How do I apply for a Military Property Tax Exemption?
You can apply at the Jasper County Assessor's Office and your DD-214 must be recorded at the Jasper County Recorder's Office.
How do I find my current property value?
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How do I sign up for home delivered meals?
Contact 641-792-7102 to request an application.
How can I estimate my taxes?
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How do I receive a copy of my DD-214/discharge paperwork, service records, and/or medals?
You can either go to the National Archives website and place a request by clicking “Veterans Service Records” or you can call us at 641-792-7993 to make an appointment.
What is the age requirement?
There is limited funding for people under age 60.
Does it cost?
The cost to provide the meal is currently $7.97. Consumers in the program are not reequired to pay the full cost but are encouraged to donate based on their income.
How do I receive assistance from the Jasper County Veteran Affairs Office?
Please call us at 641-792-7993 to make an appointment.
Where do my tax dollars go?
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Do I need to sign for homestead every year?
No, you only have to sign again for homestead if you move from the current home that has homestead into another home.
How often are meals delivered?
Meals are sent out Monday - Friday between 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. We are. closed on holidays and weekends. Extra meals can be requested for weekends and an extra meal sent out the day before a holiday.
What is the process to have "Veteran" added to my driver's license?
Provide a copy of your DD-214 for your active-duty service NOT training and visit our address so that we may assist.
If I am a veteran and have been honorably discharged, what do I need to do to sign up for military exemption?
Your DD214 - discharge papers need to be recorded in our Recorder's Office, then sign the military exemption form in the Assessor's Office.
What makes a veteran eligible for VA Healthcare?
Veterans are eligible by meeting income guidelines or Active-Duty Service or a Service-Connected Disability. You must complete the application process with Eligibility. Please call us at 641-792-7993 to make an appointment.
Where are there congregate sites?
How does the assessor know if I have had home improvements on the inside of my property?
The assessor finds out about these changes through building permits that are filed with the local city hall or the county and through property owners notifying us of an improvement.
What is a Service-Connected Disability?
Disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to Veterans who are determined by VA to be disabled by an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service. These disabilities are considered to be service connected. To be eligible for compensation, the Veteran must have been separated or discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Please call us at 641-792-7993 to make an appointment.
What time do they serve meals at the congregate site?
Meal service is at 11:30 a.m.
Are there activities planned at the sites?
Activities vary. Contact the office at 641-792-7102 to find out what is going on.
If I purchased a home on foreclosure, should my assessed value change?
According to State Law, foreclosures are not considered to be "good" sales and are not used to determine the assessed value. They are considered to be a "forced" sale, in which the bank was forced to sell the home. If the foreclosed property was not left in normal condition, you may consider notifying the Assessor's Office so that an appraiser may walk through the home to determine the value.
My claim was denied and says I can appeal, can you assist?
Yes, please call us at 641-792-7993 to make an appointment.
How do I sign up for a meal at a congregate site?
Call 641-792-7102. If you just show up in Monroe or Colfax there will not be a meal for you.
I received a bill from my doctor at the VA, can you assist?
No, please contact the billing office at the hospital or CBOC you attended.
What factors will change my assessed value?
Several factors can change the value of your assessment. Home improvements, such as building a garage, building a deck, kitchen or bathroom remodeling, finishing the basement, etc., may change the assessed value of the home. Supply and demand may also change the value.
Can you schedule doctor’s appointments?
No, please contact the hospital or CBOC you are wishing to attend.
How far out do you deliver?
You must live within Jasper county to receive home delivered meals.
What is market value?
Market value of a property is an estimate of the price that it would sell for on the open market on January 1st of the year of assessment. This is sometimes referred to as the "arms length transaction" or "willing buyer/willing seller" concept.
Are there volunteer opportunities?
Volunteers are welcome if available to volunteer on a regular basis (ex: One day a week or more). If not available during the week, we also deliver on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day.
Do you provide hearing aids/glasses?
No, we are not a medical provider.
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 staff to get information about your case.
How does the Assessor determine market value?
The Assessor generally uses three approaches, Market Approach, Cost Approach, and Income Approach.
Market approach is to find properties that are comparable to yours which have sold recently. Local conditions peculiar to your property are taken into consideration. The assessor also uses sales ratio studies to determine the general level of assessment in a community, in order to adjust for local conditions.
Cost approach is an estimate of how many dollars at current labor and material prices it would take to replace your property with one similar to it. In the event improvement is not new appropriate amounts for depreciation and obsolescence would be deducted from replacement value. Value of the land then would be added to arrive at the total estimate of value.
Income approach is used if your property produces income such as an apartment or office building. In that case, your property could be valued according to its ability to produce income under prudent management; in other words, what another investor would give for a property in order to gain its income. The income approach is the most complex of the three approaches because of the research, information and analysis necessary for an accurate estimate of value. This method requires thorough knowledge of local and national financial conditions, as well as any developmental trends in the area of the subject property being appraised since errors or inaccurate information can seriously effect the final estimate of value.
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.
I have jury duty and can't make it; what do I do?
You will need to speak with the Clerk's Office, call 641-792-3255, about any questions or concerns you have about jury duty.
I have questions or issues with child support; what should I do?
The County Attorney’s Office does not handle custody cases or child support recovery. However, if you have issues with child support, you can visit the child support recovery website.
I missed a court appearance; what do I do?
You should contact your attorney or the Clerk’s Office at 641-792-3255.
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 Clerk's Office in the Courthouse.
I received a subpoena; what do I do?
A subpoena is a court order requiring a person or business to either appear at a specific time and place or to provide certain documentation. Because it is a court order it is important to comply with the subpoena.
If you received a subpoena for a criminal case and have questions, you may contact the County Attorney’s Office.
I want a no contact order; where do I go?
If there's a domestic relationship, please visit the first-floor Clerk's Office at the Courthouse.
If criminal charges have been filed, please contact the County Attorney's Office.
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 Clerk's Office at the Courthouse. If it is a no contact order in a criminal case, you will need to write a letter outlining your request to deliver it to the Clerk of Court’s Office.
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.
Where are the meals prepared?
All meals are prepared at the Newton Site and distributed throughout the county.
Where can I find a list of surveyors?
To find the current list of surveyors, please view the list below.
Where do I pay my fines?
The Clerk's Office at the Jasper County Courthouse or Iowa Courts Online.
Do you provide transportation for veterans?
Yes, we do provide transportation to and from medical appointments through Jasper Rides. Please call us at 641-792-7993 for more information.
My assessment information is incorrect. For example, the website says that I have a finished basement and my basement is not finished, how do I correct that?
If you find that there are inaccuracies with your assessment, you have several options. First, you can contact the Assessor’s Office at the Jasper County Courthouse. Secondly, you can click on this link and fill out the information & click submit. We will receive an email noting the changes. The office will review both avenues of notification and determine if the changes need to be made. An appraiser from the assessor’s office may need to walk through the property to obtain accurate data.
Can you assist with a Discharge Upgrade?
Yes, please call us at 641-792-7993 for an appointment.
How often is my home reassessed?
The State of Iowa requires that all real property be reassessed every two years on the odd numbered year. At that time, studies of current market value, sales ratios and economic trends of the local market will determine whether your assessment should change. If your property has any other change it may be reassessed more often. For example, if you build a new garage, it will be assessed for the following year whether it is an odd number year or not.
Doesn't the Assessor raise my value according to the amount of taxes needed?
No, the Assessor raises or lowers the values of property according to the market value of real estate or in the case of agricultural land, according to productivity and CSR.
Assessments are set January 1st of each year, while the tax levies (tax rates) on these assessments are not set until July of the following year. (Example, the assessment notices from April 2011 were for the January 1, 2011 assessment. Tax levies for these values will be set in June of 2012 based on what the different taxing authorities budget in March and April 2012 for the next fiscal year of July 2012 - June 2013.)
The taxing authorities you pay property taxes to are listed at the bottom of your tax statement each year, along with their budget information and a breakdown of how much you are paying to each taxing body.
How do I know if my assessed value changes?
If there is any change to the assessed value of your property, you will receive an assessment notice on or before April 2nd of the year of the change. The taxes on the new assessment will not be reflected until September of the following year.
If I don't agree with my assessed value, what do I do?
Before protesting your value, ask yourself these two questions:
After asking these questions, if you still do not agree, you are able to protest the value. You have two options. First, there is an informal period from April 2 – April 25th where you can contact the Assessor’s office and ask for an informal review. The office may request an inspection of the property based on the request. The Assessor’s office is not required to do an informal review, each request is looked at individually. The second option is to file a protest to the Jasper County Board of Review.
During protest times, are available in the Assessor’s Office or can be found here. To access the protest form online, please select your property, and then scroll to the link for the protest. Again, protests may only be filed April 2 – April 30th with the Assessor’s office so links to the forms will not be active for the rest of the year. The Board of Review will then review your assessment and determine whether the assessed value is fair. If, after review, you still do not agree with the assessed value, you may choose to appeal the case by filing in district court or with the Property Assessment Appeal Board.
How is agricultural land assessed?
Agricultural land and buildings are not assessed on market value. Corn Suitability Ratings (CSRs) are used to set agricultural land value along with productivity, which includes grain prices, yields, and land owners estimated expenses. This is done county wide on a five year average based on data from USDA and Iowa State University. For example, the years used for the 2023 assessment are 2017-2021. Based on this information, the Iowa Department of Revenue informs the counties what percentage adjustments are needed for agricultural land and buildings.
What is rabies?
Rabies is a disease that affects the brain and is caused by a virus. In humans rabies is always fatal.
How is rabies spread?
Rabies is most commonly spread through the bite of an infected (rabid) animal. It is also possible to become infected if the saliva of the infected animal gets directly into an open cut or wound, the eyes, mouth, or nose.
What kind of animals spread rabies?
Any mammal, wild or domestic, can carry the rabies virus. Wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes are much more likely to carry rabies. However, pets or farm animals such as dogs, cats, cattle, or horses can pass rabies on to people as well.
To prevent the spread of rabies, many pets, such as dogs, cats, and ferrets are vaccinated for the disease. If there is ever a bite exposure, it will be important to know the animal’s vaccination status.
What should you do if you are bitten?
It is important to immediately wash the area with soap and water following any bite by an animal that is possibly rabid. Jasper County Health Department recommends that you immediately contact your physician if you have been bitten.
Is there a special concern about bats and rabies?
Yes. In fact most rabies cases today are caused by the rabies virus carried by bats. If you are bitten by a bat, wash the area and contact your doctor, as you would if bitten by any other animal.
Whenever possible, the bat should be caught and sent to a laboratory for testing. The tricky part is that while most people know they have been bitten, in some cases bat bites may not be easily seen or felt. If you awaken to find a bat in your room, the room of an unattended child, a person who is mentally impaired, or an intoxicated person you should contact your doctor.
To learn more about what to do in situations involving bats, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
What will my doctor do if I report a bite?
Your doctor will work with you to determine your level of exposure and whether or not treatment will be needed. Your doctor will use tools and resources available through the Jasper County Health Department, Jasper County Environmental Health, and the Iowa Department of Public Health to help make this decision.
Where can I learn more about rabies?
Where can I learn about state and local codes and ordinances for animal bites/rabies?
What does the Civil Division do?
The Civil Division is responsible for receiving, processing and serving civil and criminal court orders and legal documents.
What are the fees for paperwork to be served?
Most Papers to Be Served
We require a $100 prepayment for most papers to be served. The type of paper being served, the location of service and number of attempts will determine the total cost of fees to be charged. You will be billed if fees exceed this amount. Once the fees are paid in full, a return of service will be filed with the clerk of court. If we do not use the entire amount, we will mail a refund check to you. We currently accept cash, checks, or credit and debit cards (there is a service fee for all credit & debit card transactions).
For General Execution Wage/Bank Garnishments, please contact our Civil Office staff at 641-841-1203 to determine if prepayment is required, as it will depend on the TYPE of garnishment. In most cases, the Sheriffs fees/costs will be added to the total to be collected. If funds are collected, we will take the fees/costs out of the funds. If no funds are collected, you will be billed for the fees/costs. Once the fees are paid in full, a return of service will be filed with the clerk of court.
We do not require a prepayment for Special Executions/Sheriff Sales (Foreclosures). If the property sells, we will take the fees/costs out of the sale proceeds. If the property does not sell, you will be billed for the fees/costs. Once the fees are paid in full, a return of service will be filed with the clerk of court. If you have questions about Sheriff Sales, please contact our Civil Office staff at 641-841-1202. More information about Sheriff Sales can be found under the SHERIFF SALE section on our web page: https://jasperia.org/159/Sheriff-Sales
Sheriff Sale paperwork is required from Attorney Offices.
What is the “Directions to the Sheriff” form that is needed for Civil Papers?
This directs the sheriff to whom and where to serve the civil papers. It also provides your contact information if there are questions or refunds to be issued for overages paid for services. (Attorney Offices can supply their own Direction sheet.)
Do you use the entire amount requested for prepayment?
These fees cover costs of service, plus mileage. If we do not use the entire amount, we will issue a refund check to you. If we have to wait for payment, this could delay the process, as we are not required to do a return of service with the court until the fees are paid in full.
How many times do you try to serve paperwork?
We will make several attempts at different times/days to serve papers before we declare a diligent search (unable to serve). It is always helpful if you can give our office any information on the defendant’s work schedule or vehicle description.
How do I know when my paperwork has been served?
Once the fees have been paid in full, we will e-file the return of service to the court. If you have an EDMS (e-file) account, you should check your account notifications. If you do not have an e-file account, you may contact the Clerk of Court or the Sheriff’s Office to find out the status.
What is a garnishment?
A garnishment is a legal proceeding taken by a "creditor" after a judment is received from a court against a "debtor". A garnishment will be served on an employer for wages or bank for funds. Contact your attorney with any questions how to begin this process.
What paperwork is needed for a garnishment?
We suggest you contact your attorney for advice prior to coming to our office. When you come to our office, before we can process a garnishment, we will need:
What information is needed for a WAGE garnishment
The “garnishee” (employer) name and address. The defendant’s name (employee), last known address and any additional identifiers are suggested (social security number, date of birth). Employers will need to positively identify the employee whose wages are to be garnished.
How do I determine which county serves a WAGE garnishment?
The county in which the employer is located, will determine which county processes the garnishment. The employer must be located in Jasper County for us to process the garnishment. (However, due to recent interpretation, other counties may be able to serve garnishments in Jasper County and Jasper County can serve garnishments in other counties.)
What information is needed for a BANK garnishment?
The “garnishee” (bank) name and address. The defendant’s (account holder) name and address.
Some banks prefer to have the bank holder’s account number to be garnished or the social security number of the account holder as additional identifiers. If you do not have the additional identifiers, the Sheriff will still serve the garnishment, however lack of this information may greatly diminish your chances of receiving funds.
How do I determine which county serves a BANK garnishment?
The county in which the bank is located, will determine which county processes the garnishment. The bank must be located in Jasper County for us to process the garnishment. (However, due to recent interpretation, other counties may be able to serve garnishments in Jasper County and Jasper County can serve garnishments in other counties.)
When will I receive any wages/funds that were garnished?
Garnishments expire 120 days after issued by the clerk of court. Once expired, any funds received will be sent to the clerk of court in the appropriate county. Allow us time to process our paperwork and to issue a check to the courts.
How do I receive the garnished wages/funds from the clerk of court?
You will need to contact the clerk of court in the appropriate county to find out the next step in the process in order to receive the wages/funds that were collected.
How much money can be garnished from a paycheck or bank account?
There is a table employers must follow based on wages, and a code financial institutions must follow. This information is printed on the back of the “Interrogatory” which is served to the employer or bank, along with the Notice of Garnishment.
If you are the employer, we suggest you contact your attorney or accountant if you have questions.
If you are the defendant, we suggest you contact your employer and/or attorney if you have questions.
I am the plaintiff, how do I know if any money will be collected?
I am the defendant whose wage/bank account is going to be garnished, how will I be notified?
Can you assist with renter's issues?
Our office receives many calls about landlord situations. The Environmental Health Department has no authority in this area, including bed bugs, mold, electrical, utility issues, broken items, etc. Owners are responsible for cleaning up their property.
Renters should always have, understand, and refer to a lease agreement with any issues. If the agreement is not being followed, Iowa Legal Aid may be able to assist you.
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Can you assist with nuisance complaints?
Please call Community Development at 641-792-3084 to discuss further.
Do you inspect tanning establishments?
The Jasper County Environmental Health Department is responsible for inspections of public tanning beds and booths located within Jasper County. Please contact us at 641-792-3084 or email Shelby Hobbs for additional information.
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How do I obtain a tanning facility license?
Jasper County Environmental Health only inspects facilities. Please obtain information and study materials from the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (IDHHS).
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How do you decide if crews will conduct snow removal outside of normal hours of operation?
In the implantation of snow and ice removal and other maintenance of Jasper County's secondary road system during the winter months, the County Engineer shall select the actual sequence of roads to be cleared, as provided for in this Section of this Policy, and shall determine when driving snow, wind velocity, and additional snow or snowstorms require that the snow removal equipment be removed from the roadway, or that additional clearance of paved routes be accomplished prior to the clearance of granular surfaced roads. The County Engineer's or their designee's professional judgment shall prevail unless it is clearly erroneous. (Jasper County Snow Ordinance, Section 3)
Do you salt and sand gravel roads?
No, salt and sand are only applied to hard-surfaced roads due to the damage they can cause to rock roads. Gravel roads that become slick are maintained with a motor grader to provide better traction.
What are the hours of operation for snow removal?
Snow removal deemed necessary to take place outside of normal working hours will be done no earlier than 4:30 a.m. and no later than 5:30 p.m. However, Jasper County will respond to all “Emergency” situations deemed such by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and/or a physician.
When will my road be plowed?
Jasper County services Paved roads in its primary efforts and Unpaved (Gravel) roads secondarily. Both parts of the roadway system are done in the most efficient and effective way possible. This may mean that each snow removal event may start and stop in the same location as the previous snow events.
Why does it take so long to clear gravel roads?
Restoring access on gravel roads is a slow process because motor graders are not built for speed, and a typical route covers approximately 60 center lane miles, or approximately 120 lane miles. After a severe storm, it may not be possible to cover the entire area until the second or third day. Homeowners are encouraged to plan accordingly for the winter season.
The post office will not deliver my mail because of the snow in front of my mailbox. Will the County be out to remove this snow?
No. Property owners are responsible for maintaining access to mailboxes.
Does the County repair damaged mailboxes caused by snow removal?
Your mailbox and post should be able to withstand potential discharge from snowplows. 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. Mailboxes that have been physically touched by County machinery or maliciously damaged mailboxes will be repaired by County personnel in a timely manner.
How do I apply for dust control?
Residents are instructed to contact one of the four approved dust control vendors directly. Questions regarding dust control and the material used should be directed to the vendor. Jasper County will not guarantee the effectiveness of the dust control, and any complaints regarding the quality of the product should be addressed to the vendor that has been selected.
Why is my dust control getting bladed?
Generally, we try to leave dust control areas alone between the ﬁrst application and October 1. However, there are times that we deem it necessary to maintain the road through your dust control in order to keep a smooth and safe road surface. This is especially true when there is heavy rain and we are experiencing washouts.
If I purchase property at a sheriff’s sale, do I get clear title?
Clear title is not guaranteed to real property sold at a sheriff’s sale. It is a Buyer Beware market. You must do your own research and we highly recommend contacting your attorney prior to bidding as you may not be purchasing what you think you are.
If I purchase at a sheriff's sale, who is responsible for the back property taxes?
Taxes stay with the property. If you made the purchase, you are now responsible for the taxes.
Do I have to pay the full amount of my bid the day I purchase
Yes. You MUST have your finances in order PRIOR to the sale. No time to apply for a loan after you have won the bid.
How do I pay for a purchase at a sheriff's sale?
You MUST have your finances in order PRIOR to the sale. Depending on where you bank you will have 1 to 2 hours to go to your bank to get a cashier’s check for the full amount you bid and return it to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. We do not accept personal checks for sheriff’s sales.
Make checks payable to: Jasper County Sheriff's Office
Can I enter the residence I plan to purchase or view the property?
Does the sheriff have keys to the residence?
No. We do not have keys or garage door openers before or after the sale. The Sheriff’s Office cannot give permission for you to enter a residence.
How does the bidding start?
The mortgage company gives the sheriff’s office a starting bid before the day of the sale. The mortgage company’s bid is considered a sealed bid and will not be disclosed until the sale begins. A bid of a least $1.00 higher than the starting bid can win the bid.
What happens if I am the highest bidder and change my mind about buying the property?
Pursuant to the Code of Iowa, 626.85, the judgment holder may proceed legal action against you for the amount you bid.
What does redemption period mean?
If the sale notice indicates there is a redemption period that is the amount of time that the defendant has the right to redeem the real estate after the sale (pay the outstanding debt owed). If the defendant makes redemption, this must be completed at the Jasper County Clerk of Court’s Office.
If I purchase a property that has a redemption period, do I have to pay for the property within two hours just like the no redemption sales?
Yes, a purchase must be paid for within two hours by cashier’s check regardless of redemption period.
If I purchase and there is a redemption period, when do I get a sheriff’s deed?
If you purchase property with a redemption period, you will be issued a certificate of purchase. When the redemption period is expired, you may then return the ORIGINAL certificate of purchase to the sheriff. If the property has not been redeemed, then you will then receive a Sheriff’s Deed. It is very important that you do not lose the original certificate of purchase. If you lose it, you will not receive a sheriff’s deed until you get a court order directing the sheriff to issue you a duplicate certificate of purchase. (626.96) If you fail to have a sheriff’s deed issued within 8 years after the date of issuance of the certificate of purchase, the sheriff’s sale will be cancelled. (626.97)
If I purchase and there is a redemption period, can I enter the property before the redemption period is up?
This is a question for your attorney.
When I get a sheriff’s deed, what do I do next?
It will need to be recorded at the Jasper County Recorder’s Office. Contact your attorney or the Recorder’s Office with questions.
If I get a sheriff’s deed and there are people living there, how do I get them out? Do I have to go through the eviction process?
These are questions for your attorney. If there is no redemption period or the redemption period is over and you have been issued a Sheriff's Deed, you need to go to the clerk of court and apply for a Writ of Removal using the Plaintiff and Defendant and case number from the foreclosure. Once the Writ of Removal has been issued to you by the court, you need fill out Directions for the Writ of Removal. Then bring the Writ of Removal and completed directions to our office to arrange service for the writ and pay for fees.
If my property is purchased at a sale, when do I have to be out?
Whoever purchased the property at the sale is entitled to possession at the time of the sale in the case of no redemption period, or at the end of the redemption period, if the property has not been redeemed.
What paperwork is required from Attorney Offices to begin the Sheriff Sale process?
Attorney Offices will need to provide the following paperwork before a Sheriff Sale can be processed and the sale set. Mail paperwork to: Jasper County Sheriff, 2300 Law Center Drive, Newton, IA 50208.
Attorney offices with questions can contact us at: SheriffSale@jaspersheriff.org
What is 911?
911 is the number to call for emergencies (police, medical, fire). A 911 call goes over dedicated phone lines to the 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the area the caller is calling from, and trained personnel then send the emergency help needed. The very first 911 service in the nation was implemented in Haleyville, Alabama in February of 1968.
What if a 911 caller is deaf or hearing/speech impaired?
The Jasper County Sheriff's Communications Center is able to communicate to the hearing/speech impaired by using a TTY/TDD interface. If a caller uses a TTY/TDD, the caller should stay calm, place the phone receiver in the TTY and dial 911. After the call is answered, press the TTY keys several times. This may help shorten the time necessary to respond to the call. Give the dispatcher a moment to respond. If necessary, press the TTY keys again. The Communications Specialist will answer and type "GA" for go ahead. Tell them what is needed; police, fire department, or ambulance. Give your name, address and phone number where help is needed. Stay on the telephone if it is safe to do so. Answer the Communications Specialists questions. If a deaf or hearing/speech impaired caller doesn't have a TTY/TDD, the caller should dial 911 and stay on the line. Not hanging up leaves the line open. The caller's address is displayed on the dispatcher's screen and help will be sent.
When should you use 911?
911 is only to be used in emergency situations. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from law enforcement, the fire department or an ambulance. If you are ever in doubt of whether a situation is an emergency you should call 911, it's better to be safe and let the 911 dispatcher determine if you need emergency assistance. If you call 911 by mistake, do not hang up. Tell the dispatcher what happened so they know it is not an emergency. If the dispatcher is unable to verify that no emergency exists, a Deputy/Officer will be sent to the location unnecessarily.
How do you make a 911 call?
In an emergency, dial 911 on your phone. It's a free call. You can use any kind of phone: push button, rotary, cellular/wireless, cordless, or pay phone. When dialing from a cell/wireless phone, many times you can be located using our Phase II mapping. Stay calm and state your emergency. Speak loudly and clearly. Give the 911 dispatcher your name, phone number, and address to ensure they know where help is needed. Answer the dispatcher's questions. Stay on the telephone as long as it's safe to do so, and don't hang up until the dispatcher tells you to.
Who pays for 911?
Each household, cell phone, or business pays a small monthly fee for 911 services on each telephone line that appears on their phone bill. There is no per-call charge for calling 911.
What about 911 prank calls?
It's a prank call when someone calls 911 for a joke or calls 911 and hangs up when no emergency exists. Prank calls not only waste time and money, but can also be dangerous. If 911 lines or dispatchers are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need. This is a crime and you could be charged with unlawful use of the 911 system.
What times do you take application?
Weapons permit applications are accepted from Monday - Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. It takes about 15-20 minutes to fill out the application and process the paperwork. Our office closes at 4:30 p.m., so plan your time accordingly.
What is the criteria for a NEW Permit to Carry?
What is the criteria for a RENEWAL of a Permit to Carry?
What is the criteria for a DUPLICATE Permit? (for carry or acquire)
Can I transfer my permit from another county?
Yes, as of July 1st, 2017 you are able to transfer your carry permit between counties. Your permit is still valid throughout the state until it expires. However if you attempt to purchase, you may encounter difficulty from the seller if your ID and Permit information do not match.
How long does it take to get my permit?
Once the permit is approved, we will submit it to the state for printing. We no longer print the permits at our office. The permit will be mailed to your home, so you will only need to make 1 visit to our office. On average, we advise it will be 2-4 weeks before you receive your permit in the mail. This time frame can fluctuate depending on the number of applications we receive each day.
*By Code, the Sheriff has up to 30 days to approve/deny permit applications.
What is the uniform permit style?
The permits are now printed by the state in order to create a uniform look throughout. They are a quality laminated plastic, about the size of a credit card.
Where can I get an application?
We have plenty of applications at the Sheriff’s Office or you can print one from the list below, complete it and bring it to us with your Driver’s License or State issued ID with your current JASPER address and your training certification*. (*If you have previously held a permit (to carry) on or after 1/1/2011, you do not need to take a new certification class.)
Fill in applications completely.
Include all aliases such as nicknames, maiden or prior married names.
What are the fees?
The state is now printing all permits. See fees below:
Permit to Acquire:
Permit to Carry:
What form of payment may I use to purchase my permit?
We accept cash, check, and credit/debit cards for gun permit applications. There is a service fee for credit/debit card processing.
I am moving to Iowa from another state. Can I transfer my permit from another state to Iowa?
There is no way to transfer another state’s permit for an Iowa permit. So anyone relocating to Iowa will simply need to apply for a new Iowa Permit to Carry at the Sheriff’s Office of the person’s new county of residence.
However, it is possible that the training completed for the permit from another state might satisfy the training requirement for the Iowa Permit to Carry. Under Iowa law, a person must complete any handgun safety training course utilizing an NRA certified instructor or a state law enforcement certified instructor. Additionally, a person can use military small arms training to satisfy the training requirement if the person had an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions (DD-214). If a person has documentation of training and the instructor was NRA or law enforcement certified, or if a person has military small arms training, then that training should satisfy the requirement for Iowa.
I lost my permit or I damaged my permit and it needs replaced.
This would be handled as a duplicate permit. See the criteria below:
I recently had a change in marital status and my legal name changed. Do I need to change my name on my permit?
Your permit is still valid throughout the state until it expires. However if you attempt to purchase, you may encounter difficulty from the seller if your ID and Permit information do not match.
It would be handled as a duplicate permit. See the criteria below:
I recently moved WITHIN the county. Do I need to change my address on my permit?
Your permit is still valid throughout the state until it expires. However if you attempt to purchase, you may encounter difficulty from the seller if your ID and Permit information do not match.
It would be handled as a duplicate permit. See the criteria below:
Can you recommend a place to take a certification class?
No. But you can search the internet for classes being held, check with sporting goods stores or take a class online. Any method will work as long as the course is approved by NRA or ILEA.
I leave the state during winter months and my renewal date falls outside the 60 day renewal window, what do I do?
Anything outside the 60 day renewal window (30 days prior to the expiration date to 30 days after the expiration date) would be considered a new permit for the $50 fee. However, you can reuse your training certification or DD-214.
Prior to traveling across state lines, familiarize yourself with the laws of the state you intend to pass through and enter. Iowa recognizes and honors weapon permits from other states, but in many other states there is no such reciprocity.
How do I know if I am eligible for a Permit to Carry?
When a person applies for a Permit to Carry, we will run a NICS background check to determine if the applicant is eligible. The applicant must also complete an application that asks questions pertaining to eligibility. Falsification of an application is a criminal offense that could result in prosecution, so an applicant should take great care in completing the application. This is a simplified list of prohibitors and is not considered a complete list:
Federal firearm prohibitors:
State firearm prohibitors:
Additional prohibitors for the Permit to Carry Weapons:
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Can I get a duplicate of my registration or title at any County Recorder office?
Where do I find Articles of Incorporation?
Articles of Incorporation that were recorded before October 2005 can be found in the Jasper County Historical Index within the Recorder's eSearch. Any Articles of Incorporation that were recorded in October 2005 or after can be obtained from the Secretary of State.
Does the Recorder's office provide legal services, prepare legal documents or have real estate document forms?
Do you have property abstracts on file?
No, abstracts are not filed in our office.
What is a Century Farm?
A Century Farm is officially recognized as a farm that has been continuously owned by a single family for 100 years or more.
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Do I need to register in the Recorder's office to perform a marriage?
No, there is no requirement to register at this time. For more information please review the Officiant Pamphlet.
Are divorce records kept in the Recorder's office?
No, divorce records are kept in the Clerk of District Court.
Can I apply for a marriage license in one county and get married in another county?
Yes, the license is valid in any county in the state of Iowa.
Can I get a document notarized in the Recorder's office?
Our office does not have a Notary Public.
Does Jasper County have a Genealogical Society?
Yes. As of July 1, 2022, the Jasper County Genealogical Society's library is now closed for the mornings. It will re-open in mid-August at 315 W. 3rd St. N. Suite 400. Hours are Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. There is a charge of $12.50 for research, that includes the cost of copies and postage. For any other questions, please call 641-792-1522.
What if I don't have a driver's license or ID to have a document notarized?
Please see a list of documentation that is acceptable for notarization.
Are there other genealogical resources, besides the Genealogical Society, residents can reach out to?
Des Moines Genealogical Society: 515-276-0287
State Historical Society of Iowa: 515-281-6200
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Library Archives Bureau & State Historical Museum
600 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Does the Recorder's office license boat trailers?
No, boat trailers are licensed in the Jasper County Treasurer's Office.
Can a boat be transferred on an expired registration?
Yes, the registration must be signed on the back by the current owner. (Owner's name on front of registration.)
When do hunting/fishing licenses go on sale?
How old do I need to be for a lifetime hunting/fishing license?
Do I need a habitat stamp?
Yes, you will be required to have a habitat stamp until you reach the age of 65.
Can I get a duplicate of my registration or title at any County Recorder office?
No, you can only get a duplicate for boats in the county where the boat is registered/titled.
Do I have to register my paddle boat (a boat that is propelled by the operator’s feet with pedals)?
Yes, a paddle boat must be registered if it is going to be used on public water at any length.
I’m a resident of another state and my boat isn’t required to be registered, can I use my boat in Iowa?
You can use your boat in Iowa for 60 non-consecutive days if your boat is registered in another state. If your boat is not registered in your home state, you must register in Iowa before using your boat on public water.
I found a boat in a lake; can I register it in my name?
No, if the boat has a HIN or registration number the DNR can search to see if the last owner can be located so they can be notified. If there is no registration number, all unidentified or unclaimed abandoned boats should be reported to the county sheriff or police department.
Can I keep my registration at home and keep a copy registration in my boat?
No, you must have the original in your possession. If you are operating a sailboat or canoe without a motor or a commercial vessel, you are not required to have the registration in the boat.
My canoe is inflatable and it is 10 ft long, do I have to register it?
No, inflatable canoes and kayaks are only registered if they over 13 ft in length.
I bought a titled boat out of state and I don’t have the registration from the last owner, do I have to bond?
No, if your boat was purchased out of state and it is titled, you only need a bill of sale and the title signed by the last registered owner.
Can I use my boat on a private pond without registration?
Yes, your boat will only need to be registered if it is being used on public water.
Do I need insurance to use my boat on public water?
It isn’t required but it is generally a good idea to get boat insurance.
Is a keg of beer allowed in any Jasper County Conservation areas?
Possession of beer in a keg or any alcohol in a container larger than a quart is not allowed.
Are there restrictions regarding the bait that I use to fish in Jasper County Conservation-managed areas?
The use of live minnows is prohibited.
Can I target/trap shoot on county areas?
We do not allow target or trap shooting on any of our areas.
Can I use my tree stand in Jasper County Conservation areas?
No permanent blinds or tree stands are allowed. However stands or blinds that are portable, capable of being moved by one person from one location to another, capable of being removed daily, and ones that do not cause damage to any natural features are allowed.
On which Jasper County-owned lakes can I use my boat?
Boats are allowed only at Ahrens Access of Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve. However, only electric (and not gas powered motors) are permissible.
Which Jasper County Conservation Board parks allow swimming?
Swimming is prohibited in all areas managed by the Jasper County Conservation Board.
Where can I let my dog run/swim free?
All pets much be on leashes no longer than six feet in length in all Jasper County Conservation parks and preserves.
Where do you allow horseback riding?
Horseback riding is not currently allowed in any of the Jasper County Conservation areas.
How long can I camp at a Jasper County Conservation camping area?
No party may occupy any camp area for more than 14 days out of a 17 day period.
Is there a list of camping rules available?
See a list of camping rules.
What is the charge for camping at Jasper County Conservation parks?
The Jasper County Conservation Board charges $7/unit/night. A fee of $25 will be charged for scout and church group camping. Primitive camping with vault latrines are available at Ashton Wildwood Park and Mariposa Recreation Area.
When do the parks open for camping?
Weather permitting, Ashton is open year-round and Mariposa is open beginning April 1.
Where can I have a campfire in Jasper County Conservation parks?
Fires may be built only in grills and fire rings provided by the Jasper County Conservation Board.
Does Jasper County Conservation provide equipment to help me to establish habitat on my land?
Jasper County Conservation does rent several pieces of equipment to help private landowners establish habitat on their own land. See our Equipment Rental Policy and information on our rental rates.
Can I dig wildflowers out of the road ditch?
No, the grasses and flowers in the ditches serve as wildlife habitat and enjoyment for travelers. The ditches and the plants contained in ditches are the property of the county.
Can I pick flowers out of the prairies at Jasper County parks?
No, it is illegal to remove, injure, or destroy any tree, flower, shrub, plant or other vegetation, or any rock or mineral in any county owned areas. We do, however, permit the collection of fruits, nuts, berries, and mushrooms, as long as no damage is done to the parent plants.
Can I hold a special event at a Jasper County Conservation area?
Special events (weddings, family reunions, etc.) will often require a Special Event Permit.
How do I rent a shelter?
Jasper County Conservation charges $25 to reserve a shelter - they are available on a first-come basis. To arrange to reserve a shelter, contact the Conservation Office by calling (641) 792-9780.
What are the operating hours of Jasper County Conservation facilities?
All persons are required to vacate county areas between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. except in specific areas designated for overnight camping.
Where are shelterhouses located in Jasper County Parks?
There are shelterhouses at:
Can I ride my snowmobile or ATV in Jasper County Conservation Board areas?
The Jasper County Conservation Board does not currently allow snowmobiles or ATVs in any of our areas.
Where, in Jasper County, can I cross-country ski?
The Jasper County Conservation Board manages almost 25 miles of recreational trails.
Chichaqua Valley Recreation Trail
The Chichaqua Valley Recreation Trail is an abandoned railroad right-of-way that has been converted to a recreation al trail beginning in Baxter and ending in Bondurant, in Polk County. The black-topped trail is perfect for walking, jogging, bicycling, rollerblading, and cross country skiing in the winter. Rest stops and picnic shelters are found in Baxter, Ira, Mingo, and Bondurant. These areas, as well as Valeria, offer parking for trail access.
Rock Creek Recreation Bike Trail
The Rock Creek Recreation Bike Trail is a black-topped bike trail that begins at Rock Creek State Park and ends in Grinnell, in Poweshiek County. The 4 mile trail consists of challenging terrain nestled in the scenic beauty of the Rock Creek Lake watershed. In the spring, summer and fall it is used primarily for biking, jogging and walking; and cross country skiing in the winter.
Other Natural Trails
Many other natural trails are available for cross country skiing in Jasper County. Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve and Clear Creek Wildlife Area have trails that may be used for hiking, running, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.
How do I get an immunization record in Iowa?
Individuals may obtain immunization records through the following options:
Where can I get vaccines for myself or my children?
We recommend scheduling an appointment with your primary care provider. Some pharmacies offer vaccines also.
Jasper County Health Department provides Vaccines for Children for children that are un-insured, under-insured, Medicaid, or meet certain requirements. You can contact our office to schedule an appointment at (641) 787-9224.
I think I may have Food poisoning, who do I call?
Do you offer skilled nursing home care?
No, please see the resource guide for a list of providers.
How do I get more information on Homemaker Referral services?
We do not provide any direct service Home Care programs. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office (641) 787-9224 and ask for Melissa.
Is assistance available for home care for low income?
If you have Medicaid, please call your case manager or Aging Resources. If you need additional resources, contact Melissa at JCHD at (641) 787-9224.
What is your email address?
What is your fax number?
I am a new provider in the community, and I would like to network with other providers.
Email Jasper County Cares and be added to the distribution list.
I have no insurance, where can I get insurance?
Jasper County DHS is located in the Jasper County Administration Building, Suite 600, Newton, IA 50208. They have the forms available, or you can go to the website.
I need a car seat inspection?
Jasper County Health Department
I need a doctor, who can I call?
We have a Resource Guide available with a listing of local healthcare providers.
I need WIC (Women, Infant, Children) information?
I think I might be pregnant, where can I get a free pregnancy test?
Pregnancy Center of Central Iowa
I was born in Jasper County and I need my birth certificate?
Jasper County Recorder
Where do I apply for food stamps or food assistance?
I need a building permit or zoning?
Jasper County Environmental Health
Anything in Newton, Newton Community Development
I need an inspection for a public pool, spa, tattoo parlor, or tanning bed?
Jasper County Environmental Health
I need to report a property nuisance?
Jasper County Environmental Health
Anything in Newton, Newton Community Development
Who can I contact regarding inspections for septic, wells, radon test kits, water test?
Jasper County Environmental Health
Who do I call for Animal Control issues?
Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch
Do I sign up for the homestead credit/military exemption tax credit in the Recorder's office?
No, applications for these tax credits are available in the Jasper County Assessor's office.
Can I apply for a passport in the Jasper County Recorder's office?
No, passports and passport information can be obtained at the Newton Post Office. Their number is 641-792-4730.
Do I use a tradename form to register my business if I am a corporation or LLC?
No, tradename forms are only for a person or co-partnership conducting a business. Corporation and LLC information can be obtained from the Secretary of State.
Can I get income tax forms in the Recorder's office?
What's the difference between a certified copy and a non-certified copy?
A certified copy has a raised seal on it and states that the copy is a true and correct reproduction of the original record. An non-certified copy (plain paper copy) does not have a seal and doesn't indicate authenticity. Plain paper copies will also be stamped with "Not for legal purposes".
What if I don't have a driver's license or ID to have a document notarized?
Please see the list of Identity Documents for Notarization for a full list of documentation that is acceptable for notarization.
Can an independent vote in a primary election?
Yes and No. In Iowa, you must be a member of a political party (currently: Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian) 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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
How can I get notifications or information on road closures and construction projects?
Visit the Iowa County Engineer Service Bureau website for information about road closures and construction projects.
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Statewide information can be found at Iowa DOT's 511 website.
How do I add a new or widen an existing driveway or field entrance?
Begin by creating an account with GeoPermits. Then proceed with the application process via GeoPermits. No hard copy permits will be accepted, all permits must utilize the online permitting system. Work shall not start on an entrance or modification of an entrance until a permit has been reviewed and approved.
Does the County provide culverts for driveways?
No, the county does not provide the culverts, but here is a list of culvert suppliers:
Why does the County mow and/or trim trees in front of my house?
The County mows in order to maintain sight distance, vegetation, shaded roadways, undergrowth, removal of snow traps, and clear zones. The County will not mow on any personal property; only the right-of-way.
What is Right-of-Way?
The Secondary Road Department possesses an easement in order to maintain the road for public usage. The amount of right-of-way varies from road to road. If you need to know a speciﬁc ROW for a road, please call the office at 641-792-5862. Landowners may not place or cause to be placed, an obstruction within any county right-of-way per Iowa Code Chapter 318 Sections 4 & 5.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 someone else return my absentee ballot for me?
The only people who may return a ballot for a voter are:
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.
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:
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 do I need to take with me to the polls on election day to vote?
Every voter must prove their identity and residence in their precinct to cast a ballot. For most voters, this is their un-expired Iowa Driver’s License with their current name and address on it or their Non-Operator ID card. For voters unable to obtain one of these, they may request a Voter PIN card from the auditor’s office in advance of an election. You should always have your ID with you to vote.
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 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 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.
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.