What voters need to know on Election Day – Iowa State Daily

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Students can visit the Story County website to receive information about registering to vote, mailing in ballots, and the election in general.

Students can take advantage of free and discounted rides to the polls in an effort to increase student participation in elections.

Voting locations and times

Polls in Iowa are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. In Ames, there are a total of 24 polling stations. On-campus polling stations include:

– Buchanan Hall Room 2009
– The Maple Hall conference room (MB01)
– Room 136 of the Union Drive Community Center
– Frederiksen Court Community Center

Story County voters can use the Story County website’s poll locator to find their nearest precinct.

Students who are having trouble getting to the polls due to transportation issues can use the code CAMPUSTAKEVOTE on Lyft for a free ride of up to $20 for transportation to a polling location. Students can also use code VOTE22 for 50% off their ride. Both codes are single-use and are only active on Election Day.

“So locally we might think of that as a student in Ames who wants to vote in Nevada or Des Moines, and they don’t have a car that allows them to do that,” said Karen Kedrowski, director of the Carrie Chapman. Center Catt. “So this is a big national effort to just reduce another barrier – transportation – that students might face to allow them to vote.”

If individuals find themselves waiting longer than an hour at the polls, they can request a free pizza from Pizza to the Polls, a nonpartisan nonprofit that provides free food to people waiting in line. waiting to vote, according to their website. .

According to Clarissa Unger, co-founder and executive director of the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, the partnership with Lyft was made possible through collaboration with Campus Takeover, an initiative that aims to mobilize students around elections, according to their website. .

“I think it’s worth knowing that our students don’t just have one place they can go; there’s more than one polling place in town, and they need to know which one to go to,” Kewdrowski said, “and that would be based on their address in Ames if they plan to vote in Ames.

What to bring to the polls

As previously reported by the Daily, voters are required to bring valid identification and proof of residency to the polls. Students can use their Iowa State Student ID and the information provided on Access Plus under the Voter Registration Address tab as identification and proof of residency.

Voters can also register to vote at the polls – prior registration is not required.