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 Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.