MASON CITY, Iowa - Election Day is only 18 days out, and we're taking a look at how officials are keeping your vote safe.
Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate visited with the county auditor's office and poll workers to make sure everyone was voter ready, and to do that, he outlined what the county and the state as a whole have been doing to strengthen the security of each and every voter.
Pate has recently been visiting with local officials across the state to talk about voter security for the upcoming election. He says that when the big day comes, each of the 99 counties have provisions in place. Pate emphasizes that when it comes to earning voter trust, the plan is to be as transparent and visible as possible.
"Test those ballots, they test their equipment. They keep them under seals and locks. Everywhere they go, there's at least one Republican, one Democrat to ensure people of a balance. Transparency, transparency, transparency, is what we do."
In addition, he adds that Cerro Gordo County has been on the leading edge when it comes to voter security, specifically noting the county's use of the Precinct Atlas system.
"That's a laptop with all the voter data in there so instead of having these clumsy big lists, where you're going through trying to find the voter's name and are they registered or if they voted absentee, it's all at your fingertips. It goes so much smoother and faster, and the accuracy is there. That kind of tool helps the voter have a better experience."
If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding the election process, Pate advises people to contact your local county auditor's office, or through the Secretary of State's website. In addition, Pate's office released a video regarding the state's policies on election security.