Absentee voting is available for the Ward 2 Decorah City Council special election.
Voters can cast a ballot early by visiting the Winneshiek County Auditor’s office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or through the mail.
The city of Decorah special election for the Ward 2 Council vacancy is Tuesday, Sept. 24. Ward 2 voters will vote at the Winneshiek County Courthouse from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 24.
Emily Neal and Dan Kirkeby are the two candidates for the Ward 2 Council position.
In July, the Decorah City Council voted 5-1 to appoint Neal to fill the vacancy left when Council member Dan Bellrichard moved from Ward 2. The only other applicant for the position, Kirkeby, received one vote.
After the appointment, Winneshiek County Republican Chair Tom Hansen started a petition calling for the special election, which is allowed by Iowa Code. It costs the city about $1,500 to hold a special election.
Neal will now serve until the special election. Whoever is elected at the special election will serve until the general election Tuesday, Nov. 5. Both Neal and Kirkeby also plan to run in the general election.
Questions about the special election or any election topic can be directed to the Auditor’s Office at auditor@co.winneshiek.ia.us or 563-382-5085.