Voting moves to UP Home

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Voters whose polling place was previously the former Washington Public Library will now vote in the United Presbyterian Home?s Stewart Hall Chapel at 1203 E. Washington St. beginning with the Nov. 7 election.

During the candidate forum Thursday evening, Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said the polls will be located on the northeast corner of the building. He said parking is available there. He also said the polling place is located right across the street from Immanuel Lutheran Church. The polling place will serve voters from Wards 2 and 3.

?The old library will no longer serve as a polling place,? Widmer said. ?If you go to the former library you will see a sign saying you are in the wrong place.?

The remaining Washington voters will vote in the Washington County Courthouse. Widmer said maps of the precincts are available in the auditor?s office.

Widmer also said there have been election reforms approved by the Iowa Legislature. He said one of the big changes is voters need to present identification to vote. While the changes have not been implemented yet. Widmer said the auditor?s office will start asking people for identification. Widmer said voters are asked to bring identification to the polling place with them. He said that people this time who forget to bring identification will still get to vote. He said this is starting to get people into the mindset of providing identification.

Today, Oct. 27, is the deadline to preregister in person to vote. He said people can wait until election day to register, but he encourages people to register ahead of time to avoid a wait.

Friday, Nov. 3, is the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot. Widmer said the auditor?s office would be open until 5 p.m. that day. He said ballots being mailed in need to be postmarked no later than Nov. 3.

Widmer also said people can vote absentee at the courthouse. He said people need to vote no later than 11 a.m. Nov. 7. He said on Nov. 7 the polls will open at noon and close at 8 p.m. He said the auditor?s office can inform people who are unsure where they go to vote.