Satellite Absentee Voting

Satellite voting is simply an absentee voting station at a location other than the Auditor's Office. Satellites can be established by the County Auditor or petitioned for by the public.

Satellite voting sites have not been established for this election.  
 
Download a petition form from the Secretary of State website.

Iowa Code 53.11 Satellite absentee voting stations.
1. a. Satellite absentee voting stations may be established throughout the cities and county at the direction of
the commissioner and shall be established upon receipt of a petition signed by not less than one hundred eligible
electors requesting that a satellite absentee voting station be established at a location to be described on the
petition. However, if a special election is scheduled in the county on a date that falls between the date of the
regular city election and the date of the city runoff election, the commissioner is not required to establish a
satellite absentee voting station for the city runoff election.
b. A satellite absentee voting station established by petition must be open at least one day for a minimum of six
hours. A satellite absentee voting station established at the direction of the commissioner or by petition may
remain open until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.

2. A petition requesting a satellite absentee voting station must be filed by the following deadlines:
a. For a primary or general election, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the forty-seventh day before the election.
b. For the regular city election or a city primary election, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the thirtieth day before the
election.
c. For a city runoff election, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the twenty-first day before the election.
d. For the regular school election, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the thirtieth day before the election.
e. For a special election, no later than thirty-two days before the special election.

3. Procedures for absentee voting at satellite absentee voting stations shall be the same as specified in section
53.10 for voting at the commissioner’s office. Additional procedures shall be prescribed by rule by the state
commissioner.

4. During the hours when absentee ballots are available at a satellite absentee voting station, electioneering shall
not be allowed within the sight or hearing of voters at the satellite absentee voting station.

5. At least seven days before the date that absentee ballots will be available at a satellite absentee voting
station, the commissioner shall notify the county chairperson of each political party of the date, time, and place
that the satellite absentee voting station will be in operation in the county, so that the chairpersons may appoint
observers to be present at the station during the hours absentee ballots are available. No more than two
observers from each political party shall be present at any one satellite absentee voting station.
[SS15, §1137-e; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, §937; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, §53.11] 84 Acts, ch 1291, §13; 91 Acts,ch 129, §19; 93 Acts, ch 143, §32; 94 Acts, ch 1169, §65; 97 Acts, ch 170, §70, 71; 2002 Acts, ch 1134, §64–66, 115; 2005 Acts,ch 72, §2; 2007 Acts, ch 112, §1–3; 2008 Acts, ch 1191, §115; 2009 Acts, ch 131, §1