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Yesterday MinistryofTruth put up a diary on Romney training for poll watchers. He linked to a ThinkProgress article on the training.

I want to clarify Iowa requirements for voter ID. Iowa has NO voter ID requirement under most circumstances.

Iowa DOES have same-day registration. To register, you must have ID. To vote, you don't need it. From the Secretary of State, here are the requirements for ID for same-day registration:

Proof of ID

If you do not have an Iowa driver’s license, you may use a photo ID that is current, valid, and contain an expiration date. The following are acceptable IDs:

    Iowa non-driver ID card
    Out-of-state driver's license or non-driver ID card
    U.S. passport
    U.S. military ID
    ID card issued by employer
    Student ID issued by Iowa high school or college

Proof of Residence

If your photo ID does not contain your current address, you may use another document to prove where you live if it contains your name and current address. The following are acceptable proofs of residence:

    Residential lease
    Utility bill (including a cell phone bill)
    Bank statement
    Government check or other government document


If you cannot prove who you are and where you live with the documents listed above, a registered voter from your precinct may attest for you. Both you and the attester will be required to sign an oath swearing the statements being made are true.

You may need to show identification if you have MOVED since registering.
If you moved within the county, you may also report a change of address on election day at the polling place for the address where you live. You may be asked to show identification which shows your name and current address. Acceptable forms of identification are:

    Current and valid photo ID
    Utility bill
    Bank statement
    Government check or other government document

Turn the Ballot Over and Vote YES to Retain Judges!

The Iowa State Bar Association urges all Iowa voters to turn the ballot over and vote YES to retain judges and justices. Here are a few of the Association's concerns:

There are a variety of reasons why you as an Iowan should vote YES to retain all 74 Iowa judges and justices up for retention this year. Below are three reasons. Click here for more.

1)  A “YES” vote helps keep politics and out-of-state money out of our courts

2)  A "YES" vote keeps our Iowa judges and justices accountable to the constitution, not to political pressure or popular opinion

3)  A "YES" vote helps ensure fair hearing regardless of financial status, gender, ethnic background or political affiliation or connections

This retention vote is not about whether you agree with the Varnum decision. Rather the question is whether the Iowa judge standing is competent, ethical and works hard to resolve the day-to-day legal issues of Iowans. Our Iowa judges and justices are competent, ethical, and work hard day in and day out for all Iowans. We urge you to turn your ballot over and vote YES to retain our Iowa judges and justices.

The Varnum decision, of course, is
a unanimous decision of the Iowa Supreme Court dated April 3, 2009, that held the state's limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples violated the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution. It established same-sex marriage in Iowa.
Out-of-state groups pushed a campaign to unseat the three justices up for retention in 2010.
All three were dismissed by Iowa voters on November 2, 2010, marking the first time an Iowa Supreme Court justice was not retained since the retention system was adopted for Iowa justices in 1962.


  • VOTE
  • Persuade friends, relatives, co-workers, and neighbors to vote
  • Persuade those who are not yet registered that they still CAN and SHOULD
  • Turn the ballot over and vote YES to retain judges and justices
  • Help your local OFA office with GOTV. Donate your time, energy, food, enthusiasm, smiles...

Originally posted to Jim & Melanie in IA on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 07:34 AM PDT.

Also republished by J Town.

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