HOW TO VOTE GUIDE 2022
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th, 2022
There are three ways to vote in Johnson County Iowa. Make a plan to vote – and plan to vote the entire ballot. See specifics on candidates and the ballot measure at the end of this guide.
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VOTE IN PERSON ON ELECTION DAY
DATE AND TIME:
Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 / 7am – 8pm
Hours are 7am-8pm ***Note the earlier close!
Your employer is obligated to allow up to two hours time off with no cut in pay for you to get to your polling place to vote.
WHERE TO VOTE:
You must vote at the polling place that is located in the precinct where you live. Some precinct boundaries and polling places have changed. On election day, November 8th early voting at the Auditor’s office will be closed.
Here is a way to find out which precinct you live in, and where the polling place is. On the right, type in your address, and that information will be listed.
If you arrive at a polling place which is not in your correct precinct, do not vote a provisional ballot. That ballot cannot be counted. Go to the correct polling place for your precinct instead.
WHAT ARE THE VALID FORMS OF ID TO SHOW ON ELECTION DAY?:
A valid ID is required to vote in person. Check out the list of Iowa ID requirements for voting below.
- Iowa Driver’s License
- Iowa Non-Operator ID
- Iowa Voter Identification Card (with PIN number and signature line)
- U.S. Military ID or Veteran ID
- U.S. Passport
- Tribal ID Card/Document
Note that if you don’t have an Iowa driver’s license or ID, you can ask the County Auditor’s office for a voter identification card. The Johnson County Auditor’s office phone number is 319-356-6004. They are allowed to issue you a voter identification card through the mail. Only bother with this option if you don’t have an Iowa driver’s license or non operator ID. This option is available until the pre-registration deadline closes, through October 24th. If that deadline has passed, talk to the Auditor’s office about finding a valid form of ID.
If your ID does not show your current address, (and you do not have a pre-registration on file with your correct current address), you will be asked for proof of where you live. The proof must have your name, your address, and be valid within 45 days. The proof can be in electronic form, such as a cell phone bill on your phone. The following are valid forms of proof of address.
- Residential lease
- Utility bill, including a cell phone bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Other government document
- Property tax statement
If you cannot prove who you are or where you live with the documents on the official list, a registered voter from your precinct may attest for you. That person will have to show valid ID.
SHOULD I BE CONCERNED IF I AM NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE
Iowa has same day voter registration on election day. You have to go to the correct polling place for the address where you currently live, and ask to register and vote. You will have to prove that you live at your current address. On election day, you can only register at your polling place, and not at the Auditor’s office.
To find your polling place, go to this site: https://gis.johnsoncountyiowa.gov/pollingplaces/
I AM A FORMER FELON AND PLAN TO VOTE – WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Most former felons have had their voting rights restored in Iowa. You have to have completed your sentence and parole. This page has information on registering and voting. https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/restorerights.html
One practical suggestion is to bring a registered voter with you when registering to vote. Iowa uses an electronic database to determine who has had their voting rights restored, and like any automated system it can make mistakes. Moral support is important here.
MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS
Federal law provides for different rules for military and certain categories of overseas voters. Such voters can make an absentee ballot request by email, and even receive their ballot by email, but most people still have to print and physically mail their overseas ballots back to the Auditor’s office. Only people in the military or in places the State Department classifies as “Imminent Danger Areas” can return a ballot by email. There is assistance and information available at this website, or call the Auditor’s office at 319-356-6004.: https://www.fvap.gov/info/about-absentee-voting
Ballots mailed from overseas or from military bases must be postmarked by the day before the election (November 7th), and can arrive up until noon, the Monday after the election. Here’s the catch – be sure that your ballot gets a postmark with a date on it. In some cases you can ask that the envelope be “hand-cancelled,” to prove when the envelope was mailed.
I AM DISABLED AND/OR NEED ASSISTANCE VOTING – WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR VOTING
Your options include the following – this might not be a complete list:
- Use the drive-though early voting option run by the Auditor’s office. People there can assist you. See the times and location above, and review the information on what identification to bring.
- If you are in a care center or assisted living, call the Auditor’s office about what help might be available applying for and voting an absentee ballot. 319-356-6004.
- Vote absentee from home, but observe the cautions above concerning how tight the timelines are, and get your request for an absentee ballot in early. The deadline to apply for a ballot is October 24th.
- Drive up to the curb nearest your polling place on election day. Look for posted instructions on how to request that a bi-partisan team come out and help you vote. If you don’t see any instructions, call the Auditor’s office, which will ask a team to come out to your car. 319-356-6004.
- If you are at any polling place, there will be a touch screen system available as an alternative for marking your ballot. It prints out a ballot that is put in the ballot box with the other ballots. You may also request that someone help you mark your ballot. If you ask the poll workers to help you, they will have a bi-partisan team help you mark your ballot.
GET TO KNOW OUR JOHNSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
Did you know that our candidate for Congress in 2020 only lost by six votes? About 3,000 people in Johnson County voted, but didn’t vote in the Congressional race. We want to encourage voters to vote the entire ballot. Here is some information on our candidates. If you want to know what your new Iowa House and Iowa Senate districts are, go to this site and type in your address. https://iowa-legis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/instant/lookup/index.html?appid=d32118cf09ed47beacd12742c1cf3fb3
You may also download a sample ballot for your precinct, and you can also check which precinct you live in here: https://www.johnsoncountyiowa.gov/november-8-2022-general-election-sample-ballots
GET INFORMATION ON THE “strict scrutiny” CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON GUNS.
Moms Demand Action recommends voting “no” on the constitutional amendment, because it will block any chance for gun safety legislation. More information is here.