Absentee ballots are now available for the Nov. 6 general election in Iowa, according to Scott County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Roxanna Mortiz.
To handle the anticipated initial rush of voters, Ms. Moritz will set up voting in the first floor foyer of the Scott County Administrative Center, 600 W. 4th St., Davenport. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Voters also may request ballots be mailed to them by calling (563) 326-8631 or using a form available online at scottcountyiowa.com/auditor. Completed forms should be returned to Auditor's Office, 600 W. 4th St., Davenport, IA 52801.
Because this election is the first since the redistricting process, many voters may find their precincts and voting locations have changed. Davenport, Bettendorf, Eldridge and LeClaire all have new precincts and many changed voting locations. Much of rural Scott County and many smaller towns also were affected.
Earlier this year, all active voters were mailed new voter registration cards listing the correct voting locations. Polling places are listed online at scottcountyiowa.com/auditor, and voters may call (563) 326-8631 for polling place sites.
Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.