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Same day registration not expected to slow down voting

by Jenn Jarvis

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- New this election, people are able to register to vote at the polls.

The percentage of people registering to vote is expected to be small as the Iowa Secretary of State estimates more than 90 percent of eligible voters are already registered.

Still, with the unusually large turnout expected, poll workers are bracing for traffic to pick up throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

Election officials are asking for patience if there are large crowds.

Early voting records were broken and many waited in line Monday. But, many voters say despite the lines, they wanted to cast their ballots on election day.

"I always planned to vote on Election Day. I wanted that privilege of walking in on the day that it was designated and casting my vote," Waterloo voter Beverly Cosby said.

To register at the polls, bring photo identification like a driver's license or passport. If it does not have a current address, also provide proof of residence like a utility bill or paycheck.

Also, if you were not able to mail in an absentee ballot in time, you can drop it off at the county auditor's. Or you can surrender the ballot at your polling location and receive a traditional ballot to vote.

Online Reporter: Jenn Jarvis
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