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Early voting begins for Iowa primaries

By: - May 18, 2022 3:47 pm

Iowa residents have 20 days to cast their early ballots for the primary election. (Photo by iStock /Getty Images Plus)

Absentee voting for Iowa’s June 7 primary elections started Wednesday, and residents who wish to vote by mail must get those requests to their county auditors by Monday.

The early voting time frame has been shortened from 40 to 20 days prior to elections by successive state legislation in the past five years.

Also, mailed ballots must now arrive at auditors’ offices by the close of polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted, under normal circumstances. Auditors began mailing requested ballots to voters on Wednesday.

Residents can cast their early ballots in-person at the auditors’ offices until the day before the election during their normal office hours. Those hours and contact information for the offices are listed here.

Those who wish to vote on Election Day can do so between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. at their designated polling sites. Voters can find their sites here.

Voter pre-registration for the primaries ends Monday. Otherwise, residents can register on Election Day.

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Jared Strong
Jared Strong

Senior reporter Jared Strong has written about Iowans and the important issues that affect them for more than 15 years, previously for the Carroll Times Herald and the Des Moines Register. His investigative work exposing police misconduct has notched several state and national awards. He is a longtime trustee of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, which fights for open records and open government. He is a lifelong Iowan and has lived mostly in rural western parts of the state.

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