Today’s the start of something new – maybe. Maybe not.

One thing’s for sure, by the time voting wraps up on the evening of November 6th and the last votes are counted (sometime around mid-November), the political landscape of our county, state and nation will have changed yet again.

For some, this is really upsetting. Change can be hard to take. Especially if you’re not ready for it.

Especially if you’re not in control of it.

But, you see, that’s the great irony to all of this. We are, in fact, in control of the amount of change our elected officials bring on our communities. We have the ultimate power.

We can vote.

Riverdale residents can count ourselves fortunate for living in Scott County, where we have a strong, bi-partisan interest in making sure elections are free, fair and accessible. Our County Auditor, Roxanna Moritz, provides a lot of essential voter information on the County’s website (click here to open it in a new browser window).

Here are some important things to keep in mind (courtesy of the Scott County Auditor’s Office):

EARLY VOTING

If you’re going to vote before November 6th (and a lot of people – including yours truly – do), keep in mind that the polls officially open October 9th (today) at the Assessor’s office in downtown Davenport and at other, satellite locations starting Wednesday, October 10th (click here for a full list).

The most convenient places for Riverdale residents to vote early are probably Scott Community College (tomorrow only from 10am to 4pm) and the Bettendorf Public Library starting Monday, October 15th and running through Saturday, November 3rd).  Not all early voting stations are open during the same times. So, voting early might mean taking off a little early from work or over an extended lunch hour, to make sure your vote gets cast.

Once you’ve figured out where to vote, you might want to make sure your voter registration is valid. Fortunately, that’s easy to do online (click here).

Have more questions about early voting? Here’s a link to the page on the County Auditor’s website that provides all the answers.

ELECTION DAY VOTING

The voting laws in Iowa have changed since the last general election. The Iowa legislature enacted a law making it mandatory that a person present an ID when voting on Election Day. So be sure to bring one of the authorized ID’s:

  • US Passport
  • US Military ID
  • Veteran’s ID
  • Iowa Driver’s License
  • Iowa Non-Operator ID Card
    (For voters without an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator ID, you can receive a special voter registration ID which is received in the mail and must be signed BEFORE arriving at the poll.)

If you forgot your ID, you can sign an oath attesting to your identity and vote a regular ballot. But that rule is in place for THIS YEAR ONLY. After this November, you must provide an ID, have another registered voter attest to your identity or vote a “provisional” ballot will not be counted until you’ve presented a valid ID to the Auditor’s office.

So, does all this seem like a big hassle?

Maybe so. But if you want things to change, there’s only one way to take control and make sure that change happens.

Vote.

Even if it’s a hassle.

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