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Absentee ballot request deadline announced for Cedar Falls special election

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) -- The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail in the July 7 Cedar Falls City Council vacancy election is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26. The signed request must be received at the Black Hawk County Election Office by that time.

Like the June 2 primary election, all voting on July 7 will take place at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center located at 8201 Dakota Street on the UNI campus.

Over 6,800 people have requested ballots for the election, which was originally scheduled for March 24, but was rescheduled twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Absentee ballot request forms may be downloaded at

To be counted, absentee ballots must be returned by July 7 or be postmarked the day before the election or earlier. So far, more than 5,400 ballots have been returned.

“If you are still holding an absentee ballot we hope you will send it back to us as soon as possible. And we are still encouraging people to vote absentee by mail, or in person at the courthouse. The pandemic is very real, and we want to protect both voters and precinct workers as much as possible,” Black Hawk County Auditor Grant Veeder said.

Absentee voters may vote in person at the courthouse located at 316 E. 5th Street in Waterloo, through July 6. The courthouse will be closed on July 3 for the Independence Day holiday.

For questions, contact the Election Office at 833-3007 or

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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