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Absentee ballot applications can cause confusion


Waterloo (KWWL) -- Some door-to-door soliciting encouraging people to request absentee ballots is creating some confusion among voters.

Absentee voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse has been brisk.

Elections officials expect about 1/4th of the votes in the November election to be cast before Election Day.

In the fever pitch of election hype, many campaigns and organizations go door-to-door to register people to vote or vote absentee.

That's where confusion can set in.

"It's not uncommon in my line of work that voters will say I got 2 absentee ballots when they got 2 absentee ballot applications sent in," says Black Hawk Co. Elections Manager Kyle Jensson.

Solicitors shouldn't be armed with real ballots.

That should be sent in the mail.

"It wouldn't be uncommon that candidates or organizations distribute those applications and volunteer to return those to the elections office on the voters behalf but the voter has the right and the opportunity to ask for a receipt," says Jensson.

That receipt is on the bottom right of the absentee ballot request form.

It should include the name and number of the person returning it on your behalf.

A mailing problem delayed a dozen or so absentee ballots in Tama County.

Auditor Laura Kopsa says the post office is investigating what happened.

Her office has mailed out replacement ballots.

If you do not get your absentee ballot, contact your auditor's office for a replacement.

Already more than 224,000 Iowans have requested absentee ballots.

You have until October 31 to request an absentee ballot by mail though military personnel and others overseas have until November 3.

Your absentee ballot must be returned or postmarked by November 3.

You can also vote absentee at your county Auditor's office or satellite voting station anytime before the election.

For a list of satellite voting locations in Black Hawk County, click here

Online Reporter: Bob Waters

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