voting.
- Absentee Reports
Early, In-Person Voting Options
- Voters in Linn County also have the option for in-person, early voting.
- In-person absentee voting will begin on Monday, Oct. 5 and continue through Monday, Nov. 2 until 5 p.m.
- View a list of early in-person voting opportunities (PDF).
- Curbside voting is available at each location.
- Voters must present an ID when voting in-person.
Election Day Voting
- On Election Day, Nov. 3, voters will need to vote at their general election poll location.
- Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
- Due to COVID-19 and the derecho, many polling places have changed.
- Find your polling location using your address at LinnCountyElections.org/Lookup.
Questions regarding voter registration or absentee voting can be answered by visiting LinnCounty.org/Vote, emailing email@example.com, or calling 319-892-5300, option 1.
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