Absentee ballots are generally available at least 20 days prior to an election. Registered voters are eligible to receive an absent voter ballot if one of the following provisions are met:
Are physically unable to attend the polls with the assistance of another individual
Cannot attend the polls because of religious beliefs
Have been appointed an election precinct inspector in a precinct other that the precinct where you reside
Cannot attend the polls because you are confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial
You are 60 years of age or older
Expect to absent from the city the entire time the polls are open on election day
For every election, Absent Voter Ballot Applications, are automatically processed and mailed to all eligible voters 60 years of age and older. Any other eligible voter may obtain an application by calling or coming into the city offices. If time is limited, a voter may also submit a written request, which would include the name, address, reason for requesting the ballot, and an original signature.
Once the signed application or request has been received, the ballot can either be given or mailed to the voter. When requesting an absent voter ballot, be sure to include an address where the ballot will be sent if it is an address outside of the community. If no address is indicated, the ballot will be mailed to the voters registered address.
State law limits the persons who may be in lawful possession of an absent voter ballot (not yet voted or voted) to:
A member of the voter's immediate family who has been asked to return the ballot
A person residing in the voter's household who has been asked to return the ballot
A person whose job it is to handle mail
The clerk or other authorized election official
A person in illegal possession of an absent voter ballot (voted or not yet voted) is guilty of a felony.