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Election Day Registration

As of January 1, 2008, a person can register and vote on the same day.  A person must be able to prove their identity and residence, within the county.  A current and valid Driver’s License/Non-Operator ID will prove both identity and residency if the information is accurate.

Proving Identity

A current and valid photo ID is required to prove a person’s identity. The photo ID’s listed below are the only photo ID’s acceptable for use by persons wishing to register and vote on Election Day.  The photo ID must contain an expiration date and must not be expired.

Acceptable Photo Identifications

  • Iowa driver’s license/non-operator’s identification card
  • Out-of-state driver’s license/non-operator’s identification card
  • United States passport
  • United States military identification card
  • Employer issued identification card
  • Student identification card issued by an Iowa high school or college

When the ID indicates that it is non-expiring, it is considered unexpired and valid.  If the photo ID presented does not show the resident’s current address, the residency requirement has not been met and supporting documentation must be provided.

Proving Residency

The proofs of residency listed below are the only proofs of residency acceptable for use by person’s wishing to register and vote on Election Day. The proof of residency must contain both the person’s name and current address in the precinct.

Acceptable Proofs of Residency

  • A residential lease
  • A property tax statement
  • A utility bill
  • A bank statement
  • A paycheck
  • A government check
  • Other government document

If the voter cannot prove identity and residency, they may have a registered voter attest for them and be allowed to vote.  If the voter does not have anyone to attest for them, they can return home and get the necessary materials and come back to vote or they will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. The will have until noon the Thursday after the election to bring in appropriate documentation to the Auditor’s Office if they voted a provisional ballot.