Know your school district’s county for board elections, auditor advises
As the Sept. 10 school board elections quickly approach, Boone County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Philippe Meier wants to remind Boone County voters that his office only has ballots for the Boone, Madrid, Ogden and United Community school districts.
Each of the four school districts has two board of education seats up for election, all at-large except for United’s District 2.
Boone’s school district will have one public measure on the ballot and voters will see two for the Des Moines Area Community College. The measures are asking voters to approve levies.
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. voters can listen to the Boone Community School District candidates at a candidates’ forum at 6:30 p.m. in the Boone High School Auditorium. The forum is sponsored by the Boone News-Republican and KWBG AM 1590 in Boone.
“School districts are no respecter of county line,” Meier said. “The county auditor in the county where the largest portion of the school district’s property value is, is responsible to conduct the school board election for that school district.”
Absentee ballots may be cast in the Boone County Auditor’s Office, located on the second floor of the county courthouse in Boone, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays until Sept. 6, Meier said. On Sept. 9, the Monday before election day, the office will extend its hours until 5 p.m.
Meier said that he wants Boone County residents to be clear regarding the school board elections in surrounding counties whose school districts spill over into Boone County, referring to Story, Polk, Dallas, Greene, Webster and Hamilton counties.
“The Story County Auditor conducts school board elections for Boone County residents that live in the Ballard, Gilbert and Roland-Story community school districts,” he said.
Likewise, Meier noted, the Polk County Auditor is responsible for the school board elections for Boone County residents that live in the North Polk Community School district. And for Boone County residents residing in the Perry and Woodward-Granger community school districts, the auditor for Dallas County will conduct those elections, he said.
Greene County’s auditor administers the school board elections for Boone County residents living in the East Greene/Greene County community school districts, according to Meier.
In Webster County, its auditor is responsible for the Southeast Webster-Grand Community School District and the Hamilton County Auditor handles the school board elections in the South Hamilton and Stratford community school districts.
Absentee ballots can be cast in the Boone County Auditor’s office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays until Sept. 6. The ballots must be requested in writing and request forms are available at the respective auditor’s office and on both the county and secretary of state’s website. Ballots should be mailed to the appropriate auditor’s office.
Requests for ballots by mail must be received by the auditor’s office by 5 p.m. Sept. 6.
Ballots requested by mail must be returned and postmarked by midnight Sept. 9. Meier, however, encouraged voters mailing their ballots to do so before Sept. 6 because ballots that arrive without a postmark after 8 p.m. Sept. 10 cannot legally be opened.
“Please only send mailed absentee ballot requests to the county auditor responsible for conducting your school district’s election and make sure they are returned to that county auditor,” Meier said.
Meier stressed that Boone County residents who live in the Boone, Madrid, Ogden or United community school districts should contact his office for school board election information.
Boone County residents who do not reside in those four school districts should contact the respective county auditor of their school district for information about their school board elections, he said.
County auditors can be found at http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditorslist.html.
Absentee ballot request forms are available at the Boone County website at www.boonecounty.iowa.gov and the secretary of state’s website: http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/absenteeballotapp.pdf.
The Boone County Auditors’ Office is at 201 State Street in Boone. For more voter information, call the office at (515) 433-0502.