Your Ballot

During an election, you may vote at your polling place on Election Day or choose to vote early at a satellite location or by mail. Either way, your ballot style and marking instructions will be the same for all.

Read below how to correctly mark your ballot. Then, depending on the voting option you chose, how to submit your ballot.

Your Ballot:

Marking Ballot Example Using a pen or pencil completely darken the oval(s) next to your choice.

Marking Your Ballot:

Voting with Assistance:


Inserting ballot into optical scan machineIf Voting on Election Day at Polling Place:

  1. After completing your ballot, take ballot to the optical scan machine.
  2. Insert ballot into machine.
  3. A successful ballot will be accepted by the machine.
  4. If there is a problem with your ballot, it will be ejected. An election official will assist you.
  5. [ More about Election Day ]

If Voting Early in Person (Satellite Location):

  1. After marking your ballot, sign the voter's oath on the affidavit envelope. Add your signature, address and date. Place the ballot in the affidavit envelope and seal it.
  2. Give the envelope to the election official or deposit in the satelitte location locked box.
  3. Your ballot will remained sealed until Election Day at which time it will be opened, scanned and counted.
  4. [ More about Early Voting ]

Mailing your ballotIf Voting Early by Mail (Absentee Ballot):

  1. After marking your ballot, sign the voter's oath on the affidavit envelope. The white label gives your precinct, ballot number, etc. Add your signature, address and date. If the ballot was folded, fold it exactly as it was folded before. Place the ballot in the affidavit envelope and seal it. Put the affidavit envelope in the return carrier and seal it.
  2. The return carrier envelope must be postmarked no later than the day before the election. Ballots must be received by the county commissioner by 9 a.m. the Monday following the election in order to be counted.
  3. Return postage has already been provided. No additional postage is required.
  4. The absentee ballot must be returned to the commissioner regardless of whether you voted or not.
  5. Your ballot will remained sealed until Election Day at which time it will be opened, scanned and counted.
  6. [ More about Early Voting ]

Information prepared by Scott County Auditor & Commissioner of Elections.