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Secretary Of State's Office Says Absentee Ballot Request Forms Are In The Mail

Fri 9-4-2020

(Des Moines)-- Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced today (Fri.) active, registered voters in the state should start receiving absentee ballot request forms in the mail this weekend...Paul Pate 

"Iowans have options about how they choose to cast their vote. You can vote from home or you can vote early at your county Auditor's Office or at the polls on election day. The key is we want every eligible Iowan to participate and to be safe while voting."

Pate says the mailings include pre-paid, first class mail postage along with an envelope to return the request form to the voter's county auditor.

Pate adds many voters have already received absentee request forms for the November general election from county auditors, political parties and other groups. He says you only need to send in one form, unless you're from Linn or Woodbury counties and already returned a mailing sent by those county auditors. Judicial rulings have invalidated forms that were pre-filled by those auditors. A hearing on a similar mailing sent by the Johnson County auditor is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9.

The mailing from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office includes information about how to vote absentee or on Election Day. County auditors will begin mailing ballots on October 5. Ballot request forms must be received no later than Saturday, October 24 at 5 p.m. Iowans can track that status of their absentee ballot at this link.