Iowa's new Voter ID law goes into effect

Published: Jan. 30, 2018 at 7:45 PM CST
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The first elections of 2018 happen next week. And voters are getting an idea of what they'll need to do at the polls with Iowa's new voter ID law.

People are now required to bring a form of identification like a driver's license to the polls. The state mailed voter ID cards to registered voters who are not in the state's DOT database.

The state auditor's office says this is still a "soft roll out" of the law. And it'll give voters a chance to get used to these changes.

"I'm done with the debate process, it's the law. We have to administer the election and it's moved on. I did my arguing last year,” Linn County Auditor Joel Miller said.

Miller previously said the new law requires unnecessary steps for voters. But, he says, there haven't been any issues with early voting.

"The good news is we had a satellite in Lisbon last week and 250 people voted and all but two brought driver’s license,” Miller said.

If people don't bring identification to the polls they can still vote, but only for this year. Instead, they'll have to sign an oath that promises they are who they say they are. It just might take a while for people to get used to the law.

“Our intention is to follow the voter id law that was passed by our party,” Chair of Linn County Republicans Justin Wasson.

Linn County Republicans will practice the changes at its upcoming precinct caucuses on Monday. They say it's a straightforward process.

"It's not like it’s a high degree expectation we're not asking you to pass some knowledge test this is just our way of insuring you are who you say you are,” Wasson said.

Republican lawmakers say the goal of the new law is to crack down on potential voter fraud.

Here in Linn County, the auditor says voter fraud rarely happens.

The first election in Linn County will take place on Tuesday.

The Lisbon School District is proposing a $9 million General Obligation Bond. If passed, the money would go renovating the high school and middle school. It would also construct a new auditorium and track.