General Election taking place November 3, vote absentee in person through next Monday

General Election is November 3 ... In-person absentee voting prior to the Tuesday, November 3 General Election continues to take place at the Auditor’s Office in the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The Allamakee County Auditor’s Office will also be open this Saturday, October 31 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for in-person absentee voting. The last day to cast an in-person absentee ballot will be Monday, November 2.

Tuesday, November 3 is scheduled as the General Election to determine which candidates will be elected by voters to leadership positions at the national, state and local levels of government. A Sample Ballot and Notice of Election featuring a listing of candidates, polling sites and other pertinent local election information are printed on Page 18 of the October 28, 2020 print edition and e-edition of The Standard. A candidate question and answer series was already published in the October 7 edition of The Standard.

In-person absentee voting ends Monday, November 2 at 4 p.m. The hours of in-person absentee voting are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Auditor’s Office in the Allamakee County Courthouse. Also, residents can vote in person at the courthouse this Saturday, October 31, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Auditor’s office requests that voters bring their own blue or black ink pen when they come to vote, due to COVID-19.

Absentee ballots that have been mailed to voters need to be mailed back no later than the voters’ local U.S. Post Office close of business Monday, November 2. Absentee ballots can also be hand-delivered to the Allamakee County Auditor’s Office up until 9 p.m. the day of the November 3 General Election, or can be dropped in the new Courthouse Drop Box located outside the south entrance.

Iowa law now requires all in-person voters to show an ID. Voters need to bring an ID with them to vote either at the courthouse prior to Election Day or at the polls on Election Day.

For the November 3 General Election, there will be eight of the normal 11 polling locations (see Page 18) open in Allamakee County Election Day, November 3. All polling sites will be open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. the day of the election.

The normal sites at Dorchester, New Albin, Lansing (IC Catholic Church), Harpers Ferry and Waterville will be open to voters as usual. In Postville there will be one site at Memorial Hall for all voters in Post and Franklin Townships and in the City of Postville.

In Waukon, the Banquet Center will be open as normal for voters in French Creek, Makee and most of Jefferson, Ludlow and Union Prairie townships. One other location will be open in Waukon at First Baptist Church, which will combine the three Waukon Wards and the remaining few voters from Jefferson, Ludlow and Union Prairie townships. This same combined polling place was used for the Primary Election for all City of Waukon voters, right next door to the Banquet Center.

Curbside voting will be an option at all polling locations on Election Day. Anyone who is diagnosed with COVID-19 or is quarantined in the days leading up to November 3 and has not voted absentee can use the curbside voting option, with poll workers trained on how to bring a ballot to curbside and protect themselves in all ways possible.

This possibility of being quarantined or becoming ill with COVID-19 near the election is a good reason to consider voting absentee by mail, or voting absentee in person, to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Those who have election questions should call the Allamakee County Auditor’s office at 563-568-3522.

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