The Warren County Board of Supervisors almost forgot one detail Monday.
Opening the county administration building for voting. The administration building’s auditorium is slated to be the only Indianola voting location for Tuesday’s primary election. But the board had closed the building to the public in March 16, when the COVID-19 pandemic first began.
The board met in emergency session Monday afternoon to formally open the administration building’s auditorium to the public for voting on Tuesday.
“According to the Iowa code, the building needs to be open,” explained assistant county attorney Dawn Bowman.
Iowa code section 49.123 flatly states that “the courthouse of each county shall remain open on election day,” while Iowa Code 49.109 (8) says reporters shall be allowed to be present at polling places and Iowa Code 53.17(1)(a) says that the county auditor shall accept ballots turned in by hand on election day, according to the resolution the supervisors approved.
The building will be open for voting in the auditorium from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday before closing again on Wednesday, said Bowman.