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WATERLOO — Absentee ballots are now available in Black Hawk County for the Nov. 7 city election. All polling place locations will open 7 a.m. to 8 pm.

The courthouse, 316 E. Fifth St., is now open for early voting through Nov. 6 for all precincts. The Election Office is located on the 2nd floor and regular courthouse hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm.

To receive an absentee ballot by mail, voters may submit an Official Absentee Ballot Request Form that can be found at www.sos.iowa.gov and www.co.black-hawk.ia.us or from the Election Office. A handwritten request can be accepted if it includes the following required information: full name, complete address, date of birth, date or name of election, and the voter’s signature. The deadline for submitting a request form to have an absentee ballot mailed to a voter is Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.

It is possible to fax your Absentee Ballot Request form; however, the original document must be delivered in person or mailed separately with a postmark on or before Nov. 3. The Election Office fax number is 833-3119.

Prepaid return postage is provided for all ballots returned by mail to the Election Office. A mailed ballot must be postmarked on or before Nov. 6 or it will not be counted. Postmarks are not always affixed by the Post Office, so mail your absentee ballot early enough so that it arrives by Election Day. Even if the ballot is postmarked on time, mailed ballots also must be received in the Election Office by the receipt deadline of noon Nov. 9 for runoff cities Waterloo and Cedar Falls.

(In a runoff city, a runoff election will be held Dec. 5 if no candidate in a given race receives more than half of the votes in the Nov. 7 election.)

Absentee ballots may not be turned in at a polling place except to be surrendered and voided. Persons who did not receive or have lost their absentee ballot will be provided the option of voting a provisional ballot.

Voter registration

The last day to preregister at the Election Office for this election is Oct. 27 by 5 pm. Any new voter, who registers before the deadline, will not be required to show proof of residence and identity. Following the deadline and on Election Day, new voters will be processed using the requirements of Election Day registration and will be required to provide both proof of residence and identity.

Questions may be directed to the Election Office — 833-3007 or election@co.black-hawk.ia.us.

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