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It's time to vote!
by By Liz Mathis State Senator · November 3rd, 2016

The November 8 election is just a few days away. If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to vote-regardless of how you vote. Federal, state and local candidates are on the ballot, so it is important that all Iowans make their voices heard.

More than 342,400 Iowans have voted early, and thousands more will cast their ballots at the polls on Tuesday, November 8. Voting in Iowa is more convenient than just about anywhere in the country, which is one reason our state has great citizen participation in elections.

More than 70 percent of Iowa voters cast their ballot in 2012, the last presidential election year. Let's push the numbers even higher this year.

There are several ways to vote:

1. You can vote in person at your County Auditor's office as long as you do so before Election Day.

2. You can vote by mail. Friday, Nov. 4, is the last day to request an absentee ballot by mail. Send in your completed ballot promptly to ensure it is postmarked no later than Monday, Nov. 7. On Election Day, you can drop off your ballot at your County Auditor's office before 9 p.m.

3. You can vote at the polls on Election Day. Polling places will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. statewide.

Iowa law also allows you to register to vote at the polls on Election Day. Be sure to bring identification and proof of residence.

Not sure of where to find your Election Day polling place? Go to the Iowa Secretary of State's site at and click on "Find Your Precinct/Polling Place."

If you have any questions about voting, call the Linn County Auditor at 319-892-5300
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