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How to vote

BY DI STAFF | 2015 EDITION

The 2016 elections are right around the corner, and it’s great to be in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus grounds. Don’t be surprised if presidential candidates decide to visit campus, because Iowa’s vote is a vital one in the primary and general elections.

Before the big day — Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016  — the Iowa caucuses will be held on Feb. 1, 2016(presumably). The caucuses are an Iowa tradition in which voters determine who they want as their respective party’s presidential nominee, in addition to different party bylines and other candidates to represent their party.

But first: make sure you are registered to vote. If you already have a registration card, it may not be in Johnson County, so make sure to have that up to date. If you choose to vote in your hometown, you can request an absentee ballot and mail in your vote.

To register you may:

Go to the Johnson Country website (johnson-county.com) to print out a registration form and either mail it to a county office or drop it off in person. The locations of these offices are listed on the website. 

After registering you will receive a voter card in the mail that will list your precinct, voting place, and legislative districts. 

If you are not registered within 10 days of Election Day, you may register at the polling place of your current address. The only thing you have to do is prove who you are and where you live, simply bringing your ID will work. 

The hard part is over. Once you are registered you can go to a polling place in Iowa City (many are on campus) and cast your ballot. A few typical polling places in town include:

The Campus Recreation & Wellness Center, the Main Library, and Quadrangle.

More information of polling places will be available as the 2016 elections get closer. These locations will correlate with your address/dorm. 

You can stay up to date with the political sphere in Iowa by going to dailyiowanepi.com.


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