Some Important Election Day Info

Some Important Election Day Info

Shawn Harmsen

11/6/2012

From The Tallahassee O blog, a good chunk of information:

VOTER INTIMIDATION IS A CRIME! 

FBI Voter Intimidation Hotline: 202-514-1888  | 1-800-253-3931

Carry “Camera Phones” to the polls with you!

The FBI encourages anyone with a complaint about voting discrimination to let them know what the problem is, where it is, and how it affects minority voters.  There are no special forms to use or procedures to follow–just call the FBI toll-free at (800) 253-3931, or write to them.

All mail to the Voting Section must have the full address listed below:

    Chief, Voting Section
    Civil Rights Division
    Room 7254 – NWB
    Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
    Washington, DC   20530

     Deliveries by overnight express service such as Airborne, DHL, Federal Express or UPS should be addressed to: 

    Chief, Voting Section
    Civil Rights Division
    Room 7254 – NWB
    Department of Justice
    1800 G St., N.W.
    Washington, DC  20006

Voting Rights Discrimination
1-800-253-3931
E-mail:  Voting.Section@usdoj.gov

IF YOU ARE IN JOHNSON COUNTY AND YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT HASN’T ARRIVED YET IN THE MAIL…GO VOTE AT YOUR REGULAR POLLING PLACE TODAY.  You will have to fill out what is called a “provisional” ballot.  There is a process you will have to go through, but It’s not a big deal.  Your vote WILL COUNT,  but it  won’t be counted on the day of the election (I think it will be counted next week).  The reality is this is projected to be a very close election, and it’s entirely possible we won’t know for sure who won on Election Night, and if it’s really close, those provisional ballots could very well make the difference in this election.

This is a real issue in Johnson County.  Apparently a bunch of  ballots mailed out on October 25th haven’t shown up yet in voters mailboxes. 

IF YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT HAS ARRIVED BUT YOU HAVEN’T MAILED IT OUT YET, BRING IT WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE AT YOUR REGULAR POLLING PLACE.  ABSENTEE BALLOTS IN THE MAIL HAD TO BE POSTMARKED BY NOVEMBER 5TH, SO MAILING THEM ON ELECTION WILL DO NO GOOD.  YOU NEED TO GO TO THE POLLS.

 

IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT NEEDING AN I.D., IN IOWA, IN ALMOST ALL CASES, YOU DO NOT NEED TO SHOW AN I.D. TO VOTE!!!!!  BEWARE: There are reports of the Romney campaign spreading misinformation that this is a requirement.

IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WHILE VOTING, ONE POSSIBLE SOURCE OF HELP IS: 1-855-VOTE-174

THE FOLLOWING MAY ALSO BE HELPFUL.

GET THE FACTS ABOUT WHEN I.D. IS AND ISN’T (MOSTLY IT ISN’T) NEEDED TO VOTE IN IOWA.

This is right off of the Johnson County Auditor’s website:

Do I need identification when I go to vote?

Most Iowa voters do not need to show ID when they vote.  There are exceptions:

  • If you are using the election day registration procedure.
  • If you plan to register or change your address at the polls on election day.
  • If you registered by mail and did not provide the correct identification number or documentation, your registration will be in “pending” status.  Once you have shown ID one time, the “pending” status is removed.
  • If mail has been returned to our office indicating that you have moved outside the county, your registration will be in “inactive” status.  Once you have shown ID one time, the “inactive” status is removed.

Note: While some agencies may accept a voter card as a secondary proof of address, a voter card is not a form of identification.

Poll workers may ask for your ID or voter card in order to speed processing, but this is NOT required.

And if you are registering same-day, this is right off the Secretary of State’s website:

Election Day Registration

You may register and vote on election day. To do so, you first must go to the correct polling place for your current address on election day.

If you are unsure of your polling place, Find Your Precinct/Polling Place.

At the polling place, you must prove both who you are and where you live. The best way to do this is with your valid Iowa driver’s license with your current address printed on it.

Proof of ID

If you do not have an Iowa driver’s license, you may use a photo ID that is current, valid, and contain an expiration date. The following are acceptable IDs:

  • Iowa non-driver ID card
  • Out-of-state driver’s license or non-driver ID card
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. military ID
  • ID card issued by employer
  • Student ID issued by Iowa high school or college

Proof of Residence

If your photo ID does not contain your current address, you may use another document to prove where you live if it contains your name and current address. The following are acceptable proofs of residence:

  • Residential lease
  • Utility bill (including a cell phone bill)
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check or other government document

Attester

If you cannot prove who you are and where you live with the documents listed above, a registered voter from your precinct may attest for you. Both you and the attester will be required to sign an oath swearing the statements being made are true.

Falsely attesting or being attested for is registration fraud. It is a class “D” felony and is punishable by a fine of up to $7,500 and up to 5 years in prison.

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