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EIGHT WEEKS UNTIL PRIMARY ELECTION

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Only ten legislators have people running against them in the primary election on June 3, 2014.  Every day these legislators are in Des Moines at the Capitol is a day that their opponent has to knock on doors, make phone calls, raise money, and ask for votes.  While these ten legislators are very motivated to get home soon, that doesn't mean the other 140 legislators want to hang around the Capitol any longer than necessary.  They too want to get back home to talk to the people they represent, and help others running for office locally.

With the primary election only eight weeks away, now is the time to make sure you are registered to vote and make sure the information on your voter registration is accurate.  Here is some important information for those wanting to vote this year:

  • You must register if you want to vote.  You can check if you are registered to vote here, or you can call your county auditor. If you are already registered to vote, and your voter registration information is current, you do not need to re-register.

  • You have until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 to register to vote. If your voter registration forms are received by this date, your name will appear on the lists that election workers have at the polls on Election Day.  You can find registration forms and more information here.

  • You can register to vote at the polls on Election Day (June 3).  However, you will be required to show a photo ID and proof of residence, or must have another voter from your precinct sign forms saying you are who you say you are in order to vote.  If you choose to register to vote after the May 24 deadline, you might want to read more about what you will need to do here.

  • You can also vote by mail, but you will need to request your absentee ballot by Friday, May 30. Your request for an absentee ballot must be received by your county auditor by 5 p.m. on May 30 and your absentee ballot will need to be returned by mail.  Absentee ballots must be received by your county auditor by the end of Election Day to guarantee it will be counted.  Absentee ballots received after Election Day will only be counted if they are postmarked before Election Day.  We have learned that many post offices do not post-mark these postage-paid absentee ballots, so to be safe, do not wait until the last minute to send in your absentee ballots.  To learn more about voting by mail, click here or contact your county auditor.  Once you send in your absentee ballot, you can track its progress here.

  • You can vote early in person at your county auditor's office.  To find out more about your early voting options, contact your county auditor (a list is available at http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html).
  • You can always vote on Primary Election Day - polls are open from 7 am to 9 pm on Tuesday, June 3.  To find your polling location, click here.  Remember that the parties and candidates often offer rides to the polls for people that have transportation barriers.  Just contact a candidate that you support or your county Republican or Democratic Party to see if this is an option in your area.

  • Want to know who is on your Primary Election ballot? Remember that voters must be registered voters of either the Democratic or Republican Party to participate in the primary election. Voters can change their party affiliation anytime before Election Day or at their polling place on Election Day.  You can change your party affiliation back the next day if you want.  Click here to find out who is running in the Primary Eleciton.

  • Need more information? Contact ID Action to know more about your rights or help find answers to your voting questions - call us at 866-432-2846, visit us at www.idaction.org, or send us an email at http://www.idaction.org/contact_us/.