Fixing to vote in Dallas County? Here’s how to do it

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Early voting is ongoing now until Nov. 2 at the Dallas County temporary elections office at 818 Court St. in Adel (formerly Adel Chrysler) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The temporary elections office will also be open Saturday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 2020 general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 3. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Absentee/mail-in voting began Monday, Oct. 5, so you can vote at any time between now and the Nov. 3 general election.

Voting by mail and voting early

Absentee/mail-in ballots may be cast in person at the Dallas County temporary elections office at 818 Court St. in Adel from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Monday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m.

The Dallas County temporary elections office at 818 Court St. in Adel will also be open Saturday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Absentee ballot request (ABR) forms may be obtained at the Dallas County Auditor’s office or downloaded from the Iowa Secretary of State website. Many eligible voters in Dallas County will already have received ABRs in the mail from various sources.

The Dallas County Auditor’s office must receive all ABRs by 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and completed absentee ballots that are returned by mail must be postmarked before midnight Monday, Nov. 2.

Absentee ballots may also be cast in person by early voters at any of the following satellite voting locations on the dates indicated:

Oct. 12-13: 2-8 p.m., St. Boniface Catholic Church, 1200 Warrior Lane, Waukee

Oct. 15-16: 2-8 p.m., McCreary Community Building, 1800 Pattee St., Perry

Oct. 22-23: 2-8 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 7075 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines

Oct. 23: 2-8 p.m., Heartland Presbyterian Church, 1400 Hickman Road, Clive

Oct. 24: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Heartland Presbyterian Church, 1400 Hickman Road, Clive

Absentee ballots may be delivered in person to the Dallas County Auditor’s office on election day before the polls close at 9 p.m.

First register to vote, and then vote.

In order to be eligible to vote in the November general election, you must first be a registered voter. To find out whether you are a registered voter, visit the Iowa Secretary of State website. To register to vote you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age, not currently judged by a court to be “incompetent to vote” and not convicted of a felony (or have received a restoration of rights).

You may register on election day at your polling place, or you may pre-register at the Dallas County Auditor’s office at any time before Saturday, Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. You may also download a voter registration form from the Iowa Secretary of State website and mail the completed form to: Dallas County Auditor, 210 N. 10th St., Adel, IA 50003.

In order to register to vote, you will be required to show proof of residency and identity. One valid form of ID is a valid Iowa Driver’s license with your current address. Hard copy proof of residency (electronic copies are acceptable) can be accomplished with any of the following documents:

• Property tax statement
• Utility bill
• Bank Statement
• Paycheck
• Government check
• Other government document

Proof of residency must be current within the last 45 days. A current photo ID that is valid and contains an expiration date can also be used to prove your identity. Valid documents that prove identity include:

• Out-of-state driver’s license
• Non-driver identification card
• U.S. passport
• U.S. military ID
• ID card issued by employer
• Iowa high school or college ID
• Veteran ID

If you are already registered to vote and your name, party and/or address has changed, you can indicate these changes in the same way you register, and you may do so at any time up to and including on election day. On election day, changes may be made at the voters’ polling place and if you have moved and your address has changed, then you will need to go to your new polling site to make then changes and then to vote.

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