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While Election Day is still a couple weeks away, thousands of Iowans have already started casting ballots by mail or at early voting locations across the state.
Currently, local county auditor offices are open every weekday for eligible voters to vote for the upcoming election on Nov. 6.
Voters can also cast an early vote at designated satellite voting locations. Eligible voters will need to check with their county auditor to see if there is a satellite voting location in their community.
A person voting early in person at the auditor’s office or a satellite location will be asked to show identification, however identification is not required to vote. Instead, voters without proper ID will sign an oath and then cast their ballot.
Voters can show the following types of ID:
• Valid driver’s license.
• Non-operator ID.
• U.S. passport.
• Veterans or military ID.
• Tribal ID.
• State-issued voter identification card.
Voters can also request to have an absentee ballot mailed to their house, and they can vote from the comfort of their kitchen table.
The deadline to request a vote by mail ballot is 5 p.m., Oct. 27.
A voter can print off an absentee ballot request and fill it out and mail to their local county auditor.
Once the absentee ballot is requested, Iowans can track their ballots online. Ballots need to be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 5 to be counted, but county auditors recommend returning the ballot as soon as possible in the postage paid envelope provided.
Iowa has a voter registration deadline up until 10 days before the Election but can still register to vote on Election Day, either online or at their county auditor’s office or print off a form and send into to county auditor, or simply visit their county auditor.
Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, Iowans may purchase or change their Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual health coverage to become effective Jan. 1, 2019.
During this open enrollment, Iowans may call 1-800-318-2596 or visit healthcare.gov for information regarding enrollment and calculating applicable tax credits.
Iowans can begin previewing sample premium amounts for individual ACA-complaint health insurance plans at the iowa.gov website.
These premium amounts will become official once posted to healthcare.gov during open enrollment beginning Nov. 1.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation and Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services data, Iowans received an average monthly advanced premium tax credit of $888 during 2017 under the ACA.
The state’s estimated total annual premium tax credits received by marketplace enrollees were $444,241,000.
Local insurance agents, assisters and certified application counselors are available to assist Iowans review insurance plans.