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IKM-Manning Shares Changes to State Absentee Voting Rules

Ahead of a September 14 bond issue vote, the IKM-Manning Community School District is sharing updated Iowa state laws related to absentee voting that have gone into effect this year.

Registered voters may request an absentee ballot any time before Monday, August 30 at 4:30 p.m. They can download an absentee ballot request form by visiting https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/absenteeballotapp.pdf. Voters will need to mail or hand deliver the form to their County Auditor’s Office. 

The offices covering IKM-Manning residents include the Audubon County Auditor (318 Leroy St. #4, Audubon, IA 50025); Carroll County Auditor (114 E. 6th St., Carroll, IA 51401); Crawford County Auditor (1202 Broadway, Suite 5, Denison, IA 51442; and Shelby County Auditor (612 Court St., Harlan, IA 51537). 

After an individual makes a request, an absentee ballot will be mailed to them. Once they fill out the ballot, they must then submit it to their County Auditor’s Office by September 14. This is different from years past, when an absentee ballot only needed to be postmarked by the election date. Now, the ballot must be in the auditor’s possession by 8 p.m. on election day to be counted. 

Only the voter, someone living in the voter’s household, an immediate family member of the voter or a special delivery agent may submit an absentee ballot on behalf of a voter. 

Additionally, beginning on Wednesday, August 25, voters may cast their ballots in person at their County Auditor’s Office. The last day to vote in person at the Auditor’s Office is September 13. 

“We want to make sure that our community members have the most up-to-date information regarding the state’s absentee voting rules ahead of our special election,” said Trevor Miller, IKM-Manning Superintendent. “We know that many residents are opting to vote absentee. It’s important to know which changes have gone into effect so that everyone in our community can ensure their vote gets counted.”

On the ballot September 14 is a $19,950,000 General Obligation Bond. If approved, IKM-Manning will be able to address a series of facilities needs in both Irwin and Manning. For more information on the proposed projects, please visit https://www.ikmmanningbond.org.