Citizens interested in voting absentee for the Nov. 2 city and school election may file a request for an absentee ballot with their county auditor’s office.

  Due to recent legislation, the time period to request absentee ballots has gone from 120 days to 70 days. The new legislation also has shortened the number of days that the auditor’s office may have ballots available for absentee voting. Voters now have 20 days to vote absentee — either by mail or in-person — rather than 29 days as in the past.

  Wright County voters wishing to receive a ballot by mail for the city/school election need to complete an absentee ballot request form and return it to the Auditor’s Office at 115 N. Main St. Clarion, 50525 before 5 p.m. on Oct. 18. In-person early voting is anticipated to start Oct. 13.

  Absentee ballot request forms can be found on the Wright County website at or requested by calling the Wright County Auditor at 515-532-2771. (Hancock County: 641-923-3163; Franklin County: 641-456-5622; Cerro Gordo County: 641-421-3028).