Early Voting & Busy Weekend Ahead

Covered Bridge Festival Parade

Covered Bridge Festival weekend is nearly here! TONIGHT (Thursday) there will be a gathering at Kiernan’s barn, 2007 Highway 92, west of the 4-way stop in Winterset, to decorate our festival float.  Many hands make light work — please attend if you can help!

Parade lineup time is 12:30 pm on Sunday, or as soon as you can get there prior to the parade start time of 2:00 pm. Lineup is in front of Winterset High School, 624 Husky Drive. Wear your favorite Democratic shirt (or at the very least, something blue) and show your pride! We are hoping to have at least 100 people walking with the Democrats in the parade, so we need YOU! If you prefer to ride, a hay rack will be available. Bring a red, white or blue cover to sit on.

Early/Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is now available in the Madison County Auditor’s office from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, through November 1st, 2018. You also can vote from 8:00 to 5:00 on Friday November 2nd, and Monday, November 5th, as well as Saturdays 10/27 and 11/03.

A ballot may be requested by mail until 5:00 pm on Saturday 10/27.

Absentee ballot request forms and voter registration forms can be accessed at www.madisoncoia.us.

If you have a teen who will be 18 years old by November 6, help them get registered to vote!

College students who want to vote for local candidates can vote absentee through their parents’ home address, or they can register with the county in which they attend college. The auditor’s office will email them absentee request forms, and then they need to mail originals to: Madison Co. Auditor / PO Box 152 / Winterset IA 50273-0152.

Please contact the Auditor’s office with questions at 515.462.3914 or feel free to reach out to Heidi Burhans, County Auditor at hburhans@madisoncoia.us.

As Ryan Marquardt pointed out on Facebook this week,

“We need to have a massive lead [in early voting] so we can counter the republicans that show up the day of the election. Scott Ourth, my counterpart in Vicky’s district lost on election day voting in 2016, but his absentee ballots pushed him over. What Vicky and I need from you now is to grab a list and knock Democratic doors, grab your friends and neighbors and get them to the courthouse so they can vote early, and help do follow-up calls with those that have received a ballot so we can make sure they get their ballot returned to the County Auditor. To get to work, show up at Democratic Headquarters at the fairground for a shift.

  • Monday-Friday 5-7PM
  • Saturday 9-12:30 and/or 12:30-5:00
  • Sunday 1-4

I am sending my daily absantee voter request list updates to Pamila Deichmann and Barb Pfeiffer. They are keeping track of who will need to be followed up with to make sure they get their ballots in. By next week we will start needing to place phone calls to follow up with folk who have received ballots. We got a shot at turning this around, now is the end game that makes change happen.”

Info About the Candidates

I’ve seen several requests for information about the Candidates. If you should get asked about this, an easy way to answer is to share the Candidates page of this website with people, madcoiadems.org/candidates. It links out to all our local candidates’ websites, as well as Fred Hubbell, etc. OR — if you are asked by someone who doesn’t have online access or wants printed materials, brochures for each of the candidates are located at the Madison County Democrats Campaign Headquarters building at the Fairgrounds (1146 W. Summit, Winterset).

Winterset Meet & Greet with Tim Gannon

Please join candidate for Secretary of Agriculture Tim Gannon at Northside Cafe in Winterset on Monday, October 15th, from noon to 1:00 pm. (Coffee will be served, but food is not provided.)

With less than a month until Election Day, Tim is excited to be coming to Madison County to talk with folks about how he will fight on behalf of Iowa’s farming towns and agricultural economy as the next Secretary of Agriculture.

Tim Gannon is a fifth generation Iowan and former USDA Official where he served for eight years under Secretary Vilsack. Before joining the USDA, Tim worked on President Obama’s 2008 Iowa campaign as Director of Rural Outreach. In August, Tim was honored to receive President Obama’s endorsement. Now, when he’s not taking care of his new-born daughter Lucy, Tim works on his family’s Century Farm in his hometown of Mingo, IA.

Madison County Campaign Headquarters

As stated above, the Campaign Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 5 to 7pm, Saturdays from 9am to 5pm, and Sundays from 1 to 4pm. Please just show up or contact Pam Deichmann to take a shift. A variety of activities are needed, from phone calling and door knocking to assembling information and just holding down the fort while others go out to make contacts.

Thanks to all who have voted early! See you this weekend at the parade.

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