The Knoxville Community School District is reminding residents that the last day to request an absentee ballot ahead of the upcoming school bond election is Friday, Feb. 21.

Registered voters may cast their ballots before the March 3 election date by submitting an absentee ballot to the Marion County Auditor’s Office. All ballots postmarked March 2 or earlier will be counted.

KCSD recently mailed out absentee ballot request cards. For those who did not receive or unintentionally discarded one of these cards, forms are still available at the main office of each district school.

The typical turnaround for voters to receive their ballot from the date of mailing an application is three to five business days. The county auditor will not mail out absentee ballots after Feb. 21, even if the request is postmarked before that date.

“We wanted to make this absentee voting opportunity available to our community members, just in case some are not able to vote on March 3 or if there’s a snowstorm on the regular election date,” said Cassi Pearson, KCSD Superintendent. “This opportunity is available to all voters, whether they plan to vote yes or no on the ballot question.”

On the ballot in the special election is a proposed bond issue. If approved, it would allow the district to build a new middle school, upgrade the air conditioning system at Northstar Elementary and replace Knoxville High School’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The bond issue would have an estimated tax impact of $8.79 per month on a home with an assessed value of $100,000.

To register to vote, residents must print off an application, fill out the information, sign the document and return it to the county auditor’s office. Voter registration information can be found at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/.

To learn more about the March 3 KCSD bond election and the question that will appear on the ballot, visit www.bondissue.org/knoxville.

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