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WATERLOO (KWWL) -
Early voting is underway for upcoming elections, slated for Nov. 5, 2013.
Black Hawk County Elections Manager Kyle Jensson admits turnout can be slim for city elections, but told KWWL Thursday there has already been a steady stream of early voters.
"I think if they're interested in their government and their communities, they will want to know who is making those decisions and this gives them a way to make a choice of those persons put in leadership," said Jensson.
According to Jensson, voting early can be easily done by going to the Auditor's Office and requesting an absentee ballot. While no photo ID or documentation is needed to vote before Oct. 25, 2013, Jensson said having a current photo ID is still a good idea in case a person's voter registration needs to be updated.
Jensson said pre-registering to vote is a good idea, and will likely make election day smoother.
"I would encourage anyone wanting to vote in the upcoming election to pre-register. If they're unable to accomplish that, than they should prepare for the election day registration process," said Jensson.
The election day registration process consists of a voter proving his or her identity and residency.
"The most common document for doing both is having an up-to-date driver's license," said Jensson.
However, if a person's driver's license does not prove residency, that individual will need to bring additional documentation like a paycheck, utility bill or bank statement.
Jensson said people can pre-register to vote at the Auditor's Office through Friday, Oct. 25 at 5:00 p.m.
According to state law, people can vote by mail before the election; however, mailed ballots must be requested by Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, and postmarked no later than Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
Additionally, state law allows people to vote early in person at their county courthouse until Monday, Nov. 4, at 5:00 p.m.
More information about voter registration and voter ID laws can be found here.
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