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Newscast 05.04.22: Iowa Democratic Party is Fighting to Retain First-in-the-Nation Presidential Caucuses; Early Voting to Begin Soon In Iowa, Mail-In Ballots Included

Iowa Absentee Ballot Request Form
Iowa Absentee Ballot Request Form

The Iowa Democratic Party has submitted a letter to its national party asking for the Iowa caucuses to remain first-in-the-nation in the order of selecting a presidential candidate. The D-N-C opened up the calendar and is asking states that want to go first to apply. The Iowa caucuses have been first-in-the-nation for a half-century but powerful national Democrats say the want more diverse and competitive states to go first now. Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn was asked on a press call today (Wednesday) how he can still defend Iowa’s lack of diversity. He says Iowa is becoming more diverse and people of color are being elected.

“This past year with our local city council, school board and mayoral elections, there was a record number of communities of color, people of color running for office. And the vast majority of them winning.”

Iowa Democrats will officially make their case to the national party next month. Republicans have not changed their calendar and potential G-O-P presidential candidates have already begun testing the waters in Iowa in recent months.

Iowa’s primary elections are coming up, and election officials say Iowans who want to vote by mail should request their ballot as soon as possible.

Iowans who want to vote in the primary elections must register as a Republican or Democrat. Voters have to submit a written application if they want to vote by mail.

That application has to be received by your county auditor by 5 p.m. on May 23rd. County auditors are allowed to start mailing actual ballots to voters on May 18th.

In-person early voting also starts May 18th. Absentee ballots must be received by the county auditor by 8 p.m. on primary election day June 7th. Polls are open that day for in-person voting.

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