This is just a reminder to voters of changes they will see in the election
process in 2018.
The changes are from legislation approved during the 2017 Iowa legislative session that
included voter identification (ID) requirements and changes to the absentee voting
Voters who will vote on Election Day at the polls or who want to vote absentee in person
will now have to show an ID. Voters who fail to show a proper ID in 2018 will be asked
to sign an oath verifying their identity. In 2019, the appropriate ID will be required, and
an oath will not be an option. A voter without ID in 2019 will be allowed to vote a
Valid forms of identification to vote in person include:
Iowa driver’s license
Iowa non-operator’s ID
Voter ID card
Voters requesting an absentee ballot, either in person or through a mailed request, will
have to provide a personal identification number (PIN). A space on the absentee ballot
request form is provided for a voter to enter their PIN.
That PIN will most likely be your Iowa driver’s license number or your Iowa nonoperator’s
ID number. If a voter does not have either of those, the voter should have been
sent a PIN in December from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.
Another change in absentee voting is the time allowed for voting. The new law has
reduced the number of days allowed for absentee voting. Domestic absentee voters now
have only 29 days to vote absentee. The first day to vote an absentee ballot in person or
have a ballot mailed out is Monday, May 7, 2018.
The new deadline to request a ballot to be mailed is now 11 days before a Primary and
General Election. For the 2018 Primary Election, the last day ballots will be mailed out is
Friday, May 25, 2018.
For more information, please contact the O’Brien County Auditor Office at 712-957-3225.