Early voting gets underway in Iowa

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September 27, 2012


By Greg Janetka

DES MOINES, Iowa: Game on, Iowa! Starting today voters in the Hawkeye State will begin casting ballots for the November 6 general election.[1] Iowa is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. This year four seats are up in the U.S. House, along with 26 state senate seats and 100 state house seats.

According to the Iowa Secretary of State's office, there are approximately 18,000 more active registered Republican voters than Democrats. However, Democratic voters have thus far requested absentee ballots in much greater numbers.[2]

To vote in Iowa, you must meet the following requirements:[3]

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A Iowa resident
  • At least 17 1/2 years old (must be 18 years old by Election Day to vote)

In addition, you cannot:

  • Be a convicted felon (unless your voting rights have been restored)
  • Be judged mentally incompetent to vote by a court
  • Claim the right to vote in any other place

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