Iowans with Disabilities in Action

2018 Primary Election Guide

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in all precincts on June 5, 2018.

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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

DO I NEED TO REGISTER TO VOTE?

NEW! DO I NEED TO BRING A VALID FORM OF ID TO THE POLLS?

I CAN’T LEAVE MY HOME. CAN I STILL VOTE?

CAN SOMEONE BRING THE BALLOT TO MY CAR?

I HAVE A GUARDIAN. CAN I STILL VOTE?

CAN SOMEONE HELP ME FILL OUT MY BALLOT?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 




 

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Friday, March 16

Monday, May 21

Friday, May 25

Saturday, June 2

Monday, June 4


Tuesday, June 5

Candidate filing ends for state and federal offices

Worry-free postmark deadline for mail-in voter registration forms

Voter pre-registration deadline & deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail Auditor's office open until 5pm for voter registration

Auditor’s office open at least eight hours for absentee voting

Last day to vote in-person by absentee ballot at county auditor's office Absentee ballots must be postmarked by this date and received by noon on Monday, June 11 to be considered on time to be counted.

Election Day - Polls open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voting at the polls can present a unique set of challenges to people with disabilities. It is the intent of federal law to ensure that voters with disabilities are fully able to exercise their voting rights at the polls.

If you or a family member need special assistance to vote, you have the right to an accessible voting location, accessible voting equipment and to receive assistance in casting your ballot.

Review the following information on ways you or a family member in need of assistance can vote.


DO I NEED TO REGISTER TO VOTE? YES.

To vote in Iowa, you must be registered to vote. To qualify to register to vote, you must be a US citizen, an Iowa resident, and 18 years old by election day.

You cannot vote in Iowa if you are a convicted felon, are judged to be mentally incompetent to vote by a court, or claim the right to vote in any other place.

Register to Vote Online


NEW THIS YEAR!
 DO I NEED TO BRING A VALID FORM OF ID TO THE POLLS?
 YES and NO

During calendar year 2018 voters will be asked to show their ID before voting at the polls. Anyone who does not have the necessary ID will be asked to sign an oath verifying their identity, and will be allowed to cast a regular ballot.

Beginning January 1, 2019 Iowa voters will be required to show a driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, passport, military ID, veterans ID, or Voter ID Card at the polls before they vote. Voters without the necessary ID will be offered a provisional ballot and can provide ID up until the time of the county canvass of votes (Monday after election day for Primary and General Elections).

Any registered voter who does not have valid driver's license or non-operators ID issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation will be issued a Voter ID Card for free, automatically, in the mail.


I CAN’T LEAVE MY HOME. CAN I STILL VOTE? YES.

Any registered voter in Iowa may request an absentee ballot through their county auditor.

NEW THIS YEAR! Beginning January 1, 2018, voters requesting absentee ballots will be required to include their driver’s license/non-driver’s ID numbers on their request form. Voters receiving the Voter ID Card will be required to include their card’s four-digit PIN number on the absentee ballot request form.

 


CAN SOMEONE BRING THE BALLOT TO MY CAR?
 YES.

If you are unable to enter the building where the polling place is located because of disability, two precinct election officials, one from each party, will take a ballot and election supplies outside to the voter. The voter may then mark the ballot in the voter’s vehicle. The voter must sign the Affidavit of Voter Requesting Assistance. It is not required, but would be helpful to contact the county auditor’s office, to let them know that you will be voting curbside.


I HAVE A GUARDIAN. CAN I STILL VOTE? YES.

You can still vote, unless a judge has specifically said in a court ruling that you may not vote.


CAN SOMEONE HELP ME FILL OUT MY BALLOT? YES.

You may request assistance for marking or casting a ballot by choosing any person to assist you, except your employer, employer’s agent or an office/agent of your union.

Voters may also request assistance from a precinct election official. Two precinct officials, one from each political party, will assist. If a person other than the precinct official assists the voter, the person assisting the voter must sign the Affidavit of Voter Requesting Assistance.

Each polling place has a voter assist terminal. This device is available for any voter. To mark their ballots, voters use features on the machine such as a touch screen, an audio component and/or a sip and puff element to select their candidate. The device will then mark their ballot according to their selections. There are four different machines approved in Iowa. County auditors chose which machine they want to use. Find out which machine your county uses here: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/covotesystem.pdf

   
Unisyn Ovi Voter Instructional Video ES&S Expressvote Voter Instructional Video 
   
Dominion Imagecast Voter Instructional Video Automark Voter Instructional Video

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Veterans with Disabilities Voting Assistance
Brochure Individuals with Disabilities Voting Assistance Brochure

Primary Election 2018 SOS Webpage
Voting with Disabilities SOS Webpage 
Voter ID FAQ SOS Webpage 

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in all precincts on June 5, 2018.

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