September is National Voter Registration Month, which is also serving as a reminder of changes in Iowa voting laws.
Chickasaw County Auditor Stephanie Mashek says now’s a good time to get registered to vote, especially if you prefer to vote by absentee ballot.
Mashek also notes that voting law changes also shorten the time frame for absentee ballots to be requested and imposes new deadlines on when the ballots must be cast.
Previously, absentee ballots placed in the mail the day before Election Day could be counted as long as they arrived by noon the following Monday. Other changes in Iowa voting law include closing all polls at 8 p.m. on election day for state and federal elections.
County auditors like Mashek could also face jail time and/or fines up to $10,000 if they conduct elections that don’t adhere to the new voting laws, which came after record turnout for the November 2020 election