The voter ID law and you

Paul Pate, Secretary of State, went over acceptable forms of voter ID with visitors who stopped at the Pizza Ranch in Clarion on May 15. Photo by Kacey Ginn

Last year, Governor Branstad signed the Election Modernization and Integrity Act into law, more commonly called the voter ID law. Now, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is educating voters on what this means for them at the polls. On May 15, he stopped at the Pizza Ranch Clarion and spoke to a small group about the new law.

Pate said that contrary to rumor, the law does not require a photo ID, just one of several acceptable forms of identification. Out of current registrants, about 93 percent already have an acceptable ID—a driver’s license, non-operator card, passport, or military or veteran ID. Those 6-7 percent who don’t now receive a new, free voter ID card which includes an individual PIN. Iowans have already received 120,000 such IDs.

However, just for the June 5 primary, if you are a registered voter but don’t bring an ID to the polls, your vote will still be counted. You will have to sign an oath of identification in order to vote. For elections after the primary, you will have to have ID to vote, however.

To be ready on June 5, you can register now by visiting the auditor’s office in the Wright County Courthouse or by going to If you are registered and need an ID PIN card, but have not received one, visit or call the Wright County Auditor’s office at 532-2771.


For more information, see the May 24 edition of the Monitor.