2020 election voting begins Monday
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.
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.
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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2020 GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT
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
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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