Madison County Auditor Shelley D. Kaster has announced that absentee ballots for the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election will be available to be voted in the Madison County Auditor’s office beginning Monday, Oct. 5.

In order to vote in this 2020 General Election in Madison County, a voter must be registered and live within Madison County.

Absentee ballots must be requested in writing. Absentee ballot request forms are available at the Auditor’s office, on the Madison County web site at, and on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website All requests for absentee ballots to be mailed must be received by the Auditor’s office by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.

Absentee ballots may be cast in the Auditor’s office in the Madison County Courthouse (112 N. John Wayne Dr. in Winterset) during regular office hours from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday through Thursday, Oct. 29, and until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, and Monday, Nov. 2. The Auditor’s office will be open on two Saturdays as well, Oct. 24 and Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

All voters should enter the courthouse through the east doors. Curbside voting is available to all voters who choose to vote from their vehicle outside the courthouse. Curbside voting requests can be made by calling the Auditor’s office at 515-462-3914.

Ballots returned through the mail must be postmarked by midnight on Nov. 2 and received in the Auditor’s office by 12 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9. 

Kaster encourages those returning their ballots via the postal service to mail them before Oct. 24.

For more information about the 2020 General Election visit the Madison County Auditor on Facebook, or contact the Madison County Auditor’s office at 515-462-3914 or