Duties and/or Mission 

The County Auditor is responsible for a variety of functions and duties. The main functions

  • Commissioner of Elections (federal, state, county, city and school district)
  • Preparing and certifying tax levies
  • Maintaining financial records
  • Clerk to the Board of Supervisors
  • Keeping Real Estate Transfer Records
  • Maintains a drainage record for all drainage districts of the county
  • Payroll and Human Resources Manager



MEDIA RELEASE: Auditor Carmen Moser Encourages Iowans to participate in National Voter Registration Month

Emmetsburg – Palo Alto County Auditor Carmen Moser joins Secretary of State Paul Pate and Auditors across Iowa in encouraging all eligible residents to participate in National Voter Registration Month by registering to vote or making sure their voter information is current.

“The combined City/School election will be held on November 5th, 2019. Voter acknowledgement cards will be mailed out to notify voters of their polling location for this election.   If a voter needs to update their voting record, they should send the card back with the correction to the Palo Alto County Auditor’s Office.” Auditor Moser said.

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established September as National Voter Registration Month in 2002 to encourage voter participation and increase awareness.

“Voting for the city and school elections begins in just a few weeks and the Iowa Caucuses are on the horizon, so now is a great time to make sure you’re registered to vote, and your information is current,” Secretary Pate said. “We are one of the top states in the nation for voter registration and voter participation. My goal is for us to be number one.”

Tuesday, September 24, is National Voter Registration Day. Last year, nearly 5,000 Iowans used the state’s online voter registration system on that day.

Registering to vote in Iowa has never been easier. There are several options available, and it only takes a few minutes. You can register anytime online, through the mail, at various government agency offices, at a voter registration drive, at military recruiting centers, or in-person at the County Auditor’s Office.

Approximately 90 percent of eligible Iowans are registered to vote, and there are more than two million active registered voters in the state. To check your voter registration status, register to vote or update your information visit or

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Contact Information

Palo Alto Auditor’s Office
Palo Alto County Courthouse
1010 Broadway Street, PO Box 95
Emmetsburg, IA 50536

Phone 712-852-2924

8am-4pm, Monday-Friday
Closed weekends & holidays

Carmen Moser, Auditor

Therese Geelan, Deputy Auditor

Jordan Morey, Clerk

Amanda Hansen, Clerk