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As you are completing your absentee ballot request form to vote early for the June 2nd Primary Election, by selecting Re...
05/01/2020

As you are completing your absentee ballot request form to vote early for the June 2nd Primary Election, by selecting Republican OR Democrat, this will automatically update your party affiliation in our system and we will send you that ballot. You do NOT need to complete a new form in order to vote a party ballot for which you may not be currently registered.

Following the Primary Election on June 2nd, you can switch back by completing the voter registration form.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Auditors office with questions. 641-464-3239

04/30/2020

Ringgold County facilities remain closed to the public at this time. The Board of Supervisors continue to follow updates from Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Public Health. They will discuss this further at their board meeting on Monday. Please stay tuned. We will update everyone once we know more.

Thank you!!

Who doesn't love statistics?!? We just mailed out the first round of ballots last Thursday. To date, we have mailed 181 ...
04/29/2020

Who doesn't love statistics?!? We just mailed out the first round of ballots last Thursday. To date, we have mailed 181 ballots. As of this morning, we have received 67 ballots! Less than one week since we mailed them and we are already at a 37% return rate. Keep them coming!!!

04/29/2020

Just a reminder - the Secretary of State is mailing an absentee ballot request form to all active registered voters in Ringgold County. If you have already completed one of these through the Auditors Office, you do NOT need to send in the one from the Secretary of States Office.

The purpose of this form is so we may mail you a ballot for the June 2nd Primary Election. This is commonly referred to as Early Voting. This form must be completed and returned to the Auditors Office. Once we receive the form, we will mail you your ballot.

We are encouraging this method of voting this year to provide for the health and safety of our voters and poll workers on Election Day.

#BeAVoter
#Primary2020
#RaiseYourVoice

The Secretary of States Office has developed a specific site to recruit Poll Workers. Please visit the site below to sig...
04/27/2020

The Secretary of States Office has developed a specific site to recruit Poll Workers. Please visit the site below to sign up TODAY:)

https://pollworker.iowa.gov/

#BeAPollWorker
#Primary2020

04/27/2020

Notice from Secondary Roads:

Traffic on P27 between Hwy2 and J23 will be reduced to one lane, with a pilot car, on Wednesday, April 29th for a crack filling project.

We thought we would "borrow" MACS idea and honor the class of 2020 by sharing some senior pictures of county employees.W...
04/24/2020

We thought we would "borrow" MACS idea and honor the class of 2020 by sharing some senior pictures of county employees.

We hope you enjoy a trip down memory lane!

Leave your comment on who you think it is:)

Best wishes to the Class of 2020!!!!!

We are searching for a Precinct Election Official for Athens Precinct (Kellerton City Hall) for the June 2nd Primary Ele...
04/24/2020

We are searching for a Precinct Election Official for Athens Precinct (Kellerton City Hall) for the June 2nd Primary Election. Never been a poll worker? No problem! We provide hands-on training ahead of time. Hours would be 630am - 930pm (roughly)....and you get paid! If you are interested, please reach out to the Auditors Office. 641-464-3239.

Ringgold County Auditor Amanda Waske joins Secretary of State Paul Pate and auditors across Iowa in encouraging voters t...
04/24/2020

Ringgold County Auditor Amanda Waske joins Secretary of State Paul Pate and auditors across Iowa in encouraging voters to cast absentee ballots by mail in the upcoming June 2 primary. During the COVID-19 pandemic, voting by mail is the safest option.

Secretary Pate is sending absentee ballot request forms to every active registered voter in the state. The forms should arrive in your mailbox the week of April 27th and will include pre-paid postage for returning them to Auditor Waske’s office.

“Due to the issues surrounding COVID-19, we are encouraging Ringgold County voters to vote absentee, commonly referred to as early voting, to provide for the safety of our voters and poll workers”, Auditor Waske said.

Once voters receive their absentee ballot request form in the mail, they should fill out and mail it promptly. Iowans can also download the request form directly from the Iowa Secretary of State website, VoterReady.Iowa.gov. Requests must be received by your county auditor’s office by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22.

“We want all eligible citizens to participate in our elections and casting a ballot by mail is the best method during this pandemic,” Secretary Pate said. “Absentee voting has security measures in place to ensure the integrity of the ballot.”

Primary elections are intended for members of the Republican and Democratic parties only. No Party voters who choose to request a party’s ballot will have their voter registration officially changed to that political party.

For more information about the June 2 primary, visit VoterReady.Iowa.gov or www.ringgoldcounty.us/elections.

First round of absentee ballots are processed! 152 absentee ballots are going on out in the mail today! Watch your mailb...
04/23/2020

First round of absentee ballots are processed! 152 absentee ballots are going on out in the mail today! Watch your mailbox:)

If you haven't requested your absentee ballot yet, please do so. We can send you the form to complete in order to get your ballot delivered to your mailbox! Call 641-464-3239.

#BeAVoter #RaiseYourVoice #Primary2020 #VoteAbsentee

04/23/2020

The Public Test of the voting equipment went very well yesterday. I want to thank both Ringgold County Party Chairs for attending; Republican Paul Dykstra and Democrat Gary Keplinger. I appreciate your dedication to ensuring the security of the election process in our county!

If you are a registered Republican, you will vote the Republican ballot, shown below. If you are a registered Democrat, ...
04/21/2020

If you are a registered Republican, you will vote the Republican ballot, shown below. If you are a registered Democrat, you will vote the Democrat ballot, also shown below.

However, if you wish to switch party affiliation, you can do that at any time. We are encouraging voters to vote absentee (commonly referred to as early voting) for the Primary Election on June 2nd. When requesting an absentee ballot, simply select which party you would like to vote for, we will update your party affiliation and send you the appropriate ballot.

If you plan to vote at the polls on Election Day, no problem. You can switch parties that day, too!

The ballots shown below are from the Athens precinct. Please know rotation of candidates occurs on each ballot style at each polling location (Michael Franken will not always be the first candidate listed, for example).

04/21/2020

✨NOTICE: Polling Locations for the June 2nd Primary Election will reduce from 7 to 5. ✨

No Change
Athens - Kellerton City Hall
M1 - Mount Ayr American Legion
Tingley - Tingley Community Building
Washington - Diagonal Community Building

👉🏼Voters in the Clinton (Redding Frontier Hall) and M2 (Courthouse) Precincts will now vote at the First Christian Church at 201 W. Monroe St. in Mount Ayr (next to Armstrong Funeral Home).

👉🏼Voters in the Union Precinct (Ellston Community Building) will now vote at the Tingley Community Building.

We anticipate a larger absentee turnout and therefore a smaller turnout at the polls on Election Day. With the majority of our poll workers in a high risk category for COVID-19, we want to be sure we have enough workers to staff our polling locations. We want to be respectful of the health and safety of our poll workers and voters. This is our top priority!

#BeAVoter
#VoteFromHome

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s Office is sending absentee ballot request forms to every active registered voter  in...
04/21/2020

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s Office is sending absentee ballot request forms to every active registered voter in Iowa for the June 2 Primary Election in an effort to help reduce the spread of #COVID19.

These should be arriving in mailboxes the week of April 27th. If you have already submitted an absentee ballot request form, you may disregard this mailing. #VoteFromHome

Simply complete the form, select your political party (ballot style you want), be sure to sign it then return to the Auditors Office in the postage paid envelope! #BeAVoter

It is that simple! Please reach out to us with any questions. 641-464-3239.

04/20/2020

A notice from Secondary Roads:

P46 and J55 (east of P64 to the Decatur county line) will be reduced to one lane traffic with pilot car this week to allow for crack filling maintenance activities.

04/20/2020

The Auditor’s Office will be conducting a public test of electronic voting machines to be used in the upcoming June 2nd Primary Election.

Testing will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd and is open to the public to witness starting at 2 p.m.

With the Courthouse currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 situation, for those wishing to attend the public test, please call the Auditors Office and following a short screening, you will be able to attend.

04/14/2020

NOTICE

The Auditor’s Office will be conducting a public test of electronic voting machines to be used in the upcoming June 2nd Primary Election.

Testing will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd and is open to the public to witness starting at 2 p.m.

With the Courthouse currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 situation, for those wishing to attend the public test, please call the Auditors Office and following a short screening, you will be able to attend. 641-464-3239.

Absentee  ballot requests are flowing in! Keep them coming. We are pushing for absentee voting to provide for the health...
04/13/2020

Absentee ballot requests are flowing in! Keep them coming. We are pushing for absentee voting to provide for the health and safety of our voters and our precinct election officials.

Vote absentee in 4 easy steps!

1. Complete the absentee ballot request form.
2. Send your form to the Auditor.
3. Receive your ballot and vote.
4. Return your ballot in the postage paid envelope (remember to sign the affidavit - return envelope)

We will start mailing ballots next week on April 23rd.

Please call the Auditors Office with questions. 641-464-3239

Primary Election Safety Plans
04/09/2020

Primary Election Safety Plans

We are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the @uscensusbureau to support the #2020Census! Responding to the #...
04/07/2020
2020 Census | United States Census Bureau

We are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the @uscensusbureau to support the #2020Census!

Responding to the #2020Census is our civic duty and affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (schools, hospital and transportation), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government.

For the first time, you can respond to the census online. Responding by mail is still an option. Get more information: www.2020census.gov.

It takes less than 10 minutes to complete! Please join us in supporting the #2020Census!!!

Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.

04/05/2020

I would like to provide some clarity in the recent announcement from the Iowa Secretary of State, Paul Pate. His office will be sending out the absentee ballot request FORM to all registered voters in Iowa......NOT the actual ballot.

Please know if you would like a ballot for the June 2nd Primary, we still have to follow traditional rules where voters complete the absentee ballot request form, submit to the Auditors Office, then we will mail you the ballot. Ballots will be mailed starting on April 23rd.

As for when Secretary Pate will begin mailing those forms, we hope to have a timeline early this week. Stay tuned!!

04/03/2020

To vote in the Primary Election on June 2nd, you have to be registered either a Democrat to vote the Democrat ballot or a Republican to vote the Republican ballot. It is super easy to change parties, in fact we see this a lot during a Primary Election. Someone may be a registered Republican, for example, but wants to vote for a Democratic candidate. They can switch parties, vote for their candidate, then AFTER Election Day, they simply complete a voter registration form to switch back.

If voting absentee, meaning you get a ballot mailed to you, or you vote here in the Auditor's Office, your party will be changed based on how you complete your absentee ballot request form. That's it!

If you plan to vote at the polls on Election Day, you will need to complete a voter registration form. And you can do this on election day even (it is easier, and quicker, if you do this ahead of time though)!

We can send you these forms by calling our office, 641-464-3239.

04/03/2020

Just a reminder, even though county facilities are closed to the public, ALL workers are still inside plugging away....processing absentee ballot requests, accepting tax payments (interest and penalties start May 1st), processing deeds, property credit applications, court documents, etc. For the health and safety of our employees and citizens, the Supervisors made the decision to close to the public.

We do have a drop box at the west entrance of the courthouse; generously donated by the Mount Ayr Lions Club...THANK YOU!!! This box is checked multiple times per day.

We do accept personal visits by appointment, in emergency or as needed, situations only. There is a short screening process.

Simply call one of our offices and we will be happy to assist you!

Abstract: 641-464-3902
Assessor: 641-464-3233
Attorney: 641-464-3235
Auditor: 641-464-3239 or cell 641-344-2559
Clerk of Court: 641-464-3234
Conservation: 641-464-2787
Emergency Management & E911: 641-464-3311
Engineer: 641-464-3232
Public Health: 641-464-0691
Ringgold County Supportive Services: 641-464-2067
Recorder: 641-464-3231 or cell 641-202-0177
Sheriff: 641-464-2911
Supervisors: 641-464-3244
Treasurer: 641-464-3230
Veterans Affairs: 641-464-2397 or cell 515-321-5295

04/01/2020
Please watch your mail! Every registered voter will be receiving an absentee ballot request form from the Iowa Secretary...
03/31/2020

Please watch your mail! Every registered voter will be receiving an absentee ballot request form from the Iowa Secretary of State's Office. Please complete and return to our office. Once received, we will process and send out your ballot beginning April 23rd.

Need to change your party? No problem! Simply select which party ballot you would like on your absentee ballot request form and we will send you that ballot.

Please reach out to us with any questions. 641-464-3239

My office will be mailing an absentee ballot request form to every registered voter in Iowa for the June 2 primary. Includes postage paid for returning request to county auditor. We're encouraging Iowans to vote by mail starting April 23 to help reduce spread of #COVID19. #BeAVoter

Why is it important to vote in the Primary Election?
03/31/2020

Why is it important to vote in the Primary Election?

We will start mailing out absentee ballots as early as April 23rd. Due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19, we are e...
03/26/2020

We will start mailing out absentee ballots as early as April 23rd. Due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19, we are encouraging voters to vote absentee for the June 2nd Primary. Please complete the absentee ballot request form (below) and return to the Auditor's Office. You can also reach out to our office and we can mail you the absentee ballot request form. 641-464-3239.

The filing deadline for the June 2nd Primary has closed. Below, please find a complete list of candidates which will app...
03/25/2020

The filing deadline for the June 2nd Primary has closed. Below, please find a complete list of candidates which will appear on the ballot.

As a reminder, we can begin mailing absentee ballots on April 23rd. In-person voting in the Auditor's Office will begin on May 4th.

Because we care about the health and safety of our voters and precinct election officials, we are encouraging absentee v...
03/24/2020

Because we care about the health and safety of our voters and precinct election officials, we are encouraging absentee voting for the upcoming June 2nd Primary Election.

Due to concerns of the COVID-19, the Secretary of State just released directives relating to the June Primary. The absentee voting period is now extended to 40 days. This allows Auditors to mail ballots beginning April 23rd for those who submit an absentee ballot request.

Please complete an absentee ballot request form and return to the Auditor's Office. https://www.ringgoldcounty.us/departments/auditor/election_information/absentee_voting.php

03/24/2020

County recycling is temporarily suspended. We apologize for any inconvenience. Once this service is reinstated, we will notify everyone.

03/23/2020

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR NRCS EWP Project
NRCS-EWP-DSR-5027-004 at Secondary Roads

The Ringgold County Board of Supervisors, acting under §26.16 of the Iowa Code, will hold a public hearing on the proposed public improvement as describe below:

Channel alignment improvement on the Platter River near Ringgold County Bridge Grant 19, located on 210th Street approximately 0.75 miles west of 140th Avenue.

The hearing will be held by the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors in their office, Ringgold County Courthouse, 109 W. Madison Mounty Ayr, Iowa 50854, at 9:30A.M. on March 30, 2020. Any person may appear and file objections to the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract, or estimated cost of the proposed public improvement.

Pursuant to the resolution passed on March 18, 2020, the courthouse is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All persons attending the public hearing will be screened for symptoms prior to entering. If someone wishes to address the agenda item but is unable to attend the meeting, please call 641-464-3244.

For questions relating specifically to this public hearing, please contact the Engineer's Office at 641-464-3232.

03/23/2020

As a reminder the Q&A Session in Redding tonight with the Board of Supervisors has been postponed. Once a date is rescheduled we will post notice.

03/20/2020

Anyone wishing to file their papers for the General Election, I will be in the office until 5pm today. Please just call 641-464-3239 and I will meet you at the west entrance.

As a reminder, this is specifically for the Non-Party Political Organization positions such as Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioner, Ringgold County Hospital Board, Township Trustees and Township Clerks.

The filing deadline for the Primary Election is 5pm on March 25th.

03/19/2020

A couple of updates relating to Board of Supervisors business and happenings.

1. The Quarterly Q&A session scheduled for Monday, March 23rd will be postponed. Once we have a new date confirmed, we will share with everyone.

2. The Board will continue to meet weekly, provided they have agenda items. While the Courthouse is closed to the public, those needing to speak to the Board, or address a specific item on the agenda, may call in to speak to them. Their number is 641-464-3244. Please contact my office ahead of time to confirm your call in. We are limited on lines to accommodate multiple callers at once and we want to be sure connection is made if requested.

We are also testing a site to project the meetings through a weblink. We will keep you posted as this progresses.

Thank you all so much for your patience through this situation. We certainly want to ensure the health and safety of everyone!!

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