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I attended the Sioux County Republican Convention on Saturday. It was a relatively uneventful convention, plenty of great conversation, but there was one thing that perked my interest.

Ryan Dokter, the Sioux County Auditor, mentioned the possibility that absentee voting will start sooner than it is supposed to.

Dokter said state officials are monitoring the Coronavirus and, as many Iowans as possible should vote absentee.

“I had meetings in Des Moines this week and the Secretary of State may be able to have absentee voting start earlier than the 29 days prior to the election,” Dokter said. “The situation is all very fluid and, right now at least, county auditors are encouraging people to consider absentee voting.”

The concern is most poll workers are in the age group that is most vulnerable to the Coronavirus.

No decisions have been made yet. But based on what was said, it seems like a real possibility.

And, whatever decision is made, Dokter said there is one absolute.

“There will be a primary on June 2, no question on that at all,” he said. “We will not be delaying or postponing the primary in Iowa.”

Author: Jacob Hall