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Dallas County Auditor speaks with Dallas Center Rotary Club

Bob King - Dallas Center Rotary Club
John Mortimer and Mary Ireland listen to Julia Helm, Dallas County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, on Oct. 6 during a meeting with the Dallas Center Rotary Club.

Julia Helm, Dallas County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, met with the Dallas Center Rotary Club during its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Helm reported that over 22,000 absentee ballots have already been mailed to county residents out of the over 63,000 registered voters. She also explained the steps that the county auditors and the Iowa Secretary of State were taking to make sure this would be a fair election in which every vote would be accurately counted.

During the meeting, Helm also revealed that neither the voters nor the election officials would be required to wear facial masks, though wearing them was certainly encouraged. The election will be held Nov. 3, but the absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2. If someone forgets to send in their absentee ballot, they may bring it with them on the day of the election in order to vote at that time.

Helm also explained the other functions of the auditor's office, including county payroll, property registration and recording of minutes for various governmental groups.

While the weather is nice, the Rotary Club meets in the shelter house in Dallas Center's Memorial Park. The 18 club members in attendance were socially distanced throughout the shelter house.

The 18 Dallas Center Rotary Club members in attendance on Oct. 6 were socially distanced throughout the shelter house in Dallas Center's Memorial Park.