Iowa is prepared for Election Day, Secretary of State Paul Pate says

DES MOINES – Election Day is Tuesday.

Iowans who have listened to countless campaign speeches and sat through hours of mind-numbing attack ads finally will get their say – although a record 40 percent or so of eligible voters already have lodged their choices by absentee ballots or early-voting options.

Voters who prefer the old-school method of casting ballots in person on Election Day may see some changes at their polling places as state and county election officials take extra measures to avoid lines and provide a safe place for Iowans to congregate amid a pandemic.

There are 1,681 precincts and about 1,200 polling places around Iowa this election.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said more than 10,000 poll workers were recruited to beef up the Election Day workforce to accommodate Iowans who are expected to show up Tuesday to pick a president, a U.S. senator, four members of Congress, 125 state legislators and numerous local races, as well as pass judgment on a slate of judges and decide whether to authorize a state constitutional convention.

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