Gov. Kim Reynolds has set Tuesday, Jan. 26, as the date for a special election to fill the vacancy in Iowa Senate District 41 created by the recent resignation of Mariannette Miller-Meeks.

The 41st District of the Iowa General Assembly consists of Davis County, Van Buren County, portions of Wapello County and portions of Jefferson County.

The last day to file nomination papers with the Secretary of State is Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 5 p.m.

Absentee ballots for the special election will be available the week of Jan. 18 at the Davis County Auditor’s Office. Voters may vote early at the Auditor’s Office in the Davis County Courthouse during regular office hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m. as soon as ballots are available.

The Auditor’s Office will also be open for absentee voting on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Voters will be required to wait outside the Auditor’s Office until the voter in front of them has completed voting.

Absentee ballots to be mailed must be requested in writing no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15. Absentee request forms are available from the Davis County Auditor’s Office or on the Auditor’s webpage of the Davis County website at Forms should be dropped off or mailed to the Davis County Auditor’s Office, 100 Courthouse Square, Ste. 2, Bloomfield, IA 52537.

The Auditor’s Office will pay the postage for all ballots returned by mail. Ballots must be postmarked prior to midnight, Monday, Jan. 25 (the day prior to the election), or may be delivered to the Davis County Auditor’s Office before the polls close at 9 p.m. on Election Day.

“There are parties and committees mailing the blank absentee ballot requests out to voters, and we are receiving those in the office now, Auditor Linda Humphrey said. “However, we do not have ballots yet to send out, and don’t expect to (have them) until after all of the State’s deadlines are met and the ballots can be printed.

“We will mail those ballots out as soon as possible after we receive them, but it is quite possible that the voter may have only a few business days to get their voted ballot back to us prior to election day,” Humphrey said.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. on Election Day, Jan. 26.

For further information, contact the Davis County Auditor’s Office at 641-664-2101 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.