In-person and curbside absentee voting begins May 4 in Allamakee County for upcoming June 2 Primary Election

Only three polling site locations will be available for Primary Election

For the health of voters, the health of dedicated poll workers, and to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer encourages everyone to vote Absentee By Mail for the June 2 Primary election.

How does a person receive an absentee ballot? Most will receive an Absentee Ballot Request form in the mail this week from the Secretary of State. There was also an Absentee Ballot Request form printed in the April 22  of this newspaper. Other ways to receive Absentee Ballot Request forms include visiting or calling the Allamakee County Auditor’s office at 563-568-3522. Completed and signed Absentee Ballot Request forms should be mailed to Allamakee County Auditor, 110 Allamakee St, Waukon, IA 52172.

The deadline to submit an Absentee Ballot Request to the Auditor’s office for the Primary is May 22 at 5 p.m. Absentee Ballot Requests for the November 3 General election can not be accepted until July 6.

Beginning May 4, in-person absentee voting will be held at the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon. Although offices are still closed to the public, there will be two options.

First, voters may vote curbside, from their vehicle. This is a safer and healthier option for voters and the Auditor’s office staff. To do this, voters would park along the curb on the south side of the courthouse or in the nearby courthouse parking lot, call 563-568-3522 and tell the staff where they are parked and that they wish to vote from their vehicle.

The second option is to enter the south door of the courthouse and press the Ring Doorbell located at/near the table in the hallway to talk to the Auditor’s office staff and they will assist in voting. In-person absentee voting will take place until the close of business Monday, June 1.

“The best and safest option for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic is to vote Absentee By Mail from your home,” Beyer said.

There will only be three polling places open in Allamakee County June 2 for the Primary Election, due to the Coronavirus and to help keep voters and poll workers healthy. This may be an additional reason to vote by mail.

One site will be in Lansing at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for voters who normally vote in New Albin, Lansing and Harpers Ferry. This includes the townships of Union City, Iowa, Lansing, Lafayette, Center, Fairview and Taylor, as well as the cities of New Albin, Lansing and Harpers Ferry.

The second and third sites will both be in Waukon. One site at the Waukon Banquet Center will include voters who normally vote at the Banquet Center, plus those who normally vote in Waterville, Dorchester and Postville. This includes the townships of French Creek, Makee, most of Jefferson, most of Union Prairie, most of Ludlow, Franklin, Post, Linton, Paint Creek, Waterloo and Hanover, and the cities of Postville and Waterville.

The other site in Waukon will be at the First Baptist Church, next door to the Banquet Center, and will include voters from all three wards in the City of Waukon, and also the remaining voters from Union Prairie, Ludlow and Jefferson townships that normally vote at the NICC Waukon Center, St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Allamakee County Courthouse. Curbside voting is also an option at each election day polling site.

Voting by mail could save travel time, will reduce lines at the polls, will help dedicated poll workers and voters stay healthy, and will help stop the spread of COVID-19. There will be safety measures taken at polling locations, such as hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, and taped marks on the floor to designate six-feet social distancing in an effort to keep those working the polls and those choosing to go to the polls healthy. But again, Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer encourages everyone to Vote By Mail.

Anyone who may be uncertain how voting by mail works, how to assemble the envelopes after they vote their ballot so they can return it correctly to the Auditor’s office, how to change party to vote in the Primary, or have any other election questions, is asked to call the Allamakee County Auditor’s office at 563-568-3522.

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