Cerro Gordo County Auditor says primary went smooth with new voter verification law

Riley Dirksen

MASON CITY — Last week’s primary was the first statewide vote to use the state’s new voter verification law. Voters across Cerro Gordo County were asked to show a form of state-sanctioned identification as part of the “soft roll out” phase of the law. Voters who did not bring any of those approved forms of ID with them were able to sign a document, declaring they were who they said they were and their ballots counted.

County Auditor Riley Dirksen says despite a few minor discrepancies with the new law, the primary went smoothly. “We had just a couple of issues with that, questions, but we worked through them and got through it. The good news is that we only had one provisional ballot throughout the entire election, and after looking at the circumstances, we determined it’s going to count, which is great. So everyone who cast a ballot will have their ballot counted. It went really well, I was really pleased with the staff, everyone did well, and I think it went really smooth.”

Starting in 2019, Iowa voters who do not have an ID at their polling place will cast a provisional ballot and will be required to follow up with a visit to the county auditor’s office to show their ID so their ballot may be counted. Riley made his comments prior to the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors canvassing the primary election results at their meeting this morning.

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