Election Day

Election Day may pose questions for regular and first time voters alike. Information found in these pages may help answer your questions about Election Day in Scott County.

Voting on Election Day:

  1. On Election Day, go to your polling place.
  2. Election officials are here to help you.
  3. Begin at the sign-in table or election official station.
    • An election official will ask you to state your name or scan your ID.  Next, the official will ask you what your address is. Then the official will ask for your name and date of birth.  Election officials ask these questions to ensure that you are at the correct location and to ensure that they have selected the correct voter in the voter roster.
    • Next the official will ask to see your driver's license or other form of identification.
    • Present your identification card to the election officials.  Only one of the following cards is acceptable per Iowa law:  Iowa driver's license, Iowa non-operator's ID card, Iowa Voter Identification card (provided to Iowa voters who do not have either an Iowa driver's license or non-operator ID card), U.S. passport, U.S. military or Veteran's ID card.
    • If you are pre-registered, your name will be listed on the voter roll.
    • If your name is not listed, you will need to register to vote. [ Election Day registration rules ]
    • If your address is not listed in the voter roll for your precinct you may need to update your voting address.
    • After checking in you will need to sign a Declaration of Eligibility to Vote.  Please review the form to insure it has your correct name and address listed and then sign the form.
  4. After reviewing and signing the form give it to the election official in charge of ballots.  This official will give you a ballot.  [ See sample ballots ]
  5. Take ballot to the optical scan machine.
    • Insert ballot into machine.
    • If there is a problem with your ballot, it will be ejected. An election official will assist you.
    • A successful ballot will be accepted by the machine.
  6. You're done.
    • Pick up your complimentary "I Voted" sticker.
    • Thank you for voting.

Please don't hesitate to ask an election official for help or assistance. They are there to help you. If you are not sure you are pre-registered to vote, bring your driver's license, or a paycheck, utility bill or government document that includes your name and street address.

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Adapted from Source: Iowa Secretary of State's Office