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What You Need to Know for Election Day

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th and Iowans can expect a few changes at the polls this year.  Below is everything you need to know in order to make sure you ballot is counted and your voice is heard.

What You Need to Bring

If you are currently registered to vote in Iowa, you will be asked on Election Day to show a valid form of identification (ID) before casting a ballot.  If you do not have one of the five accepted forms of ID’s listed below, you will be allowed to sign an oath of identity and then cast your ballot.

The following types of ID are accepted:
-    Driver’s License or Non-operator ID
-    US Passport
-    Military or Veterans ID
-    State Issued voter ID card
-    Tribal Identification Card.

Polling Locations and Times

Precinct voting locations are open from 7a.m. to 9p.m. and, as long as voters are in line by 9p.m., they will be allowed to vote. Voters can find their polling locations by checking here: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx



It Isn’t Too Late to Register to Vote

Iowans who are not yet registered to vote can still register and vote on Election Day by taking advantage of Iowa’s Same Day Voter Registration process. A voter who wants to register on Election Day will need to show a proof of ID that is valid, current, and contains an expiration date. These include a driver’s license, out of state driver’s license or non-driver ID card, U.S. passport, U.S. military ID, Tribal ID, ID card issued by an employer, or student ID by an Iowa High School or college.

Along with proof of ID those wanting to register and vote on Election Day also have to show a proof of residence which include: a residential lease, utility or cell phone bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or government document.  

If a voter does not have either of these, they can have a registered voter in their precinct attest for them by both signing an oath.



Voting Early

For Iowans who may be out of town on Election Day or simply want to cast their vote early, they can vote on the Saturday and Monday before the election at their local county auditor’s office. There may also be a satellite voting location set up in their area. To find satellite voting locations as well as the address of their county auditor voters can look it up here: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/AuditorsList.html



Tracking Absentee

If you have an absentee ballot that still needs to be mailed in, it must be postmarked by the Monday, November 5. It is a good idea to turn it as soon as possible. You may also hand deliver it to your county auditor. If you have requested an absentee ballot but have not yet received it or want to confirm it was received by the county auditor, you can track your absentee ballot by checking the following link:
https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/absenteeballotstatus/search.aspx




Healthcare Issues Continue in Iowa

Every Iowan deserves access to affordable health care. Unfortunately, over the last few years Iowa’s health care system has gotten worse, not better.  
 
Since the GOP privatized Medicaid for 600,000 Iowans, too many Iowans have been denied care and Iowans with disabilities are struggling to get the care they need. Several Iowa health care providers are closing or reducing services due to low rates and denied payments from the for-profit private companies.

Uncertainty and inaction from federal and state leaders on health care the last two years has also left more Iowans without healthcare.  From 2016 to 2017, the number of uninsured Iowans nearly doubled from 3.9% to 7.2%, one of highest jumps in the country. Enrollment in Iowa’s health care marketplace dropped 38% from 75,000 in 2016 to just 46,000 this year.

Health care costs continue to rise for Iowans with private health insurance, typically through their employer. Private insurance costs went up annually 5% from 2001 to 2014 and the average annual family premium for employer-based health insurance rose 6% from 2013 to 2016.
 
Access to health care has also been reduced as GOP lawmakers closed down multiple family planning and health care clinics. The closures left over 14,600 Iowans without health care in their own community for services like, birth control, cancer screenings, and other women’s health services. In fact, a report released by the Department of Human Services (DHS) this month showed that there was a 73% decline of family planning usage due to the closing of these clinics.       

Last session, the Governor and Legislature passed Senate File 2349, which allows Iowans to purchase health benefits through Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA) plans or health benefit plans.  However, many Iowans are concerned that the new benefit plans are allowed to deny coverage to Iowans with pre-existing conditions and charge higher premiums to Iowans who get sick.

Local insurance agents, assisters, and certified application counselors are available to assist Iowans review insurance plans and determine which plan may best fit their needs. Iowans can find local help by visiting http://localhelp.HealthCare.gov or contacting the Iowa Insurance Division at (515) 281-5705.  

This healthcare crisis can only be solved by working together to develop bi-partisan solutions that makes Medicaid and health insurance accessible and reliable for all Iowans.  This means continuing to expand services in rural Iowa, reinstating the Medicaid Family Planning program, and ending Medicaid privatization. 


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