The Sec of State Has Issued A Press Release Encouraging Iowa’s “Older Voters” to utilize Absentee Ballots for Upcoming June Election
With the state of Iowa currently holding a number of 1,995 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Iowa Secretary of State is encouraging members of the state to utilize absentee ballots to cast votes for the upcoming June elections. According to the Office of the Secretary of State Paul Pate, a press release was distributed on Tuesday asking its “older voters to continue practicing social distancing and to utilize absentee voting by mail”.
The upcoming election is scheduled for June 2nd and there is still no clear indicator that would suggest that social distancing guidelines will not be lifted due to this growing virus. According to the press release, absentee ballots will be mailed to every voter who is registered in the State of Iowa as early as April 23. The Secretary of State has also extended the the absentee voting periods for 40 days.
“The safety of our voters has to be the top priority during this pandemic and the safest way to vote in the June primary will be by mailing an absentee ballot,” Secretary Pate said in the press release.
The press release provides the three step process on how the absentee voting should be handled:
- Make sure your address is correct on your voter registration so ballot request forms are sent to the correct address. You have to be registered as a Republican or a Democrat to participate in the primary.
- Fill out an absentee ballot request form and mail it to your county auditor. Ballot requests will be sent to every active registered voter. Iowans can also download the request form directly from the Iowa Secretary of State website, VoterReady.Iowa.gov. Requests must be received by the county auditor before 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22.
- Once you receive your ballot, fill it out and put it in the mail.
The press release can be found at https://sos.iowa.gov/news/2020_04_14.html.