Primghar, Iowa — Labor Day is often called a kickoff day for the fall campaign, but early voting in Iowa starts in just 27 days. Most of the high-profile federal candidates in Iowa started airing campaign ads in August.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is seeking a seventh term in the U.S. Senate. Grassley’s doing something in 2016 that’s been rare in his senate career — he’s running an ad criticizing his Democratic opponent. Democrat Patty Judge says she’s running against Grassley because he’s “not paying attention” to the nation’s problems.
Republican Congressman Steve King of Kiron is seeking reelection to an eighth term in the U.S. House. Kim Weaver, a social worker from Sheldon, is the Democrat who’s challenging King.
The President and several other races will also be decided in the upcoming election.
O’Brien County Auditor Barb Rohwer says Iowa law allows early voting to start on Thursday, September 29th. But she says any absentee ballot has to be requested on a special form.
She says Iowans can also walk into their county auditor’s office any time between September 29th and November 7th, fill out a request for an absentee ballot and vote.
She says you can ask for an absentee ballot through the mail and vote throughout October and early November. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Monday, November 7th if they’re mailed back in. But Rohwer encourages people to send their ballots early to avoid postmark problems.
Of course you can always vote at the polls on Election Day, November 8th.