Due to COVID19 concerns, poll worker availability, and building use policies; there will be fewer polling places than usual for the Nov. 3 General Election.

Precincts that are combined include the following:

• Precinct 1, 4, and 11 – will vote at the Courthouse. These are voters that would normally vote at the Courthouse in Decorah and at the North Winneshiek School north of Decorah.

• Precincts 5 and 6 – will vote at Good Shepherd Church.  There are usually two separate polling locations at Good Shepherd Church. These will be combined into one polling location held at the sanctuary end of the building.

Precincts that are not combined and vote at their normal locations:

• Precinct 2 – First Lutheran Church

• Precinct 3 – Decorah City Hall• Precinct 7 – Calmar Lutheran Church

• Precinct 8 – Ossian Community Center

• Precinct 9 – Ridgeway Community Center• Precinct 10 – Fort Atkinson Community Center

Absentee voting will begin in person and through the mail on Oct. 5. Voters that are voting in person, on Election Day or early in the Auditor’s Office, are encouraged to bring their own blue or black pen to mark their ballots. All in-person voters are encouraged to wear a face covering and maintain at least 6 feet of social distance while waiting in line.Satellite Absentee voting will be available for Precinct 5 and 6, which includes Decorah Wards 4 and 5, Canoe Township, and the part of Decorah Township in Supervisor district 3, on Oct. 13 and Oct. 21. The satellite station will be held at Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther College Campus, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

Sample ballots, election forms, maps, and other election material is available at www.winneshiekcounty.org.  Election questions can be directed to (563) 382-5085 or auditor@co.winneshiek.ia.us.