Can someone else return my absentee ballot for me?
The only people who may return a ballot for a voter are:
- someone living in the voter’s household
- an immediate family member
- a special precinct election official delivering a ballot for health care residents
- a delivery agent, in the case of a voter unable to return a ballot due to blindness or other disability
Do I need to sign the return envelope of my absentee ballot?
Yes! Your absentee ballot cannot be counted unless you have signed the affidavit envelope that you return your ballot in. If we receive a ballot back that has not been signed we will attempt to contact you to get this fixed. Once contacted, you may decide to either:
- Request a replacement ballot and return it by 8:00 p.m. on election day
- Vote at the polls on election day
- Sign the affidavit in person at the county auditor’s office by 8:00 p.m. on election day
Do absentee ballots even get counted?
Yes. There is a myth that absentee ballots only get counted if the election is close, however, this is not true. Under Iowa law, every ballot must be counted.
What is the last day I can turn in my absentee ballot?
You are allowed to hand deliver your ballot to the Auditor’s office up until the time the polls close on Election Day. If you return your ballot through the mail, your ballot must arrive by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, with exceptions for individuals in the Safe at Home program and military/overseas citizens. Learn more on our Absentee Voting page.
What if I lost my ID or forgot to take one with me to the polls?
Starting in 2019, if you do not have your ID with you, you may either cast a provisional ballot or have another registered voter attest to your identity. Learn more about provisional ballots and attesting on our Voter ID page.
What is a provisional ballot?
If a voter’s eligibility is in question on Election Day they are allowed to cast a provisional ballot. After the voter marks their ballot and returns it to the poll worker, the voter is required to provide the necessary identification or documentation at the polling place before it closes or provide it at the Auditor’s Office by noon on the following Monday. If the canvass will be held earlier than the following Monday, the identification must be provided before the canvass.
If it is determined that you do have the right to vote in the precinct in which you voted, your ballot will then be counted and included in the final vote total.
Can an independent vote in a primary election?
Yes and No. In Iowa, you must be a member of a political party (in 2020: Republican and Democrat) to vote in a primary election. However, anyone* can change parties on Election Day and vote. For independents to vote they must declare a political party.
*Precinct election officials may not change political parties within 30 days of an election.
What is Voter ID?
Starting in 2019, voters must provide an ID when going to vote. Voters who do not have ID will be allowed to either cast a provisional ballot or have another registered voter attest to their identification. Learn more about provisional ballots and attesting on our Voter ID page.
There are 6 approved types of identification that may be used:
- an Iowa Driver’s License or Non-Operator ID
- a Voter ID issued by the Secretary of State or the Auditor’s Office
- a current US Passport
- a US Military ID
- a US Veteran’s ID
- a Tribal ID
Can someone with a previous felony conviction vote?
Those with a prior felony conviction are only permitted to vote if their voting rights have been restored by the Governor, including through Executive Order. For more information about restoration of rights, contact the Governor’s office or visit the voter registration page on our website.
How do I update my address?
If you have moved recently and need to update your address for voting, all you have to do is fill out a new voter registration form and submit it to the Auditor’s office. If you do not update your address after a move through a new voter registration form and do not vote in the next general election, you will be marked inactive (inactive voters may still vote with proper ID). Registration will be canceled if two more general elections pass with no voter activity.
I want a no contact order; where do I go?
If there's a domestic relationship, please visit the third floor Clerk's Office at the Courthouse.
If criminal charges have been filed, please visit the County Attorney's Office. For an explanation of the difference between the two types of no contact orders, please visit our No Contact Orders page.
I want to drop a no contact order; what do I do?
If it is a domestic protective order, you will need to go to the third floor Clerk's Office at the Courthouse. If it is a no contact order under a criminal case, you will need to fill out an application at the Clerk of Court's office, and your request will be scheduled for a hearing. Only a judge can cancel the order and it will remain in effect until then.
I am a victim of a crime, and I want to drop the charges against someone; what do I do?
Once a criminal complaint is filed, the State of Iowa is the prosecutor and has sole discretion on how to proceed. Therefore, just because you may want to drop the charges, it does not automatically happen. You will need to contact the County Attorney's Office to schedule an appointment with the attorney that is assigned to the criminal case to discuss potential outcomes of the case.
How do I find out what is happening with the case in which I am a victim?
The County Attorney's Office encourages participation from victims, but the County Attorney's Office represents the State of Iowa, not the victim. At the beginning of the case, our office will mail you paperwork in which we ask you to register with our office. If you choose not to fill out the registration form and return it, you may not get the notifications.
At any time, whether you choose to register or not, you may contact the County Attorney's Office to speak with the attorney or victim/witness coordinator to get information about your case.
I received a subpoena; what do I do?
Your subpoena should have contact information for the person or law firm that issued the subpoena. For an explanation of subpoenas, please visit our subpoenas page.
Where do I pay my fines?
Third floor Clerk's Office at the Crawford County Courthouse or Iowa Courts Online.
I missed a court appearance; what do I do?
You should contact your attorney. If you are not represented by an attorney, you may contact the County Attorney's office at (712) 263-5601 or the Clerk’s Office at (712) 263-2242.
I need a court-appointed attorney; how do I get one?
If you have a pending criminal case that qualifies for a court-appointed attorney, you will have to fill out a financial affidavit and it will have to be approved by a judge. To do this, please visit the third floor Clerk's Office in the Courthouse.
I am charged with a crime and I don't have a lawyer. I want to discuss my case with someone; what do I do?
Contact the County Attorney's Office. Please be aware that the County Attorney's Office is prosecuting the case against you. Any admissions you make may be used against you in any hearing or trial.
I have jury duty and can't make it; what do I do?
You will need to speak with the Clerk's Office, call (712) 263-2242, about any questions or concerns you have about jury duty.
I have questions or issues with child support; what should I do?
You can visit the child support recovery website.
You can also contact Child Support Recovery Unit - Carroll:
625 N West St
PO Box 937
Carroll, IA 51401
Phone: (712) 792-5691
Fax: (515) 564-4125
Providing services for Audubon County, Boone County, Carroll County, Crawford
County, Greene County, Guthrie County and Sac County
I want to file charges against someone; what do I need to do?
Contact the police department or sheriff’s department to file a report.
Can I pick up or request a ballot for someone else?
No. In Iowa you can only request an absentee ballot for yourself.
Can I request an absentee ballot by email or fax?
Yes. You may request an absentee ballot via email or fax and a ballot will be mailed to you. However, in order for your ballot to be counted you must also mail in or drop off the original paper ballot request.
Can I use power of attorney to request a ballot for my spouse, child or parent?
No. Under Iowa law, power of attorney does not apply for all election related matters.
Can I get help marking my ballot?
Yes. If you need assistance filling out your ballot ask a poll worker for help. A team of one republican and one democrat will come over and help you mark your ballot. Also available in each polling location is a ballot marking device that will read you all of the choices and then print out your marked ballot.
Can I register to vote on Election Day?
Yes. Iowa law allows for Election Day registration if you are able to provide proof of identification (i.e. valid photo ID) and proof of residency (i.e. utility bill with your name on it if your ID has an outdated address on it). If you are unable to provide one or both of these you are allowed to bring someone with you to attest that you have the right to vote.
Can I take my absentee ballot to the polls on Election Day and vote there?
Yes. If you have not returned your absentee ballot you may go to your polling place on Election Day and vote a regular ballot.
Do I need to show ID to vote?
Beginning January 1, 2019, Iowa voters will be required to show a driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, passport, military ID, veterans ID, Tribal ID or Voter ID Card at the polls before they vote. Voters, starting in 2019, without an ID may cast a provisional ballot or have another registered voter attest to their identity.
I am already registered but my information needs updated; can I do that on Election Day?
Yes. While it is recommended that you update your information prior to Election Day to speed things up at the polls, you may wait and do so on Election Day. If you are updating your address just make sure you are going to the polling place for your new address. When updating your address you will now need to provide proof of identity and proof of residency.
I can't get out of my car; can someone bring me a ballot to vote from there?
Yes. If you are unable to go inside the polling place a team of election workers will be sent out to your car to help you vote.
I lost my absentee ballot; can I just go vote on Election Day?
Yes. When you go to vote, a poll worker will verify with the auditor’s office that your absentee ballot has not been returned. If it is confirmed that the auditor’s office has not received a ballot from you then you will be given a new ballot to vote there.
What do I need to bring with me to vote?
Starting in January of 2019 you will be required to show identification. If you need to register to vote on Election Day, you must bring proof of identification and proof of residency.
What if I'm still waiting in line when the polls close?
So long as you are in line to vote at the time the polls close you will be allowed to vote.
Can I get a new ballot if I make a mistake or lose my ballot?
Yes. If you make a mistake on an absentee ballot mark your return envelope “Spoiled” and return it to the Auditor’s office either by mail or in person. If you return it by mail contact the Auditor’s office to be sent a new one.
On Election Day if you make a mistake on your ballot, return it to the poll worker to receive a new one. You are allowed up to three ballots so don’t make too many mistakes!
Can I vote for someone that is not on the ballot?
Yes. For each race on the ballot, a line is provided for you to write-in the name of someone for whom you wish to vote for. Make sure you color in the oval!
Do I have to vote for everything on the ballot?
No. You can vote for as much or as little as you would like; it’s all up to you!
How do I request information from a county office?
Crawford County's Policy for requesting information is as follows: The requester must provide the request in writing including a specific list of the information requested, requestor name, address, and email. The requestor will be required to pay a fee, as determined by each department, and the fee must be paid before the requested information is provided. Information will be provided within 20 business days of receiving payment if it is determined that the information requested in public and does not include confidential or HIPAA protected information.
If I change my mind on who I want to vote for after I have returned my ballot, can I get a new one?
No. If you have already returned your absentee ballot to the Auditor’s office you may not request a new ballot if you have changed your mind on who you wish to vote for.
If I chose a party do I have to vote for all of their candidates?
It depends on the election. In primary elections, you can only vote for candidates from the party to which you belong. In general elections, you are free to vote for anyone you like, regardless of their party affiliation.
What if I don't have an ID?
Registered voters who do not have an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator’s ID were issued a voter ID card. Voter ID cards must be signed before going to the polls. The new voter ID card will contain a PIN number that will be used for voting purposes. If you should have a voter ID card and do not, please contact our office to have one sent to you.
Where do I vote?
Where you vote is determined by where you live and you must vote in the precinct to which you are assigned for your ballot to be counted. To find your polling place please visit the Polling Places page on our website.
Can I update my voter registration over the phone?
No. All updates to voter registration must be made in writing or online through the Iowa DOT if you have an Iowa driver’s license.
Can a homeless person register to vote?
Yes. Any eligible voter in Iowa may register to vote. Because many of those who are homeless have a nontraditional address they just need to provide an address or description of where they sleep the most, wherever that may be.
Do I have to register to vote for every election?
No. You would only need to re-register if your information has changed and you need to update it.
I just registered and received a card in the mail but there is a mistake on it; what do I do now?
If you notice a mistake on your voter card please contact the Auditor’s Office and/or submit a new registration form to correct your information.
I registered as an independent; why does my card say "NP" or "No Party"?
Iowa does not recognize an “independent” party. Instead, “No Party” is used to indicate a lack of affiliation with a political party.
How do I add a new or widen an existing driveway or field entrance?
Fill out the Access Permit application, found here. Applications can be e-mailed to email@example.com, faxed to (712) 263-3143, or dropped off at the main office. Permits will not be processed and work cannot be started until a field inspection has been completed by a secondary road foreman or the county engineer.
How do I apply for dust control?
A permit is required from residents applying any type of chemical suppressant to the road surface. Residents are instructed to contact the approved vendor to perform this service. Questions regarding dust control and material used should be directed to the vendor. Crawford County will not guarantee the effectiveness of the dust control product, and any complaints regarding the quality of the product should be addressed to the vendor that has been selected.
Jerico Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 607
Indianola, IA 50125
Sta-Bilt Construction Co.
1339 Nishna Ave.
P.O. Box 151
Harlan, IA 51537
Phone: (712) 755-5153
How can I get notifications or Information on road closures and construction projects?
Significantly large projects that utilize State and Federal funding are shown on the Secondary Roads page with updated status. Projects on State Highways are managed by the State on their website. You may register to receive notifications of detours in Crawford County, or other Counties in Iowa, by registering here.
Statewide information can be found at https://www.511ia.org/
Does the County repair damaged mailboxes caused by snow removal?
Your mailbox and post should be able to withstand potential discharge from snowplows, however, it must also meet crashworthy criteria (i.e. a new 4" x 4" wood post is an example of a crashworthy installation.) Please take time, in the Fall of the year to evaluate your mailbox’s integrity. Mailboxes must meet the standards of the United States Postal Service. Inferior posts and mounts will not be repaired. Maliciously damaged mailboxes will be repaired by county personnel in a timely manner in accordance with the established Mailbox Replacement Policy.
What is the difference between the Treasurer's Office and Iowa DOT Driver's Services?
Crawford County Treasurer's Offices has three departments. First, the Tax Department collects Property Taxes. Second, the Motor Vehicle Department completes title transfers, vehicle registrations, and vehicle security interest notations. Third, Driver's Services issues Iowa ID cards, Iowa driver's licenses, CDLS, and permits. Driver's Services also provides vehicle, motorcycle, and commercial testing (written and on the road).
How do I register a newly-purchased vehicle?
You will need a Damage Disclosure Statement for vehicles 7 years and newer.
You will need an Odometer Disclosure Statement for vehicles 10 years and newer.
I moved from out of state and need Iowa plates. What do I need to bring?
You will need the out of state title, out of state registration, Iowa driver's license, Iowa ID, or social security card, proof of Iowa residents (mail within the last 30 days from a place of business), and application for certificate of title signed by all owners.
How long do I have to title and register a newly purchased vehicle?
You have 30 days from the date of sale to title and register a new vehicle.
How long do I have to renew my plates and registration?
The month before the plates are due, the month of the plates, and the month after.
Example: September plate renewal — August, September, October.
I lost the sticker off my plate. How do I get a new one?
You can get a new one at the Treasurer's Office. Bring your current registration with you. There may be a $3 replacement registration fee.
Where can I renew my vehicle registration?
You may renew your registration online on the Iowa Treasurers website by selecting your county of residence. You may renew your registration by mail, drop box, or in person at your county of residence.
I lost one of my license plates. How do I get a new one?
You can get a new one at the Treasurer's Office. Bring the plate you have and your current registration with you. There will be a $5 replacement plate fee.
I sold or junked my vehicle, what do I do with my plates and how do I get a refund?
If you sold your vehicle and do not plan to replace it, turn your plates in within six months of the date of sale and we will apply for a refund if there is $10 or more credit on the plates.
If you sold your vehicle and plan to replace it within the next six months, you may use those plates on the next vehicle if there is $10 or more credit on the plates.
If you have turned in your leased vehicle, you will need to fill out a Claim for Refund and a Lease Termination Form, along with your plates. You can then apply for a refund as long as there is $10 or more of credit on the plates.
If you have moved out of state, you will need to complete a Claim for Refund form and also send in a copy of your current out of state registration. You can apply for a refund as long as there is $10 or more of credit on the plates.
How can I contact the Iowa Department of Transportation, Office of Vehicle Services?
Iowa Department of Transportation, Office of Vehicle Services
6310 SE Convenience Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50021
PO Box 9278
Des Moines, IA 50306-0473
Telephone: (515) 237-3110
Fax: (515) 237-3056
How do I title and register a homemade trailer?
Get a weigh ticket.
If the weight is less than 2,000 lbs, you will need the weigh ticket and Iowa driver's license or Iowa ID. Your small trailer will have a registration only.
If the weight is over 2,000 lbs, please contact Motor Vehicle Enforcement at (515) 237-3050 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Motor Vehicle Enforcement will help you title the trailer.
What do I need to bring if I have an address change?
Call our office with the new address or come in with the old registrations and change of address.
How do I get a Persons with Disabilities plate or parking permit?
You will need a letter from a doctor stating you qualify for a permanent or temporary disability.
How do I apply for a replacement title?
All owners will need to sign an application for replacement title. There is a $25 title fee and a five-day waiting period once the application and fee have been received.
What do I do when an owner on a title(s) is deceased?
There are many circumstances regarding the death of an owner listed on a title. Please contact our office at (712) 263-2178 for questions. Please have the title(s) with you in case we have questions.
Denison, IA 51442
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Department Hours May Vary