Absentee ballots were supposed to have been available for early voting on Monday, Oct. 7.
The voting forms hadn’t arrived from the printer – H.M. Adkins & Son. Inc. – so no early voting.
On Tuesday, the ballots had yet to arrive. Some counties, state election officials said, hadn’t even viewed final proofs of their ballots yet – Warren County, for example.
Local election officials were prepared to offer paper ballots for people to vote. Then, when the ballots are counted on Tuesday, Nov. 5, the paper ballots would have been transcribed to official ballots so they could be tabulated by voting machine.
State elections officials nixed that idea. They advised to wait.
No ballots arrived on Tuesday.
Still no ballots on Wednesday.
Finally, Thursday afternoon, the ballots arrived in Madison County, and people were allowed to vote.
In Madison County, there are 19 ballots for the November election. A total of 18 are for the various precincts, and one is for absentee voting.
This is the first-ever election in Iowa where both the local school board elections and the city government races are combined on one ballot.
That may have been part of the reason ballots could not be printed in a timely matter to coincide with state law.
Formerly, school board elections were held in September.