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January 15, 2013

Election Day registration information released

OSKALOOSA — Mahaska County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Susan L. Brown is asking that eligible voters in Mahaska County who have not yet registered or changed their Mahaska County address with her office consider doing so before the early voter registration deadline of Friday, Jan. 18, by 5 p.m.

In January 2008, Iowa law was adopted to allow eligible persons the right to register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day if they are able to provide proof of both their identity and residency at the polls. The best form of ID is a valid Iowa driver’s license with current address. If your license has an old address on it, you can use the license as proof of identity and use one of the following as proof of residence if it contains your name and current address: current residential lease, property tax statement, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government documents.

If you do not have an Iowa driver’s license, you can provide another ID as long as it contains your photo and is current, valid, and contains an expiration date.

If you do not have proof of residence and identity, a registered voter in your precinct may attest to the fact that you are who you say you are and that you live in the precinct you say you live in. You will both be required to sign an oath.

In the event that none of the above is possible, you will still be allowed to vote a provisional ballot at your polling site and provide the necessary documentation to the Auditor’s office in the days following the election.

The Auditor is requesting eligible voters still make every attempt to register by mail or in person at the Auditor’s office prior to the close of pre-registration at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. That will assure time for the Auditor’s office to complete the voter registration process and mail a Voter Registration Card to each registrant. That Voter Registration Card will indicate the location of the correct precinct. After Jan. 18, new registrations in Mahaska County, will be required to follow the same process as those registering on Election Day. Any Mahaska County voter who has not changed their address with the Auditor’s Office prior to the Jan. 18 deadline, will need to change their address at one of the vote centers for this election.

Persons that are already registered to vote at their current residence do not need to re-register to participate in this election.

Voter Registration forms can be obtained on line at www.sos.state.ia.us/elections, or at the Auditor’s office. Registrations should be mailed to Mahaska County Auditor, 106 S. First St., Oskaloosa, IA  52577. The Auditor’s office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Any questions concerning this process or about the Special Election can be answered by calling (641) 673-7148.

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