With Iowa’s new voter ID law the rules changed for early voting.
Here’s good information from Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert about the new rules. I modified the press release to make it applicable statewide.
It’s less than 120 days until the Nov. 6 election, and voters may now request mailed absentee ballots. Request forms are available on the Secretary of State website where a page is devoted to early voting. The site can be found here. Ballots will be mailed beginning Oct. 8, which is also the first day for in-person early voting.
Note that under the new voter ID law, absentee ballot request forms must include the correct ID number. There is not an “oath” option for mailed absentee ballots – if you do not provide the correct ID number, the auditor cannot mail you a ballot.
If you have an Iowa Driver’s license or Iowa non-driver ID you are required to list that number. If you don’t have an Iowa license or non-driver ID, use the PIN number from your voter card. (Voters with an Iowa license or non-driver ID do not have a PIN number). The auditor cannot accept the last four digits of a Social Security number on an absentee ballot request.
Voters should visit their county auditor web site or call them with any questions. The Secretary of State provides contact information for all 99 Iowa counties here.