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ID, oaths and polling locations: Where and how to vote in the Iowa City special election on Tuesday

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Voters cast their ballots at Horace Mann Elementary School in Iowa City on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. — photo by Zak Neumann

The special election to fill the vacant at-large seat on the Iowa City Council will be held on Tuesday. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters must go to their designated polling place to cast a ballot on Tuesday (in-person early voting for the election at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office ends at 5:30 p.m. on Monday). Anyone unsure of where to vote can finding the right location using the polling place look-up tool on the auditor’s website.

Any adult citizen who is a resident of Iowa City is eligible to vote in the election, provided they haven’t been stripped of their right to vote by a felony conviction or a judge’s order. It doesn’t matter if you’re not currently registered, because Iowa has allowed Election Day registration since 2008.

To register on Election Day, you’ll need a valid Iowa driver’s license or one of the following form of identification:

• Iowa non-driver ID card

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

• U.S. passport

• U.S. military ID

• ID card issued by employer

• Student ID issued by Iowa high school or college

• Tribal ID

If your photo ID doesn’t have your current address, you’ll need to bring one of the following proof of residence:

• Residential lease

• Utility bill (including a cell phone bill)

• Bank statement

• Paycheck

• Government check or other government document

Even if you don’t have an acceptable photo ID or proof of residence, you may still register to vote, provided you can persuade a friend who is already registered to vote to vouch for you. The ID-deficient person and the registered voter will both have to sign oaths, attesting to the identity and home address of the ID-deficient person.

If you’ve moved since the last time you’ve voted and you haven’t yet updated your voter registration with your new address, you can do that at your new polling place on Election Day. To update the address, you’ll need one of the photo IDs listed above. It’s OK if the ID has your old address, although if you’ve moved into a new voting precinct, you’ll also need one of the proofs of residence listed above.

Even registered voters with up-to-date address information will need ID, thanks to the 2017 Iowa legislature joining the nationwide trend of Republican-dominated state legislatures imposing new restrictions on voting. The following IDs are acceptable, according to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office:

• Iowa Driver’s License

• Iowa Non-Operator’s ID

• Military ID

• U.S. Passport

• Tribal ID

• Veteran’s ID

• Voter ID Card

Registered voters without ID will still be able to vote in elections in 2018, if they sign an oath attesting to their identity. The oath option ends on Jan. 1, 2019, after that anyone who doesn’t produce an approved form of ID won’t be able to vote on Election Day.

Voters in the special election will choose between candidates Ann Freerks and Bruce Teague for Iowa City Council.


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