Yes. All 26 polling places in Cerro Gordo County meet federal and state requirements for accessibility.
Can a precinct official help me?
Yes. If a voter requests assistance from a precinct official to read or mark the ballot, two precinct officials (one of each political party) will assist the voter together.
Can I get assistance in marking my ballot?
Yes. Each polling place has a ballot-marking machine that meets federal accessibility standards and allows a person to vote privately. Alternatively, a voter may choose any other person to assist the voter, except the voter's employer, employer's agent, or an officer or agent of the voter's union.
How should I mark the ballot?
Fill in the voting target next to your choice, using a black pen.
I just want to vote for one office. Do I have to vote everything on the ballot?
No. It is your choice to vote all or any part of the ballot. It is your responsibility to review the entire ballot for offices and questions you wish to vote.
This is my first time voting. What do I need to do?
What does the Voter's Declaration of Eligibility form illustrate at the polls on Election Day?
You will need to sign the form, swearing or affirming that:
You are registered to vote in Cerro Gordo County
You live in the precinct where you are voting
You live at the address illustrated on the Voter's Declaration of Eligibility form
You have not and will not vote in any other precinct at this election
What if I can't easily get out of my car?
A voter who is physically unable to enter the polling place has the right to vote in the voter's vehicle. Two precinct officials will bring the voter's ballot, eligibility form, and secrecy folder to the voter.
What is the first step when I vote at the polls on Election Day?
Cerro Gordo County uses a computerized election register to validate each voter. Once a precinct official determines the voter is eligible to cast a ballot, the system will print a Voter's Declaration of Eligibility form.
What should I do if I make a mistake on my ballot?
Voters at polls on Election Day may request a new ballot from the precinct officials. Absentee voters may request a new ballot from the County Auditor's office.
What's next after I sign the Voter's Declaration of Eligibility form?
You will exchange the completed and signed Voter's Declaration of Eligibility form for a ballot and be directed to a voting booth to mark the ballot.
The final step will be for you to insert your voted ballot into the ballot scanner to be counted.
Why do they scan your driver's license at the polls on Election Day?
The computerized election register offers a voter the option of scanning a driver's license or registered voter card as a fast and more efficient check-in method, which reduces the potential for human error and streamlines the process.
Will I need to show identification at the polls on Election Day?
Beginning January 1, 2019, Iowa voters will be required to show one form of proof of identity (listed below) at the polls before they vote. Voters without the necessary ID will be offered a provisional ballot and can provide ID up until the time of the county canvass of votes.
Iowa Driver's License or Non-operator's ID
U.S. Military ID or Veteran's ID
Voter ID card
Tribal ID card/document
Don't have an ID?
If a registered voter does not have an Iowa driver's license or non-operator's ID, a voter card will be issued free of charge. Voter cards must be signed before going to the polls on Election Day.