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Secretary Pate begins mailing Voter ID cards to registered voters
by Report submitted · December 14th, 2017


DES MOINES - Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced that his office began mailing Voter ID cards last week to registered voters in the state who do not possess a valid Iowa driver's license or non-driver's ID. The cards are free and will be sent automatically to 123,000 Iowans, roughly six percent of the state's registered voters.

"It should be easy to vote, but hard to cheat, and that's what this new law ensures," Secretary Pate said. "We are taking the unprecedented step of mailing free Voter ID cards automatically to every registered voter who does not already have an Iowa driver's license or non-driver's ID. Only those Iowans will receive these cards. I encourage them to be on the lookout for the Voter ID cards in the mail, and when they receive their card, open it, sign it and keep it."



Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who receives a Voter ID card?

A. The Secretary of State's office has identified approximately 120,000 registered voters who do not have a valid identification card issued from the Iowa DOT. These individuals will automatically receive a free voter ID card in the mail in mid-December. If you have a valid driver's license or a non-operator identification card from the Iowa DOT, you will not receive a Voter ID card and will only need to bring your current ID to the polls beginning January 2018.

Q. When will the Voter ID card be sent to me?

A. The Secretary of State's office will mail out Voter ID cards in mid-December. If you do not receive a card by late-December and you do not have a current ID from the Iowa DOT, you will need to contact your county auditor's office.

Q. Why did someone in my household get a Voter ID card but I didn't?

A. If you have a valid Iowa driver's license you will not receive a voter ID card. Only registered voters who do not currently have an Iowa driver's license or an Iowa non-driver identification card issued from the Iowa DOT will receive a Voter ID card.

Q. How do I get a Voter ID card?

A. If you have a valid Iowa driver's license you will not receive a Voter ID card. If you do not have a valid driver's license or non-driver ID issued from the Iowa DOT, you just need to register to vote with your county auditor to receive a voter ID card free and automatically.

Q. What if I lose my Voter ID card?

A. It is important to keep your Voter ID card. If you lose your card after receiving it in the mail, you need to contact your county auditor's office for a replacement card.

Q. What do I need to do with my Voter ID card?

A. It is important to keep your Voter ID card. Once you receive your Voter ID card in the mail, please check to make sure the information is accurate. Sign it. Then put it in your wallet for safe keeping until Election Day.

Q. When do voters have to start showing ID at the polls?

A. During calendar year 2018, voters will be asked to show their ID before voting at the polls. Anyone who does not have the necessary ID will be asked to sign an oath verifying their identity, and will be allowed to cast a regular ballot. No eligible voter will be turned away.



Beginning on January 1, 2019, Iowa voters will be required to show a driver's license, non-driver's ID, passport, military ID, veterans ID, or Voter ID Card at the polls before they vote. Voters without the necessary ID may use an attester, or they will be offered a provisional ballot and can provide ID up until the time of the county canvass of votes (Monday after election day for Primary and General Elections).
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