Exactly four weeks from today is Election Day! Tuesday, November 6, will be here before you know it, so make sure you’re prepared before you go to the polls.
AM I REGISTERED TO VOTE?
In Iowa, you can register to vote up through Election Day. Check to make sure you are registered by visiting the Iowa Secretary of State’s website. There you’ll also find your precinct and voting location.
WHEN CAN I VOTE?
Some voters like to wait until Election Day, but there are actually many benefits to voting early! You won’t need to worry if you’ll be sick, you can avoid long lines, and you won’t receive any more phone calls from campaigns. Early voting began Monday, October 8, at county auditors’ offices, and absentee ballots were mailed out as well. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 5 and received at county auditor offices by noon on Tuesday, November 13, to be considered on time to be counted.
Other in-person voting options in your county can be found at https://iowavotesearly.com/.
WHO WILL BE ON MY BALLOT?
Each county auditor will have sample ballots. Some will have them on their website. Visit http://www.iowaauditors.org/, select your county from the dropdown menu, then click on the link to learn more about who you’ll see on your local ballot.
I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE JUDGES ON THE BALLOT. HELP!
Judicial reviews of all judges on the midterm ballot, including their biographies, are available here at https://www.iowabar.org/. The 2018 Judicial Performance Review results are provided by the Iowa Bar Association.
WHAT IF I HAVE AN ISSUE AT THE POLLING PLACE?
The ACLU of Iowa is a good resource when it comes to knowing your rights about voting in Iowa. Before you head to the polls, learn how you might resolve a problem by reading through some of the situations that could arise. And if you’re in central Iowa, join us October 19 at Crossroads to hear ACLU of Iowa Policy Director Daniel Zeno talk about voting rights.
No matter whether you vote absentee, early at your county auditor’s office, or on Election Day, the most important thing is that YOU VOTE. Your voice matters.