Voter ID and Election Law Changes
August 29, 2019
Voter ID Requirements Effective in 2019
- Voters will be required to show an approved ID:
- Current Iowa Driver's License or Non-Operators ID
- Current U.S. Passport
- Current U.S. Military ID
- U.S. Veteran's ID
- Tribal ID
- Voter ID Card (New Voter ID card has been automatically mailed to all voters who do not have an Iowa Driver's License or Non-Operators ID).
- Additional Options:
Voters may provide separate proof of identity and proof of residence (Election Day Registration Document) or have an Attester
- Voters without the necessary ID 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).
- Voters are no longer allowed to sign an additional oath of identification when failing to provide an approved form of ID.
Major Election Law Changes Effective Prior to 2019
- Registering to vote on Election Day (or after the Pre-registration deadline).
- Prove your identity with a current photo ID that has an expiration date on it.
- Prove where you live with a bill or documents dated within the last 45 days.
- Voters who are pre-registered but moving within the county on Election Day must now provide both proof of identity and proof of residency.
- Voting in person before Election Day:
- Will begin 29 days before the Election and continue up through the day before Election Day.
- Requesting an Absentee ballot to be sent by mail:
- Requests may be submitted no more than 120 days before an election.
- Requests must be submitted by 5pm on the pre-registration deadline (10 days before general elections or 11 days before other elections).
- Absentee ballots will be mailed out between 29 and 10 days before an election.
- Returned absentee ballots must still be postmarked on the day before the election.
Other Election Law Changes Effective January 1, 2019
- 17-yr olds will be eligible to register to vote and even vote in primary elections so long as they are 18 on or before the date of the General Election.
- School and City elections will be combined into one election in November.
For more information, visit the Iowa Secretary of State's website.
July 21, 2020
March 26, 2020
Here is a list of Federal/State Candidates for the Primary Election on June 2, 2020.
March 26, 2020
Here is the complete list of who has filed for the upcoming Primary Election in Benton County.
March 24, 2020
October 25, 2019
Deadline for City/School Election
October 8, 2019
Absentee Voting Ballots Ready for City/School Election
September 23, 2019
View the list of candidates who have filed papers to place their names on the November 5, 2019, City/School election ballot.
August 29, 2019
Benton County voters will soon have a user-friendly website to find all of their election information.
August 26, 2019
Nomination Process for Combined City/School Election Begins August 26.
August 21, 2019
PUBLIC NOTICE is given that a Special School Election of the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.