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Emmet County voting for the June 5 Primary Election

April 26, 2012
Estherville Daily News

The Emmet County Auditor's Office is open for voting:

n April 26 to June 1, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

n Saturday, May 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

n Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

n Monday, June 4 from 8 a.m. to noon

Please call 712.362.4261 for further information.

Other key information:

Election-Day Registration: Voters may register on Election Day at their polling place. You must provide proof of who you are and where you live. The best form of ID is a valid Iowa driver's license with your current address. Other accepted forms of identification include an Iowa non-driver identification card, an out-of-state driver's license or non-driver identification card, U.S passport, U.S military ID, ID issued by an employer, or student ID issued by an Iowa high school or college. To prove residence, bring a residential lease, utility bill (such as a cell-phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document.

Declaring a Party: Voters must declare a party affiliation to participate because Iowa's primary election is a "closed primary." For example, only voters registered with the Republican Party or who declare themselves to be members of the Republican Party at the time of voting may vote that party's ballot. Likewise for the Democratic Party ballot. Voters can receive only the ballot for their party. Voters may change their party affiliation anytime before Election Day or at the polling place on Election Day. If you change your party affiliation on or before the primary election and wish to change it back after you vote, you must wait to do so until after Election Day.

Absentee Voting: The deadline to request a mailed absentee ballot is 5 p.m. Friday June 1st. Voters may still request absentee ballots in person at their county auditor's office until close of business on June 4, the day before the election.

Voted absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before June 4. Be aware that the post office does not guarantee postmarks on each piece of mail. Mail the ballot early to make sure it is received on time. Track the status of your absentee ballot at

In addition, voted absentee ballots may be hand-delivered to the county auditor's office until the close of the polls at 9 p.m. on Election Day.

Polling Hours June 5: 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. statewide.

More information: Find links to see whether you are registered and to find your polling location at Or call the secretary of state's election office (515) 281-0145 or (888) 253-3931.



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