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Floyd County Special Election Vote Nears

Iowa’s new voting laws are in effect as voters look to cast ballots in this Tuesday’s special election on how supervisors are elected in Floyd County.

One new law closes polls at 8 p.m. for all elections, shortening the previous poll closing time of 9 p.m. County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Gloria Carr reminds voters that Iowa law requires a voter to vote in the precinct he or she resides in and polling places in all eight precincts in the county will be open Tuesday starting at 7 a.m.

Wherever you live in the county, in-person absentee voting at the courthouse in Charles City is available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Whether voting absentee or at the polls, voters they must provide proof of identity. 

Another new voting law now requires any absentee ballots that were mailed to voters must be received in the county auditor’s office by 8 p.m. on election day. Previously, absentee ballots were valid if postmarked before election day and received at the auditor’s office by the Monday following the election.

Tuesday’s special election puts three plans before voters on how Board of Supervisor members are elected in the county.  Currently, all three positions are elected at-large, which is listed as Plan 1 on the ballot.  Plan 2 calls for “at-large, but with equal-population residence requirements for the members.” Plan 3 calls for “from single member equal-population districts in which the electors of each district shall select one member who must reside in that district.”

Other important voting information from the Floyd County Auditor’s Office (call 641-257-6131 with questions):

*In person absentee voting is available on Thursday, July 29 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday, July 30 and Monday, August 2 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

*All eight polling places are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.  Per this last legislative session, polling hours will be the same, 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.  for all elections.  Previously polls closed at 9 p.m. for primary and general elections.

*With the exception of absentee voting, Iowa Law requires a voter to vote in the precinct where he/she resides.  Voters who vote absentee in person at the auditor’s office or who vote at the polls must provide proof of identity. Approved identification includes:  Iowa Driver’s License or Non-operator ID (either not expired more than 90 days), a US Passport, Military ID or Veteran ID (any of which are not expired), an Iowa Voter Identification Card (this card has a voter PIN # and must be signed), or a Tribal ID Card/Document (must be signed, with a photo, not expired).

*If a voter has moved to a different precinct, the voter must also provide proof of residence if their proof of identity does not contain voter’s current address.  Proof of residency must include name and current address and be current within 45 days and may be in an electronic format or on paper.  Allowable documents include a residential lease, utility bill (including a cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check, other government document, or property tax statement (current within 45 days of final payment date).

*Voters who reside in Floyd County but are not registered to vote may vote (in the auditor’s office prior to Election Day or at the polls) as an Election Day Registrant by providing proof of identity and residency.  Allowable identification documents must have a photo and current and valid expiration date and include an Iowa Driver’s License or Non-operator ID, out-of-state Driver’s License or Non-operator ID, US Passport, US Military ID or Veteran ID, ID card issued by employer, student ID issued by Iowa high school or college, Tribal ID card/document (must be signed, with photo, not expired).  If the above document does not include the voter’s current address, proof of residency must also be provided.  Proof of residency includes any of the same documents listed in the previous paragraph.

*Voters who are unable to show ID (or prove residence if required) may have their identities attested to by another registered voter who resides in the same precinct or have the right to cast a provisional ballot.  Attesters for an Election Day Registrant must also show ID.

*Absentee ballots that were mailed to voters must be received in the county auditor’s office by 8 p.m. on Election Day.  Previously ballots were valid if postmarked before Election Day and received by the Monday following the election.

*The only people who may return a voted absentee ballot other than the voter are:  1) Someone living in the voter’s household, 2) an immediate family member, 3) two precinct election officials who deliver a ballot to certain health care facilities, or 4) a “delivery agent” for voters unable to return a ballot due to blindness or other disability.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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