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Absentee Voter Ballots Available For Municipal Elections

By Staff | Oct 6, 2009

Absentee ballots are now available for the upcoming municipal city elections in Palo Alto County. Municipal Election Day will be Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009.

According to Palo Alto County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Gary Leonard, persons who are disabled or will be absent on Election Day may request an absentee ballot be sent to them through the U.S. Mail. Voters who are eligible to participate in the school board election can request an absentee ballot by mail by completing the “State of Iowa Official Absentee Ballot Request Form” and mailing that form to the Palo Alto County Auditor, P.O. Box 95, Emmetsburg, IA, 50536. The official request form may be picked up at the Auditor’s office, or can be obtained by calling the Auditor’s office at 712-852-2924 to have a form sent to you.

The Palo Alto County Auditor’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A change in the absentee voting procedure for this year’s election allows for individuals to vote an absentee ballot from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the same day as the election. Absentee ballots can also be voted in person at the County Auditor’s Office during normal office hours, or the morning of the election.

The last day to pre-register to vote in the school board elections will be Friday, Oct. 23, 2009.

For the residents of the City of Emmetsburg, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009. All voters living in the City of Emmetsburg will cast their ballots at the Palo Alto County Election Center, 1302 Broadway, in Emmetsburg.

Polling places in the communities in the county will be open from 12 noon until 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Residents of the city of Ayrshire will vote at the Ayrshire City Hall.

Voters living in Curlew will cast their ballots at the Curlew Community Center.

Citizens of Cylinder will cast their ballots at the United States Post Office in Cylinder.

Residents of Graettinger will cast their municipal election ballots at the Graettinger Public Library.

For voters living in the city of Mallard, the Mallard Community Center will be the polling place.

Persons living in Rodman will vote at the Rodman City Hall.

Citizens in Ruthven will cast their ballots at he Ruthven Social Center.

Residents of the city of West Bend will cast their municipal election ballots at the West Bend Public Library.

For questions or more information on the Nov. 3 municipal city elections, registration or absentee ballots, contact Palo Alto County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Gary C. Leonard, at 712-852-2924.