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Early voting is under way

October 21, 2010
By State Sen. Tom Rielly (D-Oskaloosa)
Our state and local officials have worked hard to make Iowa elections safe and secure by:

•Installing voting machines that are more user-friendly and reliable.

•Ensuring all electronic voting machines create a backup paper trail in case of machine malfunction.

•Creating an online ballot tracking tool for Iowans who vote by mail.

The popularity of early voting has grown in Iowa in recent years. The opportunity to vote at the County Courthouse, at a satellite voting station or by mail in the weeks prior to Election Day gives more registered voters the chance to cast their ballot and make their voice heard.

For the Nov. 2 election, more than 282,000 Iowans have already requested an absentee ballot, which arrives in the mail with a postage-paid return envelope.

If you choose to vote by mail, you can track your ballot by going to and clicking on “Track Your Absentee Ballot.” You’ll be able to follow the progress of your ballot from the time you request it until your completed ballot is received at your county auditor’s office.

Here are a few other tips to keep in mind:

•You can vote at the county auditor’s office until the day before the election.

• On Election Day, the polls are open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. statewide.

• If you’ve moved or are unsure if you’re registered to vote, you can register on Election Day at the polls with proper identification.

If you have questions about how to exercise your right to vote in the upcoming election, contact the the Tama County Auditor at 641-484-2740.

This is a legislative update from Senator Tom Rielly, representing Iowa, Poweshiek, and Keokuk counties, and portions of Mahaska and Tama counties.

To contact Senator Rielly when the Legislature is not in session, call him at 641-673-0359. E-mail him at

Senator Tom Rielly is chair of the Transportation Committee. He also serves on the Agriculture, Commerce, Economic Growth, Environment & Energy Independence, and Local Government committees.

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Sen. Tom Rielly



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