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 Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.