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2020 election voting begins Monday

T-R photo by Thomas Nelson Marshall County election volunteers and employees get ready to accept and send out absentee ballots Monday. In-person early absentee voting begins Monday at the old fire station.

Voting technically begins Monday.

Marshall County residents will be able to submit in-person absentee voting at the old fire station located at 107 S. First Ave. from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The ballots cast will not be counted until Nov. 3.

“We count the absentee votes on election day,” Marshall County Auditor Nan Benson said.

For all intents and purposes early voting begins on Oct. 5. Along with in-person absentee voting, at least 6,320 absentee ballots will be sent out to voters who requested them.

The 2020 general election could see the highest turnout because of absentee voting. This year’s primary already set records on turnout and absentee voting.

A sign outside the old fire station leads folks to where they can turn in their absentee ballots. In-person early absentee voting begins Monday at the old fire station.

Those ballots are being sent to people who filled out absentee ballot requests, which have been sent to every registered voter in Iowa by Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office.

If someone is voting in-person they still need to show identification.

“They need to bring an ID proving they are who they say they are. It does not need to have their correct address, just an ID showing who they are,” Benson said.

Same day registration is still offered, so people can come in to vote early and register at the same time.

Benson suggests people arrive between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. to avoid crowds.

T-R photo by Thomas Nelson In-person early absentee voting begins Monday at the old fire station.

All Marshall County voters can go to the old fire station to take part in early in-person absentee voting.

Hours will be extended to 5 p.m. on the two Saturdays prior to Nov. 3 and on Nov. 2 and Oct. 30.

Benson is happy her office is offering early voting as an option because it might help stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s going to help with social distancing,” she said. “I think it makes it even more important.”

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Contact Thomas Nelson at 641-753-6611 or tnelson@timesrepublican.com

2020 GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT

For President

Republican – Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence

Democratic – Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris

Alliance Party – Roque Rocky De La Fuente and Darcy G. Richardson

Constitution Party of Iowa – Don Blankenship and William Alan Mohr

Genealogy Know Your Family History – Ricki Sue King and Dayna R. Chandler

Green – Howie Hawkins and Angela Nicole Walker

Libertarian – Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy Cohen

No Party – Brock Pierce and Karla Ballard

No Party – Kanye West and Michelle Tidball

For U.S. Senate

Republican – Joni Ernst

Democratic – Theresa Greenfield

Libertarian – Rick Stewart

No Party – Suzanne Herzog

U.S. House of Representatives District 1

Republican – Ashley Hinson

Democratic – Abby Finkenauer

Iowa Senate District 36

Republican – Jeff Edler

Democratic – David Degner

Iowa House District 71

Republican – Tony Reed

Democratic – Sue Cahill

Iowa House District 72

Republican – Dean Fisher

Democratic – Christina Blackcloud

Marshall County Board of Supervisors

Republican – Steve Salasek

Democrat – Thomas Thurston

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