Your Vote Counts

Your vote is important. Your vote counts.

Four things to know on Election Day:

  • Your Ballot, Your Vote
    Don't panic if your name is not on the list. Get help from a poll worker to make sure your vote is counted. You may be directed to another polling place or given a provisional ballot. You may still register on Election Day.
  • Bring Identification
    You will need to show one of the following IDs:  Iowa Driver's license or non operator ID card, U.S. passport or U.S. military or veteran's ID card.  If you are not registered or have moved without updating your address you may need to bring proof of you residence address such as a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check property tax statement, or other government document dated no more than 45 days before the election.  You can also use a residential lease whose term does not end more than 45 days before the election.  This documentation can be on either paper or via your smart phone, but must include your name and current residence.
  • Writing on The Wall
    Look at the signs at the polling place for direction on how to use the voting machines, a list of your voting rights, and instructions for filing a complaint if your rights have been violated.
  • When In Doubt, Ask
    Poll workers are there to help you. They'll show you how to work the machines and give you a provisional ballot if you need one.

As a voter, you have the responsibility to:

  • Vote in the polling place for the precinct where you live.
  • Respect the privacy and voting rights of others.
  • Treat election workers and other voters with courtesy and respect.
  • Have a form of identification with you when you go to the polls.
  • Read and follow instructions.
  • Ask for assistance if you need it.
  • Be informed about the candidates and issues on the ballot.
  • Follow all federal and state voting laws.
  • Review your ballot before casting it to ensure it is complete and correct.
  • Ask questions if you need further information about the voting process.

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Excerpts from League of Women Voter Things to Know on Election Day campaign, 2004.

Adapted from Source: Iowa Secretary of State's Office