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***Rumors are swirling Iowa about polling location closures and changes. We’ve contacted the county auditors in Iowa to find out what is actually happening in their county.***

Voters in Linn County will have 27 fewer polling places open than usual today. Rebecca Stonawski, deputy commissioner of elections, told The Iowa Standard that Linn County will have 51 polling places open this year. Typically there are 78.

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The auditor’s office sent yellow notification postcards to all registered voter households. It also published in the four major newspapers in the county and have posted polling place changes at all impacted locations.

Various reasons were listed for changes — traditional polling places didn’t want to host due to COVID, the derecho destroyed five locations and finding poll workers was a challenge.

Stonawaski said she was “optimistic” that they’d have the necessary number of poll workers. But, she added, they continue to lose workers due to concerns about COVID.

Voters can find their polling place at this website.

Iowans can sign up to be poll workers here.

Author: Jacob Hall

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