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IOWA CITY — With the Nov. 2 election quickly approaching, the Johnson County Interfaith Coalition is hosting an event on Saturday with the candidates running for Iowa City Council.
All four candidates are expected to be at the event, which begins at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Kingdom Center, 611 Southgate Ave.
Three candidates are running for two at-large council seats — Mayor Bruce Teague; ACT senior manager Megan Alter; and Jason Glass, vice chairman of the city’s Human Rights Commission.
Shawn Harmsen is running unopposed for the District B seat, currently held by Susan Mims, who is not seeking re-election. At-large council member Mazahir Salih also is not seeking re-election.
All eligible voters can vote for the two at-large seats and the District B seat. Voters do not have to be residents of District B to vote in that race.
The event — “South District Voters Encouraged to Vote Truth to Power” — also will include Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert, who will discuss recent changes in Iowa’s voting laws.
The city council candidates will provide introductory statements and answer questions from the coalition. Afterward, they will be available to talk with voters.
Interpreters will be available in Spanish, French and Arabic, the news release said.
The Johnson County Auditor’s Office and League of Women Voters of Johnson County also will be registering voters and available to answer questions about voting.
COVID-19 vaccinations also will be available, and community organizations will provide information for formerly incarcerated individuals and on gun violence and affordable housing
A free sack lunch will be provided.
Start of early voting
Wednesday was the first day absentee ballots could be sent to voters who requested them and also marks the start of early voting.
Early voting runs until Nov. 1.
Drive-up early voting in Johnson County will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the parking ramp north of the Health and Human Services building, 855 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Drive-up voting also will be available Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Seven satellite voting locations will be set up:
- Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N. Madison St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18.
- Solon Community High School, 600 W. Fifth St., from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 22.
- Kingdom Apostolic Community Worship Center, 611 Southgate Ave., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24.
- Old Capitol Town Center, 201 S. Clinton St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26.
- North Liberty Community Library, 520 W. Cherry St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30.
- Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 30; and from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 31.
- Coralville Public Library, 1401 Fifth St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 31.
Voters may request absentee ballots until 5 p.m. Oct. 18. Under a state law change effective this year, county auditors can no longer directly mail absentee ballot request forms to voters.
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