The Marshall County Auditor's Office is set to offer its satellite voting services next week and the beginning of the week after at the Marshall Town Center and Marshalltown Community College.
"We believe it's important to offer voters the convenience for those voters who work during the week or students who may be away at school during the week," said Auditor Karen Squiers. "We also feel we probably reach some non-traditional voters who may not otherwise vote in the election."
The process to vote at a satellite voting location is the same as the absentee balloting process. They are, in essence, the same thing, except that voters who fill out the absentee ballot request will fill it out at the site.
Residents of Marshall County, and citizens of the United States, who are not registered can also register at the satellite voting location and vote that same day.
The two locations hosting satellite voting have done so routinely in the past. There had been a movement to possibly move, or at least supplement, these satellite voting locations with others in the community, but the petitions were to do so were never presented.
Satellite voting will take place at the Marshall Town Center from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16; and from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 17.
The next day, which is a Monday, satellite voting will be held at the Marshalltown Community College's student union from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Absentee ballots are already available at the Marshall County Courthouse during normal business hours. Anyone registered to vote in Marshall County can go there and request a ballot and fill it out before leaving.
Voters may also take a ballot home and mail it back, or return it in person.
On the ballot this year are races for county treasurer, county supervisor, Iowa House, along with several state positions, including the office of governor. An election to fill out the term of a vacated Marshalltown City Council seat is also on the ballot.
Contact Ken Black at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org