Your Vote Counts

Your Vote Counts

Your vote is important. Four things you need to know on Election Day.

  • Your Ballot, Your Vote
    Don't panic if your name is not on the list. Get help from a poll worker to make sure your vote is counted. You may be directed to another polling place or given a provisional ballot. You may still register on Election Day.
  • Bring Identification
    You may need to show an I.D. To be safe, bring your driver's license, or a paycheck, utility bill or government document that includes your name and street address.
  • Writing on The Wall
    Look at the signs at the polling place for direction on how to use the voting machines, a list of your voting rights, and instructions for filing a complaint if your rights have been violated.
  • When In Doubt, Ask
    Poll workers are there to help you. They'll show you how to work the machines and give you a provisional ballot if you need one.

Your vote counts. As a voter, you have the responsibility to:

  • Vote in the polling place for the precinct where you live.
  • Respect the privacy and voting rights of others.
  • Treat election workers and other voters with courtesy and respect.
  • Have a form of identification with you when you go to the polls.
  • Read and follow instructions.
  • Ask for assistance if you need it.
  • Be informed about the candidates and issues on the ballot.
  • Follow all federal and state voting laws.
  • Review your ballot before casting it to ensure it is complete and correct.
  • Ask questions if you need further information about the voting process.

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Excerpts from League of Women Voter Things to Know on Election Day campaign, 2004.

Adapted from Source: Iowa Secretary of State's Office

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