As Nov 3 draws near, we at Optimae feel that one of the best ways to “feel good” is to exercise your right to have your voice be heard!
When it comes to voting, there are a number of options available. Whether you use a mail-in absentee ballot, an in-person absentee ballot, or vote in person, here are some things to consider:
Mail-in Absentee Voting
If you requested an absentee ballot and choose to return it by mail, he’s what you should do:
· Complete your ballot with a black ink pen, and sign and date the outer envelope.
· Be sure to mail the ballot by Nov. 2, as mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day prior to Election Day.
You can track your ballot at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/absenteeballotstatus/absentee/search.
In-person Absentee Voting
Absentee ballots may also be delivered in person to your county auditor’s office.
· You may hand deliver your ballot to your county auditor during business hours, or any time prior to 9:00 p.m. on Election Day. (Don’t disinfect your ballot — you’ll ruin it — but remember to disinfect your hands, and wear a mask, before returning the ballot in person.)
· You may also surrender your absentee ballot at your polling place on Election Day, if you decide to vote by regular ballot.
If choosing to vote in person, remember these tips:
· Sanitize your hands before you arrive at your polling location and after you leave
· Wear a mask
· Bring your own pen
· Be ready to provide identification, such as your driver’s license or non-operator ID card
· Arrive at a “non-peak” time — consider arriving mid-morning, or in the afternoon
· Keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and those around you
If you’re still unsure of who you’d like to vote for, more information concerning each candidate and their policies can be found here