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Iowa Senate panel approves new deadline for absentee ballots

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DES MOINES (AP) -

A Senate panel has approved a bill that would change the deadline for when most people in Iowa would need to submit absentee ballots, though some lawmakers say they will introduce changes to the House-backed legislation.

A State Government subcommittee approved the bill Thursday. It heads to the full committee for consideration.

The bill would require that absentee ballots be received by a county auditor's office before polls close on Election Day. Current law requires the ballots be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day.

Critics say the bill, which passed recently in the House, would disenfranchise voters. Supporters say the current system needs to be fixed because some post offices are failing to properly postmark.

Some Democrats say the bill needs changes to advance in the Senate.

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