Will requiring a Voter ID to vote increase voter turnout in Iowa’s future elections?


Yesterday, the Iowa Senate approved HF516 with several amendments.  So now it goes back to the House and/or a conference committee comprised of House & Senate members for consideration.

What do you think?

One of the Senate’s amendments included a provision to rotate names on the ballots between each precinct.  It was not debated by the Senate and we are not certain our voting system can create a ballot that conforms to the proposed law.

Here is what we believe a rotation for supervisor might look like under the proposed law:

Supervisor-at-Large – Pct 1
Republican A
Republican B
Republican C
Democrat A
Democrat B
Democrat C
Libertarian A
Libertarian B
Green A
Green B
Supervisor-at-large – Pct 2
Democrat B
Democrat C
Democrat A
Republican B
Republican C
Republican A
Libertarian B
Libertarian A
Green B
Green A
Supervisor-at-large – Pct 3
Republican C
Republican A
Republican B
Democrat C
Democrat A
Democrat B
Libertarian A
Libertarian B
Green A
Green B

By Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

Update (5:53pm – 3/24/2017):  Per Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, our newly purchased (2016) voting system cannot create the ballot rotation proposed in HF516.

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