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Iowa City and Cedar Rapids will offer free bus rides on Election Day

Bus rides in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids will be free all day on Election Day, as both cities try to make getting to the polls easier for voters. These well-intentioned efforts, however, highlight the limitations of both cities’ public transit systems. Polls will be open statewide for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, […]

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

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.

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Iowa Secretary of State says he’s not trying to undermine a judge’s ruling on voter ID

On Friday, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate issued a statement explaining his office was not encouraging county-level election officials to ignore a court order suspending parts of Iowa’s 2017 voter ID law. The statement was necessary, because on Thursday a top elections official from the Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) told a meeting of […]

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Absentee ballot request forms for the November election now available

As of Monday, the November general election is only 120 days away, which means people can now request absentee ballots from their county auditor’s office. The requested ballots will be mailed to voters starting on Monday, Oct. 8. The November election will be the first one for which the state’s new voter ID law is […]

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Three public hearings in Des Moines Monday on controversial legislation

The Iowa Legislature will hold three public hearings in Des Moines on Monday to discuss legislation that would impact independent water utilities (namely the Des Moines Water Works), preempt county minimum wage ordinances and create new election regulations, including voter ID. Individuals can sign up to speak or leave a comment by visiting the legislature’s […]

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Op-Ed: Showing Up for Racial Justice opposes unnecessary, discriminatory voter ID laws

A voter ID law and other election-related bills put forward by Republican lawmakers pose a major threat to Iowans’ voting rights. Voter ID requirements, restrictions on identification documents, eliminating same-day registration and curtailing early voting opportunities would make it harder for Iowans to cast their ballots. As an organization committed to equal rights and racial […]

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Letter to the Editor: Proposed voter ID measures cost money, time

By Cindy Altmaier Riley I love Iowa! Did you know that over 70 percent of Iowans registered to vote turned out in the recent election? As Iowans we should be proud of this; voting is part of who we are as a state. That said, I have to admit that the Iowa election process could […]

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Secretary of State proposal would require voter IDs in name of election integrity

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate proposed legislation yesterday that he said would work to ensure the integrity of Iowa’s elections by requiring things like voter ID at polling places and creating an electronic poll book for every Iowa precinct, with voters scanning state-issued IDs or voter registration cards when checking in to polling places. […]

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