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Pate urges Iowans not to fall for election misinformation and disinformation

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is urging Iowans not to fall victim to election misinformation and disinformation. Instead, voters should turn to trusted sources for election information, the people that run elections in Iowa: the Secretary of State and county auditors.

Pate updated the Myth vs. Fact section of his Election Security in Iowa webpage Friday morning with several more entries. A reported case of election disinformation happened in Iowa earlier this week. A voter in Mahaska County who had requested an absentee ballot reported receiving a call from an out-of-state number falsely telling him he could register his ballot over the phone and there is no need to return it to the county auditor's office. The Mahaska County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

"That is a clear case of election disinformation, where someone is purposefully trying to mislead Iowa voters," Pate said in a news release. "We have a great record of clean, fair elections in Iowa and election officials across the state are pushing back on this nonsense."

Last week, Pate and his bipartisan Auditors Advisory Group released a joint media release about their united effort to dispel election misinformation and disinformation.

If you have any questions about how to cast your ballot and ensure your vote counts, visit or your county auditor's website. If you see or hear of something suspicious related to elections, call the Iowa Secretary of State at 1-888-SOS-VOTE.

Iowans can request absentee ballots for the upcoming November election right now. County auditors will beging mailing absentee ballots to those that requested them starting Oct. 19.