Buena Vista County Election Deputy Karla Ahrendsen this (Tues) morning reported that the county has had 1,061 absentee ballots requested for the general election, and 925 have been returned. 576 people have voted absentee in-person in BV County.
A total of 200-thousand statewide have already cast votes in this year’s General Election. The latest information on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website indicates county auditors have issued 273-thousand absentee ballots, and 73 percent of those ballots have been returned. About 55-percent of the early votes are from Democrats, 31-percent are from Republicans, and most of the rest are from independents who list “no party” on their voter registration.
52-percent of the “early votes” so far were either cast in person at a county auditor’s office or satellite voting site — or voters used a designated drop box for their absentee ballot. A little less than half of the early votes already cast in Iowa’s 2022 General Election were delivered to county auditors’ offices through the U.S. Mail. Iowa law now requires absentee ballots to be inside your county auditor’s office by 8 p.m. next Tuesday. Election officials say the window for mailing ballots is closing. Jennifer Garms is president of the Iowa State Association of County Auditors…(audio clip below)
Postmarks and postal bar codes showing you mailed a ballot before election day NO LONGER APPLY. Voters can check online at www.voterready.iowa.gov to see if their ballot has been received.
In-person early voting at county auditors’ offices and some satellite voting locations continues through November 7th. Buena Vista County residents can vote early in person the remainder of this work week from 8am to 4:30pm…Saturday from 9am to 5pm…and next Monday from 8am to 4:30pm.
(thanks to Radio Iowa for contributing)