A Loras Student’s Guide to Voting

Mid-term elections are just around the corner, and there a number of ways you can cast your ballot. Check out the links below for more information.

Registering to Vote
To vote in Dubuque’s mid-term, you must be registered to vote in Dubuque. If you are a United States citizen living in Dubuque, you can register to vote in Dubuque (this includes students originally from out of state). Iowa does allow same-day registration on election day, but you can do this early. The deadline to register to vote early is 10 days before the election (in person or online) or 15 days before the election by mail. You can register on campus on October 24-25 in the ACC from 9:00 – 2:00.

To find your best option to register, click here.

Voting Early
There are a few options when it comes to early voting. You can request an absentee ballot either in person at the Election Office in the Court House or online (see the Absentee Ballot section below).

Early voting will be available on campus October 24th and 25th in the ACC from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. If you’re not registered to vote in Iowa, you can also register at this time. For more information about the registration process, click here.

You can also vote early at the Dubuque County Elections Annex or the Election Office at the Court House. The annex is located at 75 Locust St, and the court house is at 720 Central Avenue. The offices are open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM until election day.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot
Absentee ballots can be requested if you won’t be able to (or don’t want to) show up to the polls on election day. But they do need to be requested ahead of time. If you want to vote in your hometown’s election outside of Dubuque County, you’ll need to check your state’s regulations for absentee voting. But students who are registered to vote in Dubuque can request an absentee ballot here. Note that absentee ballots must be requested at least 11 days before the election day.

Polling Locations
If you prefer to vote in person on election day, you will have to leave campus. There is not an on-campus polling station for this election. If you live on campus, your polling station is at the Westminster Church across from UD (located at 2155 University Ave). If you do not live on campus (at 1450 Alta Vista Street) your voting location may be different. To see where your polling location is, click here.

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