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Iowa Election Law Changes

With an election less than a month away, Iowa voters will have less time to choose candidates for school boards and local governments. That's the result of changes made by the legislature earlier this year.

Scott County Auditor Kerri Tompkins says the new deadline to pre-register to vote is next Monday (10/18). That's fifteen days before the November 2nd election. Formerly, the deadline was 11 days. But, you can still register to vote on election day.

Another change from past years, the deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is next Monday.

"We can no longer just mail out absentee ballots, you have to request it. And so in order to do that you can call our office and make that request and we'll send you the form or you can just fill it out, you can print it out from our website and send it in to us and then we will mail you an absentee ballot."

In the past, as long as they were postmarked by election day absentee ballots were counted. Now, they must be received by the auditor by election day.

Tompkins says in-person early voting opens this Wednesday (10/13) at the auditor's office, and continues through Monday, November 1st.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.