Winneshiek County Auditor Ben Steines is reminding voters of the new procedures for the combined city/school election Tuesday, Nov. 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day.
Previously voters may have had different polling locations for general, city and school elections.
“Under the new procedures, voters will always vote at the same polling location for the November election, whether it is a General Election or a combined city/school election,” Steines said.
All registered voters received a new voter acknowledgment card that lists their polling place for all elections. Voters who do not have a driver’s license or DOT ID card, will receive a Voter ID card instead.
Election information and sample ballots are available at winneshekcounty.org. Election questions can be directed to the Auditor’s Office at 563-382-5085 or auditor@co.winneshiek.ia.us.
Tuesday will be the first time school and city elections have been combined on one day in Iowa. They are being held on the same day to simplify elections and to generate more voter turnout.
School elections have typically had about 5 percent turnout and city elections have had between 15 and 20 percent in Winneshiek County, Steines said. For the last general election, more than 80 percent of Winneshiek County’s registered voters cast ballots.