What you need to vote in June 5 primary elections

This year only, you can take an oath if you forget your ID

Cedar Rapids residents vote early at the Public Service Center on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (Hannah Schroeder/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids residents vote early at the Public Service Center on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (Hannah Schroeder/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Preregistered voters must bring proof of identification, such as an Iowa’s driver’s license, when hitting the polls for the primary election on June 5, said Rebecca Stonawski, Linn County deputy commissioner of elections.

“Poll workers will ask to see an ID,” Stonawski said. “For those who forget their ID or those who refuse to show an ID, an “oath” will be available.”

The oath is for 2018 only, and it allows a registered voter to vote without an ID, she said. Next year, ID will be mandatory, she added.

Pending voters and voters changing precincts need both identification and proof of residency, such as a utility bill with the people address from the last 45 days. Those who are not registered to vote need identification and proof of residency.

A full list of acceptable IDs and requirements for people not registered can be found at

Voters additionally will be asked to verbally verify their birth date and residency,

“This is because addresses change, and a person may have moved since last updating their driver’s license for example,” she said. “If a voter feels uncomfortable speaking this information aloud, s/he can write down the information and give it to the poll worker.”

The situation may vary slightly by polling location. High turnout locations will have “KnowInk” iPad technology, which allows voters to scan their ID and have it visually inspected by a poll worker, she said. In lower turnout locations, laptops will be available for check-in.


The voter’s information will be recorded electronically by the poll worker, she said. Physical signatures from all voters will be required.

College students from out of state will need identification and proof of residency in Iowa.

A physical document is required for identification, such as an out-of-state driver’s license would be acceptable, but proof of residency can be in electronic or paper form.

If students have no proof of residency, the auditor’s office work with the colleges, Stonawski said. Those with specific questions can call 892-5300, option No. 1.

Voters must be registered as Democrat or Republican to participate in the primary. People can select a party or change party on Election Day without any additional documentation. The voter simply chooses the party they wish to vote, it will be recorded, and the person will be mailed an updated voter registration card after the election, Stonawski said. Party can be changed again the following day, she added.

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