REGIONAL—Iowa secretary of state Paul Pate has announced plans to mail an absentee ballot request form to every active registered Iowa voter ahead of the June 2 primary.

Iowans are encouraged to vote by mail to reduce the risk of spread of the coronavirus.

County auditors will begin mailing ballots April 23 and will include a prepaid postage for return mailing.

Iowans may request absentee ballots through May 22.

The form also can be downloaded at sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/absenteeballotapp.pdf.

A voter registration form is available at sos.iowa.gov/registertovote.

Polling sites will be open for the primary, but many will be combined with other precincts.

Voters should check with their county auditor before going to the polls.

Curbside voting is an option for Iowans with disabilities and those at risk for COVID-19.