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Mailed ballots begin arriving in Johnson County mailboxes

IOWA CITY– Voters do not have to send voted ballots back by mail, and can return them to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office at 913 S. Dubuque St.
Two drive-up drop boxes were installed along the driveway south of the administration building, according to the auditor’s office. Walk-up voters may use the drop slot at the front door of the Administration Building.
The office delivered 32,000 ballots to the Cedar Rapids regional mail center. Those who requested a mailed ballot are encouraged to wait a couple days for the ballot.
All ballots cast before Election Day, whether by mail, at the drive-up voting, or at satellite sites, are considered absentee ballots and are counted the same way by the Absentee Board beginning Monday, Nov. 2. Those voting early in person will not be putting a ballot into a ballot reader. It will go into an envelope and into a secure storage area until the Absentee Board meets.
Of the 793 voters at drive-through voting Monday, 168 of them were canceling a previously requested mailed ballot, and it led to longer wait times, a release from the auditor’s office stated. It will be faster to wait for a mailed ballot and drop it off than to wait in the line for drive-through voting, the office advised.
If you requested a mailed ballot and decided to vote on Election Day, bring the absentee ballot with you to turn in unvoted.