Benton County voters are urged to vote absentee in June 2 primary

PRIMARY ELECTION JUNE 2, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: Benton County voters are strongly encouraged to vote absentee by mail.

ABSENTEE VOTING IN THE AUDITOR’S OFFICE: Absentee ballots will be available starting on May 4, 2020, at the Benton County Auditor’s Office and may be voted in the office until 5:00 p.m., June 1, 2020.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS BY MAIL: A ballot may be mailed to you upon your request. Requests can be in writing (you must include your name, address, date of birth, drivers license number or voter ID number, date, party affiliation either Republican or Democrat, name of election and signature) or on an official absentee ballot request form. Requests must be received by the auditor’s office no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 22nd, 2020. Official forms may be obtained by contacting the auditor’s office or by clicking on the link to Benton County’s website under Elections and Voting: www.bentoncountyiowa.org

CHANGING PARTY AFFLIATION: Any person registered to vote as a Republican, Democrat or No-Party (Independent) may change their party affiliation to vote either Republican or Democrat in the Primary Election at their polling place.

VOTER REGISTRATION: You must be registered to vote to participate in the Primary Election. Registration may be done in several ways.

  1. You may register in person in the Auditor’s office. The deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 22nd, 2020.
  2. You may register online thru the Iowa DOT, visit the Secretary of State’s website for more information: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/voterregistration.html
  3. You may mail your registration to the Auditor’s office. Voter registrations that are mailed and not received by 5:00 p.m. on May 22nd, 2020, must be postmarked by May 18th, 2020.
  4. Election Day Registration – You may register at your polling place on Election Day by presenting a current photo ID and proof of residency to the election officials. Contact the Auditor’s office for a list of approved documents.

VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS: Voters who are unable to show ID (or prove residence if required) may have their identities attested to by another registered voter in the precinct or have the right to cast a provisional ballot. Election Day Registrant attesters must also show ID. Call the Secretary of State’s Office at 1-888-SOS-VOTE or the County Auditor’s Office at 319-472-2365 with any questions or concerns.

VOTING EQUIPMENT TESTING: A public test of the Unisyn optical scan precinct count units will begin on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

EXTENDED HOURS: The Benton County Auditor’s Office will be open

Friday, May 22, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 29, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 30, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and

Monday, June 1, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

CONTACT: The Benton County Auditor’s Office if you have questions regarding voter registration, absentee voting, or other election related issues:

HAYLEY RIPPEL, BENTON COUNTY AUDITOR

P.O. BOX 549

VINTON, IOWA 52349

319-472-2365

E-MAIL: bcauditor@co.benton.ia.us

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