Hardin County Auditor

Election Information and Forms

Given the authority by Iowa Code, the County Auditor serves as Voter Registrar and Commissioner of Elections. The Auditor conducts all federal, state, county, city, school, and special elections. We maintain and update the voter registration database for all registered voters, prepare the printing of ballots and/or programming of voting machines as well as order election supplies, train precinct election officials and provide information to see that election laws of Iowa are obeyed.

After an election, the Auditor certifies the results to the state or to the political subdivision involved, and issues certificates of election to the proper persons. Some election records are maintained permanently, others for a specified period of time.

"Know Your Voting Rights: Iowa" Brochure (.pdf)
Regaining Your Right to Vote (for Felons) Brochure (.pdf)

Hardin County uses a precinct-based, voter-activated paper ballot counter and vote tabulator. This equipment scans a marked paper ballot that is submitted by the voter, ensuring accuracy and privacy. A video demonstrating the scanning equipment can by found by clicking the link below.
Paper Ballot Equipment Video

 
Voter Assist Terminals

Have a disability that requires assistance when voting? Hardin County uses the ES&S AutoMARK® Voter Assist Terminal to allow voters with disabilities and other special needs to mark a ballot privately and independently when using an optical scan voting system. You may click on the link below to view a video on how to use the equipment.
Voter Assist Terminal Video

 
Voter Registration

Am I Registered to Vote in Iowa?

Download a Voter Registration Form (.pdf)
View Instructions to Update Your Registration Information
Election Day Registration Information
 
Absentee Ballots

A change in Iowa law no longer requires an official absentee ballot request form to obtain an absentee ballot. Voters wishing to receive an absentee ballot by mail must submit a request in writing to the County Auditor’s Office. Deadline dates vary with each election.

The request must include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Signature of the person(s) requesting the ballot
  • Name and date of the election
  • Address where the ballot is to be mailed if it is to be mailed to an address other than where the voter is registered.

Citizens may fill out the Absentee Ballot Request Form (.pdf) to make sure that they include all the required information. This form may be obtained by going to the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.

Mail the signed request form to:

Hardin County Auditor’s Office
1215 Edgington Avenue, Suite 1
Eldora, IA 50627

Absentee Voting for Military Personnel & Iowans Overseas
 
Voting in Hardin County
Where do I vote? Find Your Polling Place
Hardin County Precinct Map - PRIMARY and GENERAL
Hardin County Precinct Map - CITY ELECTIONS
Hardin County Precinct Map - SCHOOL ELECTIONS
Iowa Falls Precinct Map - PRIMARY and GENERAL
 
MAIL OR DELIVER YOUR COMPLETED FORMS TO:

Hardin County Auditor's Office
1215 Edgington Ave., Ste. 1
Eldora, Iowa 50627

 Additional Election Information on IowaAuditors.org

 

Candidate Information

Information about running for County, City, School or Township positions may be obtained by contacting the County Auditor’s Office or the City Clerk or School Board Secretary. The appropriate forms for running for the positions are also available at each of those locations or by going to the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.

Information regarding campaigning, including

  • making/receiving contributions
  • educational materials
  • brochures
  • report due dates
  • obtaining blank report forms
  • filing Campaign Disclosure Forms electronically
  • viewing reports filed by campaigns and political parties

can be obtained by visiting the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board’s website.

 
Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Forms
Ethics Board Letter to Candidates, Parties, and Local PACS
City Candidate Committee Guide
County Candidate Committe Guide
School Board/Other Political Subdivision Candidate Committee Guide
County Central Committee
City PAC
County PAC
 


Auditor Contact Information

County Courthouse
1215 Edgington Ave., Suite 1
Eldora, Iowa 50627

Office Hours:
8:00am - 4:30pm
Monday - Friday

Fax: 641-939-8245

Auditor/Commissioner
of Elect
ions
Jessica Lara
641-939-8110

Deputy/Drainage Clerk & Plats
Jane Geerdes
641-939-8111

Deputy/Elections & Board Secretary
Nancy Lauver
641-939-8109

Deputy/Payroll & Benefits
Kelly Collins
641-939-8113