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Election Officials Seeing Big Increase In Mail-In Absentee Ballot Requests

Wed 5-20-2020

(Spirit Lake)-- Election officials say they're seeing a spike in requests for mail-in absentee ballots for the June 2nd primary due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jordan Moyer of the Dickinson County Auditor's Office says the requests are up considerably from previous elections...Absentee Requests01 

"We have had 2,949 absentee request forms sent to our office and we have had 1,728 of those received back in our office as of today. I take it that's got to be up considerably from previous elections? Yep, yep. In 2016 for our primary we had a little less than 100 absentees and then on election day we had about 763 people come to the polls to vote."

Moyer adds time is quickly winding down to request an absentee ballot by mail...Absentee Requests02 

"So actually this Friday, the 22nd, is the last day that you can request an absentee ballot by mail. Otherwise we are open across the street from the courthouse at 909 19th Street, which is the previous Paul's Body Shop, and it's directly south of the courthouse, and we are doing that until the day before the election. Just with some dates also with that, if you are sending back your ballots, you have until, your ballot needs to be postmarked by June 1st and it needs to be in our office by June 8th at noon for that ballot to count."

Voting election day will also be held at 909 19th Street (the former Paul's Body Shop) just south of the courthouse.

Moyer says those who vote in person will notice some additional precautions being taken due to the pandemic. She says they recently received a shipment of masks, gloves, disinfectant and hand sanitizer from the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.