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Absentee ballot request forms will be sent to all registered voters in Iowa


This news story was published on July 18, 2020.
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DES MOINES – Absentee ballot request forms will be sent to all registered voters in Iowa after legislators approved a plan Friday.

An emergency directive to conduct a statewide mailing of absentee ballot request forms to Iowa’s active registered voters for the November general election was approved by the Legislative Council.  Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, who oversaw record-setting voting in Iowa in recent elections, had this to say of the directive:

Paul Pate

“I want Iowa voters and poll workers to be safe during this pandemic while we conduct a clean, fair and secure election. After consulting with all 99 county auditors, I believe the best way to accomplish that goal is by mailing an absentee ballot request form to every active registered voter in the state. Voters will still have the option of casting their ballot in person and we will provide resources to protect Iowans who choose that method. This process worked great in the June primary and believe it will work in the general election.”

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

This action comes as Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation weeks ago that limited Pates’ ability to reach voters.  As NIT reported on June 27, 2020: HF2486: an Act relating to the conduct of elections, including emergency powers, procedures relating to electors, and the use of a county seal on materials related to elections.  The legislation limits the powers of Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate, whose actions helped create record voter turnout in Iowa in the last elections.  Pate now cannot mail out absentee ballot requests to all active voters for the November 3 election.  He would also need approval from legislators to make other emergency election changes.

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10 Responses to Absentee ballot request forms will be sent to all registered voters in Iowa

  1. Ezekiel Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Even though Pate is a Republican, he has the CORRECT idea.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 22, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    The ONLY CHOICE this country has is TRUMP 2020

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 21, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    What can go wrong ? New York just had some elections – mostly all mail in – elections ended over a month ago – no winners announced yet – Seems 28% of ALL MAIL IN BALLOTS ARE BOGUS/INVALID OR CORRUPT LIARS ! Where is ballot counter Joe the BASEMENT at when you need him.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 21, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    All the article says is that the state is going to be sending out absentee ballot requests. Do some losers need their 15 minutes of fame so bad that they remark on something so simple and informative? Please, get a life.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 20, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Will they also be sending out the ballots to dead kitty cats like other states?

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Finally a republican with common sense.

    Americans are dying during this pandemic. It’s not a hoax or a joke.

    I can not comprehend how ignorant and stupid some people are.

    This president who claims to be a germophobe is probably lying about that also.

    If a person is a germaphobe they would wear their damn mask.

    SAVE US AMERICANS FROM THIS PANDEMIC DEMISE!!!!!!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 20, 2020 at 9:48 am

      You will wear yours or you won’t get in anywhere. Show respect for other people you big mouth P.O.S.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 20, 2020 at 6:52 pm

        You can’t take the truth, so you have to distract and deflect name calling.

        When you get a relative that gets this crap you may think differently.

        Jerk!!! Yes! I can distract and deflect also.

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Bingo!!!!! You don’t want to wear a mask. I can respect that. Let it work it way through the’herd’is the game plan. Learn to live with the ‘rona. Hard gamble as it can lead to great loss. Your betting on the ‘rona vaccine will win the day. Hope