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Let the voting begin!

Absentee ballots for the March 3 local-option sales tax election are available now in the Linn County Elections Office at Westdale Mall.

Voters may pick up an absentee ballot Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is Feb. 27.

The last day to vote absentee is March 2. Voters in all Linn County jurisdictions (except Coggon, Bertram, Central City, and Prairieburg) will be able to vote on whether to implement the one-cent sales tax.

If it’s passed, tax collection will begin April 1 and last until June 30, 2014. Each jurisdiction has submitted a revenue purpose statement to the Linn County Auditor’s Office.

This information and polling locations are available on the Linn County Auditor’s website or by calling (319) 892-5300.

Coggon, Bertram, Central City, and Prairieburg already have a local option sales tax in effect and will not be participating in the election.

Poll hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all jurisdictions.

Dates & Deadlines:

– Friday, Feb. 20, is the last day to pre-register to vote.
– Friday, Feb. 27, is the last day to request an absentee ballot by mail.
– Monday, March 2, is the last day to vote absentee at the elections counter.
– Tuesday, March 3, is Election Day.
– Monday, March 9, the votes will be canvassed.
– Friday, March 13 is the last day to request a recount.

For questions regarding this election, call the Linn County Auditor’s Office at (319) 892-5300.

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