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Iowa Secretary of State talks absentee ballots

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- Early voting began Monday in Iowa.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says, as of Monday, the state has received more than 642,000 absentee ballot requests.

Pate projected nearly 70% of voters will vote absentee.

He said the state tries to get ballots sent out within 24 hours of receiving the requests.

Pate said his biggest concern for this election is misinformation.

He said you can avoid that by visiting the state's or your county's website for voting information.

If you requested an absentee ballot, but want to vote in person, that's okay, too.

"When you go into vote, the poll worker will mention that you requested an absentee, so they'll take your ballot and call it a provisional and separate it until they can confirm that your absentee ballot did not get counted," said Pate. "We have a strong tradition here in Iowa, one vote per Iowan."

Pate said you can take in, and surrender your absentee ballot, if you choose to vote in person.

He said he isn't worried about absentee votes being counted.

"I will just say that we will be on time. We've extended the prep time to the Saturday before the election so they can get a head start on getting the absentees processed and ready. On Monday, they actually can start moving the process along more aggressively," said Pate.

Pate said you need to remember to bring your ID to prove you're a registered voter, if you plan on voting in person.

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