Early voting begins Wednesday in Iowa for the Nov. 8 general election, in which Iowans will make their choices in races that include governor and U.S. senator.

Iowans who want to vote by mail in this year’s election have until 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 to request their ballot. This shorter application window is one of multiple changes to Iowa’s voting rules Governor Kim Reynolds has signed into law in recent years. This law also changed the rules on how to return absentee ballots in person and by mail, and the cut-off time by which ballots received will be counted.

Robin Opsahl is an Iowa Capital Dispatch reporter covering state legislature and politics. Robin has experience covering government, elections and more at media organizations such as Roll Call, the Sacramento Bee and the Wausau Daily Herald, in addition to working on multimedia projects, newsletters and visualizations. They were a political reporter for the Des Moines Register covering the Iowa caucuses leading up to the 2020 presidential election, assisting with the Register’s Iowa poll, and reporting on Iowa’s 4th District elections. This article appeared on October 19 on the Iowa Capital Dispatch website and is used under a Creative Commons license.