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Governor Branstad and Secretary of State Schultz Declare September 25 Iowa Voter Registration DayPromotes Increased Awareness for Voter Registration & Election Registration Resources
(DES MOINES, Iowa)--Secretary of State Matt Schultz today joins fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in reminding citizens that September 2012 is National Voter Registration Month. Governor Branstad has proclaimed Tuesday, September 25 as Iowa Voter Registration Day, and Schultz is working to make eligible voters aware of registration procedures and requirements for the November 6 general election, as well as promoting state resources to help with the registration process.
Secretary of State Schultz commented, The November 6 general election is fast approaching. Iowa residents who are 18 years or older by election day, and a U.S. citizen, may register to vote at their county auditor's office. You may also visit our website at http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/voteapp.pdf to download a voter registration form to mail to your county auditor. Iowans also have the option of registering to vote on election day. A complete listing of county auditors, and other election information, including absentee ballot request forms, is available as well at www.sos.iowa.gov. You can even verify your registration status and track your absentee ballot status.”
The nation's secretaries of state established September as National Voter Registration Month to encourage voter participation and increase awareness of state requirements and deadlines for voting. Despite record-breaking registration and voter turnout levels in many states for the November 2008 presidential election, six million potential voters didn't cast a ballot because they missed a voter registration deadline or didn't know how to register to vote.
"Secretaries of state want to encourage eligible voters to register and make sure their registration information is up-to-date before deadlines pass," noted NASS President Ross J. Miller, who serves as Nevada Secretary of State. "If your information is outdated or incorrect, or if you aren't sure how to register to vote, there is time to get it straightened out with your state or local election office, so you can cast your vote easily in the November 6 presidential election."
Get registered to vote. Eligible citizens who are 18 years of age or older may register to vote. Every state except North Dakota has a registration requirement for voting. Ten states currently offer online voter registration: Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Eight states (Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Wyoming) plus the District of Columbia offer Election Day Registration. North Carolina also offers same-day registration during the state's early voting period.
Check your voter registration information. Forty-three states plus the District of Columbia offer tools that allow voters to verify their registration status using the Internet. Updating voter registration information is critical for people who have recently moved, changed their name, or had their voting rights restored under the law. It is also required for people who wish to switch their party affiliation.
In a concerted effort to remind eligible voters to register and/or update their voting information before deadlines pass, NASS has also declared September 25, 2012, as National Voter Registration Day. Forty-eight states plus the District of Columbia have voter registration deadlines in October.
For more information on voter registration and election information in Iowa, please visit www.sos.iowa.gov/elections.