The voting public is notified of several Election related reminders by Winneshiek County Auditor Ben Steines:

• Absentee Ballots by mail:  To be guaranteed to be counted should be returned to the Auditor’s Office by 9 p.m. on Election Day.  The public can use the dropbox by the Courthouse parking lot to return their ballots. Be sure to sign the Affidavit Envelope. Ballots received after Election Day can only be counted if they contain a valid postmark dated Nov. 2, or earlier or can be tracked in the USPS barcode system as being mailed no later than Nov. 2. Postmarks and barcode scanning are NOT GUARENTEED. So, voters are encouraged to return their ballots as soon as possible.

• Early Voting in the Auditor’s Office (in person absentee voting): The Auditor’s Office is open for absentee voting Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• COVID19: In-person voters are encouraged to wear a mask and practice safe social distancing.  Voters can also bring their own blue or black pen to mark their ballots.

• Voting on Election Day, Nov. 3:  The polls will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Because of COVID19 related issues some polling locations will be changed: Precincts 1, 4, & 11 will vote at the Courthouse. These are voters in Hesper Township, Highland Township, Pleasant Township, Decorah Ward 2, and the part of Decorah Township in Supervisor District 5. Precincts 5 and 6 (normally vote at two separate areas of Good Shepherd Church) will vote together at one polling location at Good Shepherd Church. This polling location will be held in the lobby outside the sanctuary. Voters should use one of the entrances at the west end of the building to enter. All other precincts will vote at their normal polling locations.

• Sample ballots will appear in the newspaper soon.  Sample ballots and other election related information can be found on the Auditor’s page of the Winneshiek County WEB

• ID is required to vote: Voters that are registered by Oct. 24 with the correct address will need to show an ID to vote. Voters that need to register or change their address after Oct. 24 will need to show ID and will also need proof of residency. Visit: for more information about valid proof of ID and residency.

• Visit: to track your absentee ballot, find your polling place, or learn more about voting in Iowa.


For more election related information contact the Winneshiek County Auditor at (563) 382-5085 or by e-mail: