DAVENPORT, IOWA (September 10, 2021) — Scott County Auditor Kerri Tompkins reminds voters that several changes have been made to Iowa election laws which affect voter registration and absentee balloting. These changes are in effect for the Davenport Seventh Ward Primary Election, to be held on October 5, and all subsequent elections.

“Many changes were made to Iowa election laws and my office wants to draw special attention for those which will affect voters most directly,” Tompkins said. “A complete list of changes affecting voters and all other changes is available on the Auditor’s webpage of the Scott County website,” she added.

Polling Place Hours

The times the polls are open for all elections are 7AM-8PM. Previously, the polls were open 7AM-9PM for general elections, and 7AM-8PM for city/school elections.

Pre-register to Vote Deadline

The deadline to pre-register to vote is Monday, September 20, 2021, 5PM. Pre-registering to vote means that your name and address will appear in the voter records on Election Day. Having your name and correct address appear in the voter records will speed up processing time at the polls. If you have moved recently and not updated your voter registration, please consider doing so. It is easy to update your record online at the Iowa DOT or forms are available at the Auditor’s webpage.

The Iowa DOT voter registration link is below:


The Scott County Auditor link to the voter registration form is below:


To register using this form:

  • Print the above registration form
  • Complete, sign and date
  • Place in an envelope and mail to the following address:
    • Scott County Auditor

Attn: Voter Registration Form

600 W 4th St

Davenport, Iowa 52801

In-Person Early Voting

In-person early voting at the Auditor’s Office begins on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. In-person voting will be available Monday–Friday, 8AM-4:30PM at the Auditor’s Office, and 8AM-5PM on Monday, October 4, 2021.

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is also on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 5PM. Request forms are available for download from the Auditor’s webpage or the Auditor’s Office will mail forms to voters upon request. Another important change is that voters must date the request forms for acceptance. The request form is below:


  • Complete fillable Absentee Ballot Request form
  • Print form
  • Sign and date 
  • Place in an envelope and mail to:
    • Scott County Auditor
    • Attn: Absentee Request Form
    • 600 W 4th St
    • Davenport, Iowa 52801

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

The deadline for the Auditor’s Office to receive absentee ballots is October 5, 2021, 8PM. (Previously, ballots were valid if postmarked before Election Day and received by the day before the election canvass). Ballots may be returned by mail, or hand-delivered to the Auditor’s Office, either by the voter, a member of the voter’s household, an immediate family member of the voter, or a delivery agent if the voter is blind or otherwise handicapped. Special rules apply for return of ballots by a delivery agent, and these rules are available on the Auditor’ webpage. Below is a link to the Auditor’s webpage regarding the 2021 election law changes, including the return of absentee ballots.


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