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Linn Co Auditor's Office receives more than 500 filled out sample ballots

At least fifty of the resent sample ballots do not have a return address, making it impossible for voting officials to contact those voters.

The Linn County Auditor's Office is still trying to get in touch with voters who thought sample ballots were the real thing. County auditor Joel Miller says the office has now received more than five hundred sample ballots filled out and mistaken for official ballots. There were 90,500 ballots sent out. In addition to those ballots, an envelope to request an absentee ballot and information on the changing Iowa voter's law was included in those mailings. For a majority of the 500 people who have sent back in filled out sample ballots, the auditor's office is reaching back out to them.

"We're sending letters back out to them and notifying them that the sample ballot they received is not the official ballot," said Miller.

In those letters are absentee requests forms voters can fill out.

As of Wednesday, there are at least 50 people who sent back sample ballots that the Linn County Auditor's Office has no way of getting in touch with because a return address was not written. For anyone who is unsure if they ballot they sent in was a sample and didn't leave a return address, Miller says they can check online by filling out a form on the Secretary of State website and get the results instantly. If an official ballot was sent in, the date it was processed will show. If not, a message indicating records couldn't be found will appear.

"That's a good indicator they never applied for an absentee ballot and therefore what they had was not an absentee ballot," said Miller.

Miller says if anyone is still concerned about the status of their vote, another way to get a sure answer is by reaching out to the auditor's office and speaking with an official.

"We can look up your record and see whether or not you have requested an absentee ballot or not. That's probably the simplest thing to do; just give us a phone call," said Miller.

Voting officials can be reached at the Linn County Auditor's Office Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at (319) 892-5300.

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