Election 2020: Important deadlines for Iowa voters

Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 5:12 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -Records have been set in Pottawattamie County with about 25 thousand people absentee voting already.

County Auditor Melvyn Houser says he expects thousands more to pour in within the next five days. The biggest thing he’s dealing with now is a lot of questions:

“We are getting more questions about the ballots. Where can I drop my ballot off? When do I have to have it back by?” Houser said.

Those deadlines are both quickly approaching — and they are both different. If you’re voting by mail, you have to have it postmarked by Monday.

“We will count every ballot we get,” Houser said.

If you’re planning to drop your ballot off at a dropbox you can do it until 9 p.m. Tuesday. In Iowa, there’s only one dropbox per county. In Pottawattamie County, it’s right in front of the courthouse.

“Every county can have one dropbox, and it has to be on the courthouse grounds under camera and security,” Houser said.

You can still vote early and in-person until Monday.

Houser said there’s one important thing to remember when you vote this year: whether it’s early or on Election Day:

“It’s an easy process. It’s no different than we’ve been doing for years and years. It’s the same process, and enjoy it!”

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