Iowa Secretary of State gears up for absentee voting

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(ABC 6 News)- Absentee voting starts Wednesday in Iowa. Last year, the Iowa legislature passed law changes to how and when you are allowed to vote. 

Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation shortening both early, and election day voting windows.

Ballots will be mailed out to those who requested absentee ballots Wednesday, October 19. Wednesday is also the first day people can vote absentee in person. 

This is also a shorter window than previous election years: Monday, October 24 is the last day voters can request an absentee ballot sent to their homes.

“We’re making sure people know what those deadlines are. Again, Iowa is one of the best states in the country. We have one of the highest voter turnouts and we were named the top three for administering our elections,” said Secretary of State Paul Pate.

And, county auditors now have to have all absentee ballots by 8pm on Election Day. Voters can no longer rely on their ballot being postmarked by that time. 

It has to be physically in the auditor’s hands. So, the Pate says to make sure ballots are mailed at least five days before Election Day.

For more election information head to the Secretary of State’s website.