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At long last, the General Election is next Tuesday, November 3.
Polls will be open that day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the following polling locations:
Athens precinct – Kellerton City Hall
Clinton* and Mount Ayr 2 precincts – First Christian Church in Mount Ayr
Mount Ayr 1 precinct – American Legion Building in Mount Ayr
Tingley precinct – Tingley Community Building
Union precinct – Ellston Community Building
Washington precinct – Diagonal Community Building
* Voters residing within the Clinton Precinct (Benton, Clinton, and Waubonsie Townships) will again vote at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, just as they did in the Primary Election.
All voters are required to provide an approved form of identification at the polling place before they may receive and cast a ballot. Voters who are not pre-registered or voters changing precincts must also provide proof of residence. For more information about voter ID, visit http://sos.iowa.gov/voterid or call 641-464-3239.
Iowa law allows eligible persons to register and vote at the polls on Election Day. An Election Day registrant must provide acceptable proof of identity and current residence in the precinct. Voters choosing this option should plan to take a few extra minutes for the transaction.
Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter’s union.
Any voter who is physically unable to enter a polling place has the right to vote in the voter’s vehicle.
Beyond the well publicized races for the U.S. President, Senator, and House seats, county residents will choose between incumbent Cecil Dolecheck and challenger Cindy Adcock to represent Iowa House District 24 as well as between incumbent Mark Costello and challenger Joey Norris to represent Iowa Senate District 12.
At the county level, supervisor candidates Colby Holmes and Steve Knapp, county auditor Amanda Waske, and county sheriff Rob Haley appear on the ballot as unopposed. However, challenger Landon White is running an active write-in campaign for the sheriff’s position.
Voters will also be asked to fill non-partisan offices such as Hospital Trustees, Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners, Agricultural Extension Council members, township trustees. and Sun Valley RIZ Zone board member.
Also appearing on the ballot are questions regarding the retention of Iowa Supreme Court justices and other judges as well as a public measure to open a Constitutional Convention.
A sample ballot naming all the candidates appeared in the October 15 Record-News and Diagonal Progress.