Some minor changes to Iowa election laws will go into effect July 1, while major changes to the election laws will be occurring in the next two years. Among the minor changes, voters not registered to vote in the precinct where they live will need to provide proof of residence, as well as identification, when they vote at the polling place. “This will be the last year that people vote for their school board in September. They vote for school board every two years in the odd years. In 2019, when voters vote for city council they will also be electing their school board. Which means everyone in the county in November 2019 whether rural or city will be able to cast a ballot,” Clay County Auditor Marjorie Pitts said. “If you live in a city you will have both city council and school board members on your ballot. To me this is a pretty significant change.”
Beginning in early December, the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office will mail Voter ID Cards to every registered voter who does not already possess an Iowa driver’s license or non-driver’s ID. This initial mailing will go to approximately 85,000 Iowans.
Voter ID will not be requested at the polls until Jan. 1. Anyone who does not have a current ID in 2018 can sign an oath attesting that they are an eligible voter in that precinct. The voter will then be provided with a ballot and be allowed to vote.