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Dubuque County Commissioner of Elections Denise Dolan has announced that polling places for the June 2 Primary election will be consolidated to combat the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of voters and election officials.

“We cannot postpone the election, so we are taking steps to limit the exposure for the county’s precinct election officials and the general public,” according to Dolan.

The usual 35 polling sites are being reduced to nine polling sites across all of Dubuque County. Due to limited election workers to work the polls, there may be lines at the polls. Voters should be prepared to wait in line.

Voters recently received a postcard notification of their election day polling site. Unfortunately, due to a database error, the initial mailing to voters in Precincts 5, 6, 7 and 8 included incorrect information. These voters will receive a second postcard with their correct voting location.

Rather than voting at the polls, voters are encouraged to stay safe and vote at home. All registered voters in Dubuque County received an absentee ballot request form and can receive a ballot in the mail and vote in the comfort of their home.

Request forms must be received by the Election Office by 5 p.m. May 22. All postage for returning the request form and ballot is pre-paid.

Voters can find out their voting site for the Primary election at: www.dubuquecounty.org/.