Early voting underway in Polk County, Iowa

(DES MOINES, Iowa)   Early voting is underway in Polk County for a local option sales tax issue March 6th. Voters will decide whether to raise the tax by a penny.  Cities within the county will decide how to use extra revenue generated by the increase.

Polk County Auditor Jamie FItzgerald says if you want to vote early, you'll need to request a ballot before February 23rd, which is the last day the county will mail out ballots.  

He also says voters will need to include their DOT-issued Driver's license number, or non-operator number.  Voters who do not have either, can get a voter ID number by registering with the Polk County Elections Office.   The identification or the ID number must be presented at the polls.

Early voting is also underway for the June 5th primary in the governor's race.   

Fitzgerald says voting early continues to grow in popularity.   He says non-presidential years, they'll get up to 80-thousand absentee ballot requests in Polk County.  He says during presidential years the number is closer to 100-thousand.

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