Iowa primary voters will be asked for id as new law gets soft rollout the gazette data recovery ssd

The Secretary of State’s office in December 2017 sent the new Iowa Voter ID card to roughly 123,000 Iowans who were identified in state databases as not possessing a valid Iowa driver’s license. The cards were sent free of cost and without request. Those Iowans can use the state voter ID card to vote this year and in future elections.

Lawmakers this year added a provision that allows college students to submit electronic forms for proof of residence when registering to vote, including on Election Day. Critics raised concerns that Iowa students from out-of-state would have a difficult time obtaining the proper documentation in order to prove Iowa residence and vote here.

Samantha Bayne, a Drake University student from St. Louis, applauded the new provision and Pate’s office for working to help ensure college students are able to vote.


Bayne is the state director for the national Campus Election Engagement Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that educates college students and leaders about elections and voter requirements.

“Anything that makes it easier to vote is something I’m in support of and something (the project) would be in support of,” Bayne said. “This was exciting for us, because getting (the proper residency documentation) printed out is difficult and costs money for students.”

Iowa’s voter ID law is costing taxpayers money, it’s creating more government bureaucracy and it’s going to make Election Day a lot more confusing for both poll workers and voters,” Kander said in an email. “Secretary Pate decided to put his political party before Iowans when he personally proposed the law last year in an effort to help him win in 2018. That’s why Let America Vote is working to defeat politicians like Secretary Pate in Iowa and to help elect pro-democracy candidates in November.”

“This is really a test drive to see if enough students and voters in general are aware of the law and can accurately show their IDs,” Bayne said. “I think it’s important to do some research after the election, comparing turnout, realizing there are other factors, but also talking to voters and poll workers and gauging their experience on Election Day.”

“Sadly, there was a lot of misinformation put out during the whole political side of it,” Pate said. “The one thing we cannot let happen is for public opinion to go to the point of saying we don’t trust the system, we don’t believe the voting is legitimate. Because that’s I think what some of our enemies would like to see. …

“I do not want to get to a point where a voter would say, ‘That’s not my governor (or) that’s not my president because somebody was messing with the system.’ We cannot let that happen, and we won’t let that happen because we have a good combination of local, state and federal partners on this that we’re going to take it very seriously. It’s a security measure that you really want to embrace.”

Iowa voters in 2019 will be required to show identification at the polls to vote. The law is getting a soft rollout this year; voters will be asked to show identification, but if they are without proper identification they can sign an oath verifying their identity ands still vote.

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