Linn County offices closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Linn County Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Most County government offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The following services will continue to operate:

  • Juvenile Detention and Diversion Services
  • Linn County LIFTS will be closed Nov. 23 but will operate reduced routes in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion on Friday, Nov. 24 (no rural service).
  • The Sheriff’s Office will be closed; however, continuous operations will be available for routine and emergency responses. This includes the Patrol Division, Communications Division and the Correctional Center. In an emergency, always dial 911.

Early voting in the Cedar Rapids Runoff election continues through 5pm today (11/22) at the Auditor’s Office. It will resume at 8am on Monday, November 27th. If you live in Cedar Rapids, you can request an absentee ballot by filling out the form at – no printer/paper required. -Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor


NEWS RELEASE: Absentee Voting Begins Monday, Nov. 20 for Cedar Rapids Run-off Election

November 17, 2017

For more information, contact:

Becky Stonawski

Deputy Commissioner of Elections

(319) 892-5300, ext. 1



November 17, 2017

Absentee Voting Begins Monday, November 20

Now Accepting Mailed Ballot Requests for Cedar Rapids Run-off Election

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – November 17, 2017 – Early, absentee voting begins Monday, November 20 in Linn County for the Cedar Rapids Run-off Election. This includes the races for Cedar Rapids mayor and Cedar Rapids Council Member for District 5.

Voting In-Person: Beginning Monday, November 20, individuals may vote in-person at the Election Services Department of the Auditor’s Office. The office is located in the Linn County Public Service Center, 935 2nd St. SW in Cedar Rapids. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Voting by Mail: Voters may also request to have an absentee ballot mailed to them. These voters may return their ballot by mail or hand-deliver their ballot to the Election Services Department. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Monday, December 4 in order to be counted.

Election Day: Election Day is Tuesday, December 5. All Cedar Rapids polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling location, go to

Election Portal: Go to to gain access to all election-related information for Linn County. The following can be viewed or downloaded:

· Absentee Ballot Request Forms

· Absentee Voting Opportunities

· Election Day Information

· Polling Locations

· Sample Ballots

· Voter Registration Forms

Dates & Deadlines

Due Date Event / Deadline
11/20/2017 Absentee Voting to Begin
11/27/2017 Last Day to Pre-register to Vote for this Election
12/01/2017 Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot to be Mailed
12/04/2017 Last Day to Vote Absentee (Auditor’s Office)
12/05/2017 Election Day

ASVP Board May Reconvene at Noon

12/12/2017 Canvass of Votes for Cedar Rapids (Tuesday after the Election)
12/14/2017 Deadline to Request a Recount

For questions regarding this election, call the Linn County Election Services Office at (319) 892-5300, ext. 1 or email elections.


Looking for great people to become great employees

November 14, 2017

Management openings. They are few and far between at Linn County. So share this with the great people you know who are looking for a great job with a great employer.

Current management openings are: Emergency Management Coordinator and Planning & Zoning Division Manager. The County Attorney is also looking for an Assistant County Attorney.

And of course, the County Sheriff is always looking for great people in what seems to be a shrinking pool of applicants who can qualify. Did you know the starting pay for a deputy sheriff working in the county jail is $26.21/hour, i.e., $54,516.80. Last year, three deputies made over $100K in combined regular and overtime pay.

You can view all of our job openings at Job Opportunities. Linn County: looking for great people to become great employees! –Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor


Mgt-EMA Coordinator November 13,2017.pdf

No printer, no paper – no problem

November 13, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, we started converting some of our forms to PDF fillable forms with e-Signatures. Figuring out how to add e-Signatures to our forms was the challenge and Dakota Softworks provided us with a solution.

While most of our current forms are for internal use, if you plan to vote in the upcoming Cedar Rapids Runoff Election. please consider using our Absentee Ballot Request Form – no paper or printer required.

If you notice a form that you think we should convert to PDF or PDF with e-Signature, please contact me. –Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

Currently available PDF fillable forms with e-Signature – no paper or printer required:


Federal W-4 Form

Iowa W-4 Form

Federal W-9 Form

Vendor Automatic Deposit Agreement

Employee Automatic Deposit Agreement

Lost & Found Form


Mailing Address Change Form


Absentee Ballot Request Form

Abstract of votes: Cedar Rapids city election

November 9, 2017

Mr. Nick Weig of CBS2 requested the final certified vote count for candidates Monica Vernon and Brad Hart. The document certifying the exact counts is attached.

Linn County’s election results from year 2000 to the present (with the exception of today’s newly certified results) are posted at –Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor


Olson will not pursue recount

November 9, 2017

At 2:38pm today (11/9/2017), I called Cedar Rapids mayoral candidate Scott Olson. I informed Mr. Olson that the Linn County Board of Supervisors had certified the city election results and Brad Hart received sixty-eight (68) more votes than Mr. Olson.

I have been updating Mr. Olson on the status of provisional ballots and late arriving absentee ballots since the unofficial election results were posted on Tuesday night.

While talking with Mr. Olson a few minutes ago about the certified results, I advised him that the Linn County Auditor’s Office is unaware of any errors, omissions, or anomalies which could alter the 68 vote difference. Mr. Olson then advised me that he would not be pursuing a recount. Further, Mr. Olson indicated that I could share his decision with the public. –Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

Mock election results for CR mayor

November 9, 2017

On Election Day (11/7/2017), students at Roosevelt Middle School in Cedar Rapids held a mock election for Cedar Rapids mayor. The students’ top voter getter differed substantially from Tuesday night’s final results.

Congratulations to the teachers and staff who sponsored this mock election! Congratulations to the students who conducted candidate research, a forum for candidates, and created campaign posters! I do not know how many “eligible” student voters participated, but I bet you put the adult eligible voter turnout to shame. – Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

Cedar Rapidians: Plan to vote in the 12/5 runoff election!

November 8, 2017

On 3 December 2013, a runoff election was held in the City of Cedar Rapids and 8.75% of the registered voters cast a ballot. Yesterday, 20.29% (unofficial) of the City’s registered voters cast a ballot. The irony in the 2013 Runoff is that the top vote getter (Swore) in the regular city election collected more votes (7,950) than were cast between the four candidates in the runoff (7,896). Maybe the framers of the Charter for the City of Cedar Rapids thought that less participation in a runoff was a great way for the runoff winners to begin their terms, but it is certainly no mandate by the voters.

Maybe Clark Rieke is right? He has been pushing instant runoff voting (IRV) aka ranked choice voting since I was nominated to run for county auditor in December of 2006. Maybe the Cedar Rapids Charter should be changed from a runoff election to a primary election? IRV is not an option in Iowa unless the Legislature changes our laws to allow it. And I do not see any incentive for a Charter Commission to change CR’s Charter. So what can I do to get every person engaged in local government?

The least I can do if to inform every household in the City of Cedar Rapids that we are having an election on December 5th. The Auditor’s Office will do that via the attached postcard or something similar. Far too often, eligible voters tell me that they did not know an election was coming. And who expects an election in December after Thanksgiving and before Christmas? We have not had an election in December in four years.

So I am going to bite the bullet and spend my budget on these postcards and hope the City of Cedar Rapids reimburses me for the cost. And if they do not, I will eat the cost.

My team and I are going to do our best to lower the obstacles to participate in the December 5th Cedar Rapids Runoff Election. You can do your part by voting early or on election day, and by encouraging your fellow Cedar Rapidians to vote. Please note, the decision to mail out these postcards is my decision and my decision alone. At this time, I have not received any requests or comments about the postcards because it was conceived by me. –Joel D. Miller – Linn County AuditorVision: Every person engaged in local government.

Cedar Rapids.pdf

CR Runoff Election 12-3-2013.pdf

City elections: What if an incumbent city council member is elected as mayor?

November 7, 2017

Cedar Rapids, Palo, and Alburnett have city council members running for mayor whose terms do not expire until 31 December 2019. If any of these council members are elected mayor, then their respective city councils will need to decide on how to fill the vacancy on the city council created by their election to mayor.

Please read the attachment for more details on the process. –Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

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New! Free! Precinct election results reporting tool for tonight’s Metro area cities

November 7, 2017

One of my teammates created a precinct-by-precinct map of the Cedar Rapids metro area cities which will turn colors as precinct results are reported to our office – see The map will be active at 8:01pm tonight when the early voting / absentee precinct results are posted.

An off-the-shelf comparable product sells for about $15,000.oo Our map was created in-house so if works and sustains your use of it – hurray! Enjoy it! -Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

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