Polk County residents to get early voting ballot request forms

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Polk County Auditor is giving all voters in the county the chance to ask for early ballots for November's General Election.

"We're going to send everyone in Polk County a 8.5 by 11 inch instruction guide along with an absentee ballot request that you can tear off, put back in an envelope and mail to our office" says County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald.

He says while the ballot requests can be made now, voters are going to have to be patient.

"The one thing we want to caution voters on--you've not going to have your ballot until October 5th. State law says early ballots can't be voted until 29 days before the election" Fitzgerald says.

He says the his office wants to make as many voting options available as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Obviously we can't see the future. We don't know if there's going to be satellite voting, what our polling sites are going to look like--what it's going to look like in November. We want to make sure we give our voters options" Fitzgerald says.

He says Polk County was part of a statewide voter turnout record for last month's primary election after ballot requests were sent out by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate

This year's General Election is November 3rd.

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