The House District 6 special election on Tuesday will be the first in the state under the provisions of the Election Modernization and Integrity Act. Throughout 2018, we are conducting a soft rollout of the voter ID provisions. That means voters will be asked to provide identification. However, if you do not have your ID, you will still be allowed to cast a regular ballot after signing an oath. You can also have another registered voter attest to your identity.

I want all eligible Iowans to participate in our elections. This law is about making it easy to vote, but hard to cheat. No eligible voter will be turned away.

Last month, my office mailed a Voter ID card to every registered voter in the state who did not possess an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator’s ID at that time. That process helped us ensure every voter has an ID to utilize when casting a ballot. Acceptable forms of ID at the polls include a valid Iowa driver’s license or non-operator’s ID, military ID, veterans ID, U.S. passport and a Voter ID card. If you have not received a Voter ID card and do not have a valid Iowa driver’s license or non-operator’s ID, please contact your county auditor’s office.

One year ago, I announced a plan that would enhance our elections technology, reduce the potential for human error and fraud, and ensure no eligible voter will be turned away from the polls. That’s what this law accomplishes.

If you live in House District 6, which includes Sioux City's Morningside neighborhood, Bronson, Salix, and Sergeant Bluff, it is important to make your voice heard and to be a voter on Tuesday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

My office has launched a new “Voter Ready” initiative to make sure Iowans are prepared for the 2018 elections. It's very simple: Register to vote, bring your ID, cast your ballot.

Election Day registration remains an option for you, as well. You will need to present a current photo ID and proof of residency to register at the polls.

My message to Iowa voters is: You’ve got this. It isn’t complicated. Iowans show their ID all the time, whether it’s at the bank, the checkout line at the grocery store, checking into a hotel, renting a car, boarding a plane and numerous other ways.

Iowa is one of the most accessible states in the country when it comes to voting and registering to vote. We are one of only seven states that offers Election Day voter registration, online voter registration, no fault absentee voting and early voting. We are one of only eight states that offers Election Day and online voter registration. Our early voting period is still among the top 10 longest in the nation.

It’s easy to register, easy to vote, but hard to cheat, and no eligible voter will be turned away. Be voter ready, Iowans. You've got this.

Paul Pate is Iowa secretary of state.


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