Electronic Voter Registration Now Available In Iowa, 24/7
Date posted - January 6, 2016
That’s Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate. “Electronic registration” went live on January 1st and, so far, about 200 people have used this new online method. It’s located on the Iowa D-O-T’s website and the Iowa Secretary of State’s website has a link to it as well.
Some of the people who’re planning to participate in the February 1st Iowa Caucuses may choose this quick, online tool to either register to vote for the first time — or to update other information.
For years, Iowans have been able to register to vote when they renew their drivers license and the D-O-T has been cross-checking government lists to ensure the person is a legal voter. Mark Lowe of the Iowa D-O-T says after his agency launched its online drivers license renewal process, it developed this new online voter registration system.
It appears no other state has this kind of 24/7 website that immediately confirms a voter has successfully completed the registration process.
O’Brien County Auditor Barb Rowher says Iowans can now register to vote online, but unlike the old way to register, you will need some form of ID.
She says the site also requires some security information to which only the voter would have access.
She says they haven’t had anyone from O’Brien County use the new service yet, but they expect that to happen soon.
Iowans can still register to vote at a government office or through the mail. Iowa law also allows people to register on Election Day or at their precinct on Caucus Night.