As anyone who has been subjected to the constant barrage of negative campaign ads dominating our airwaves, polluting our devices and filling our mailboxes already knows: Tuesday, Nov. 8, is Election Day. It might be tempting for battle-weary Quad Citians to simply hunker down and wait for the noise to stop on Wednesday. Those who […]
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As anyone who has been subjected to the constant barrage of negative campaign ads dominating our airwaves, polluting our devices and filling our mailboxes already knows: Tuesday, Nov. 8, is Election Day. It might be tempting for battle-weary Quad Citians to simply hunker down and wait for the noise to stop on Wednesday. Those who do, however, will miss a chance to make their voices heard in a high-stakes election that will select top Iowa and Illinois governors and constitutional officers, state senators and representatives, two U.S. senate seats and every member of Congress. Many Quad Cities voters also will find contested county races on their ballots Tuesday. For Illinois statewide voters, also hanging in the election balance is a proposed constitutional amendment that, if ratified, would make collective bargaining rights part of the Illinois Constitution. In addition to urging those who haven’t voted early to go to the polls Tuesday, election authorities are encouraging Quad Citians to make sure they go to the correct polling place. Many districts were changed during the recent legislative redistricting. So it’s a good idea to check first to be sure you’re in the right place on what authorities hope will be a busy election day. To make it easier to cast your ballot in person, Illinois and Iowa election authorities are stressing a list of things voters should be aware of before voting Tuesday. What Iowa voters should know: In Iowa, polls are open from 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. State law requires voters to vote in the polling place in the precinct where they live. Proof of residence may be required if updating your address on Election Day. If you have questions about where to vote, contact the county auditor or find your precinct online. Unlike Illinois voters, Iowans must bring valid identification to their polling places. Election officials are required to ask voters registered in the county to show one of these six valid forms of identification:
- Iowa Driver’s License (not expired more than 90 days).
- Iowa Non-Operator ID (not expired more than 90 days).
- U.S. Passport (unexpired).
- U.S. Military ID or Veteran ID (unexpired).
- Iowa Voter Identification Card (signed).
- Tribal ID Card/Document (signed, with photo, unexpired).
- Residential lease.
- Utility bill (including a cell phone bill).
- Bank statement.
- Government check or other government document.
- Property tax statement.
- A current and valid photo ID.
- Utility bill.
- Bank statement.
- Government check.
- Lease or contract for residence.
- Student ID and mail addressed to voter's residence.
- Government document.