Polk County Auditor

General Election November 6, 2018

2018 Voting FAQs

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General Election - Important Dates

Address - 120 2nd Ave., Suite A Des Moines, IA 50309

July 9 - First day to request a mailed absentee ballot for the General Election.

October 8 – First day absentee ballot may be mailed or voted in the office 

In office absentee voting begins October 8th @ 8:00 AM

October 15 - Absentee Voting at Satellite Locations begin.  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM  More information 

October 22 – Worry free postmark deadline for mail in voter registration forms

October 27 – Voter preregistration deadline and deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail.  Election office open until 5:00 PM for voter registration.  Voters may use Election Day registration procedures to register to vote after the preregistration deadline.

Saturday, October 27 & November 3 - Election office open until 5:00 PM for in person absentee voting

October 31 – Final day for Absentee Voting at Satellite Locations.  More information

November 5 - 5:00 PM Last day to vote absentee in person at the election office.  Absentee ballots must be postmarked by this date and received by noon on Tuesday, November 13, to be considered on time to be counted.

November 6 - General Election Day.  Find your Polling Place  Polls Open 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM November 6th

The election office address is listed below

    Visit our "Voter Links" page to find your polling place, verify your registration or track your absentee ballot.  

Voter Identification Guide

Registerabsentee and election results links are on the footer. 

Questions?  Call (515) 286-3247

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Main Office

Administration Building
111 Court Avenue, Room 230
Des Moines, IA 50309
Mon - Fri: 8 - 5, except holidays


Phone: (515) 286-3080

Fax: (515) 286-3608


Election Office

George Paletta Building
120 2nd Avenue, Suite A
Des Moines, IA 50309 
Mon - Fri: 8 - 5, except holidays


Phone: (515) 286-3247

Fax: (515) 286-2099


Central Accounting

Administration Building
111 Court Avenue, Room 315
Des Moines, IA 50309 
Mon - Fri: 8 - 5, except holidays


Phone: (515) 286-3753

Fax: (515) 323-5253