Delmar council, library on ballot

ERIC VAN LANCKER

An opening on the Delmar City Council and a bond referendum to help finance an expansion to the Frances Banta Waggoner Community Library in DeWitt will be on two separate special election ballots in Clinton County Aug. 7. 

The Delmar election will fill an empty seat on the town’s city council after Daryl Eberhart resigned. 

As of Monday morning, the Clinton County Auditor’s office had received paperwork from one candidate, Mark Gerlach. Mayor Patty Hardin said the special election was requested by Ron Filloon.

Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker said citizens in Delmar who would like to place their name on the ballot must have a petition and affidavit of candidacy filed at the Clinton County Administration Building before July 13 no later than 5 p.m. Nominees must acquire 10 signatures from eligible voters within the city limits. 

Polls will be open at Grossman Hall in Delmar from noon-8 p.m. Aug. 7. 

All elections are organized and funded by the Clinton County Auditor, but per Iowa code, the cost of a special election can be split between the county and the municipality. Staff costs are paid by the county, but tangible items such as voting ballots, are billed back to the city. 

The Aug. 7 vote in Delmar will be counted by hand. Per Iowa code, votes in cities with 3,500 residents or more are required to use automated voting equipment. Van Lancker said his office examined previous elections in Delmar, and decided to hand count the ballots. 

“We’ll use traditional ballots and vote with pen and paper, Van Lancker said. “That will keep costs down.”

When determining polling hours, past voter turnout is considered. Election officials can either open the doors for a public election at 7 a.m. or noon on election day. 

“Special elections tend to be an even lighter turnout,” Van Lancker said.

Absentee voting for the election will begin July 17 in the Clinton County Auditor’s office at the Clinton County Administration Building, 1900 N. Third St., Clinton.

That is the same day absentee ballots may be sent by mail from the Auditor’s Office. The last day to vote in the office will be Aug. 6. Requests for absentee ballots to be sent by mail can be filed at the Auditor’s Office now through July 27. All ballots that are mailed back to the Auditor’s Office must be postmarked by Aug. 6 to be counted.

Library funding on ballot

A well-documented referendum that, if passed, will commit $3.5 million to the proposed expansion of the Frances Banta Waggoner Community Library in DeWitt, also is on a ballot. 

That election, for DeWitt residents, will occur Aug. 7 as well at the Clinton County Satellite Offices at 226 11th St. in DeWitt. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Absentee ballots can be mailed now to the Clinton County Administration Building. Mailed-in absentee votes postmarked by Aug. 6 will be counted. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is July 27.

A satellite voting location also will be available for DeWitt voters. A satellite voting location is a polling place set up before the election day that allows voters to vote absentee. That opportunity is scheduled for Aug. 1, noon to 6 p.m., at the Clinton County Satellite Office.

Van Lancker said absentee voting for bond referendums vary. 

“We’ve seen school bond issues before where the people who are promoting the bond issue do a heavy campaign and get a lot of heavy absentee voters involved,” he said.

For more information about the Aug. 7 special elections, contact the Clinton County Auditor’s office at 563-244-0568.