MASON CITY, Iowa- Bringing an ID to vote is something election officials in Cerro Gordo County have been encouraging for the last couple of years. Lloyd Vollmers, a volunteer himself, said it wasn’t a requirement, but it did make their job easier and allow them to be more accurate.
He said Cerro Gordo County was one of the first counties to roll the voter ID process out; then the state followed suit.
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said those who live in nursing homes are not required to have a license because local party officials are the once who handle the absentee ballots. He also said that those who are serving overseas have an extended voting periods.
“A majority of the voters are familiar with it already,” said Vollmers. “Some of the voters we just have to explain it to them and walk them through it.”
Pate says this year is just a soft roll out of the plan meaning if voters forget their ID’s they can still vote after filling out an affidavit.