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What you need to know about Iowa’s new voting laws before the next election

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 6:37 PM CDT
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FAIRFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) - The first week of November is when elections will take place. Abbie DeKleine, second Deputy Auditor for Jefferson County shares a few new Iowa voting laws to be aware of before you go out and cast your vote.

She says according to the Iowa State Association of County Auditors, absentee ballots must be requested.

“County auditors will not send out absentee ballot request forms unless they are asked by the voter,” DeKleine says. She also says the time has changed to get absentee ballots returned. “You must get your absentee ballot back to the auditors by 8 pm on election day,” she says.

If you’re returning someone else’s ballot, you must be in relation to the individual. “In order to return someone’s ballot, you must be an immediate family member, or live in the same household, or have a special form if they are blind or disabled,” she adds.

For more voting information their website at Iowaauditors.org. City and school elections will be on Tuesday, November 2.

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