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In America, our responsibility as citizens is to vote. Your state government’s responsibility is to protect that vote. How is your state doing on holding up its end of the bargain?

 

 SAFEGUARD A: PROOF OF RESIDENCY 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD B: ID + SIGNATURE VERIFICATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD C: VERIFIED REGISTRATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 IS MAIL-IN VOTING IN PLACE? 

NO

Election Day

PROBLEM: During Iowa’s June 2 state primary, county auditors decreased the number of polling places and the Secretary of State mailed every voter an absentee ballot application.

  • In Woodbury County, the auditor reduced the number of polling places from 44 to two, leading to a lawsuit from former Republican lawmaker Rick Bertrand that cutting polling places created unnecessary barriers to voting
     

  • No decisions have been made for November’s election.

  • Subsequently, the Iowa legislature heard an amendment to House Bill 2486 that would make it illegal to cut polling places by more than 35% and would prohibit the Secretary of State from sending out absentee ballot applications to voters who had not requested them

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUt iowa

WHERE CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE?

WHERE CAN I FIND MY POLLING PLACE?

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS CAST VOTES BY MAIL IN 2016 & 2018?

2016: 11%     2018: 24%

IS THE VOTING SYSTEM SET UP FOR ABSENTEE OR MAIL-IN VOTING?

Absentee voting: Voters complete an absentee ballot request form and return it to their Elections Office before they are sent a ballot

CAN I REQUEST AND SUBMIT AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR ANY REASON?

YES

HOW DO OFFICIALS VERIFY THE LEGITIMACY OF MY BALLOT APPLICATION?

  • Signature compared against record

  • Compare the requestor’s address on record to ballot application

IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY BALLOT,

WILL OFFICIALS CALL ME TO CORRECT IT?

Yes – Voters can reapply or vote provisionally at their polling place

WHEN IS MY MAILED BALLOT DUE?

Ballots due by Election Day

IS THERE AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD?

Yes – Begins 30 days before and ends 1 day before Election Day** In June 2020, extended to a 40-day early voting period

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

You can find more information by clicking here

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IT'S HAPPENING
& THE ISSUES ARE REAL

See news stories and editorials that illustrate why mail-in voting results in lost votes and lost rights.

FEWER POLLING STATIONS & longer lines

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Hundreds of people waited for hours at three in-person voting sites in the Las Vegas area, and the only one in Reno, after polling places were reduced due to the coronavirus.

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harvesting

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Duplicate Registrations

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California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes

post office problems

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Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.

Inaccurate
Voter Rolls

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The Tims were surprised, and a bit amused when they saw what Cody received in the mail. "We have a voter registration application for Cody Tims! How did this happen? It's not reality, he's a cat and he's been dead for a long time," said Carol Tims.

ballots tossed for a simple mistake

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Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.

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