Postcard mailed to eligible but unregistered voters


Kudos to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office for reaching out to Iowa citizens who have drivers licenses and IDs, but are not registered to vote – see below email from Kline!

I believe this idea evolved from a question by John Chiodo – Polk County Director of Elections, to the SoS during a meeting with county auditors several months ago.  It’s fantastic to witness a great idea being implemented and prevailing over politics in a hyper-partisan political environment!  Kudos to the idea generators and the implementors! Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

From: Kline, Ken [SOS] [Ken.Kline@sos.iowa.gov]
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2018 1:33 PM

County auditors and staff:

You will see below a 4” x 6” postcard that was mailed today to more than 300,000 persons who are eligible, but unregistered to vote.

The phone number is located in the SOS office, and was selected so as to lessen the burden to your offices with inquiries.  We have hired temporary staff to take phone calls and answer questions.

You may still receive calls from voters.  In the past two weeks we have had more than 10,000 people use the online voter registration system.  Some of these folks will receive a postcard and may wonder why, since they just registered.  This is simply due to the logistics and timing of processing records, and printing and mailing cards for such a large number of people.

Because each of these people have an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator ID, we have encouraged them to take advantage of the online VR system.

Please join us in encouraging people to register and vote.  We will plan to keep in contact with you as we go through and learn from this process.

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