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Voter information guide for special election Aug. 8

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Aug 01, 2017

The special election to fill Iowa House District 82 is just around the corner, one week from today.

Here’s what you need to know about early voting and voter registration:

Voters can cast an early ballot during the Jefferson County Courthouse’s normal hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Though not normally open on Saturdays, the courthouse will be open for voting from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Polls on election day, Aug. 8, will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Friday, which can be done in the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office. The postmark deadline for absentee ballots is Monday and the last day the auditor’s office will receive them is Aug. 10.

If a voter has requested an absentee ballot and forgets to mail it by Monday or decides to vote in person, they must surrender their absentee ballot to election officials when they vote at the polls Aug. 8.

 

Voter registration

The deadline for voter pre-registration has passed. After the pre-registration deadline, voters must follow the rules for election day registration. To do that, one must go to the polling place that corresponds to their current address. The secretary of state’s website contains tools to help residents find their polling place.

At the polling place, a person must prove their identity and residency. The Secretary of State recommends using a valid Iowa driver’s license with one’s current address printed on it. If a person does not have a driver’s license, other photo IDs are acceptable such as:

• An Iowa non-driver ID card;

• Out-of-state driver’s license or ID card;

• U.S. passport;

• U.S. military ID;

• ID card issued by employer; or

• Student ID issued by Iowa high school or college.

If the photo ID does not contain one’s current address, another document may be used to prove that. Acceptable proofs of residence are:

•Residential lease;

•Utility bill, including a cell phone bill;

•Bank statement;

•Paycheck; or

•Government check or government document

If a person cannot prove who they are and where they live with the documents listed, a registered voter from that person’s precinct can attest to their identity.

Both the voter and the attester will be required to sign an oath swearing the statements made are true.

Falsely attesting or being attested for is registration fraud.

It is a class D felony and is punishable by a fine of up to $7,500 and up to five years in prison.

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