Letters to the Editor: Don't forget to vote

To the Editor:

With the special election involving all voters residing in the Washington Community School District rapidly approaching, below are some important things that voters need to be aware of.

The special election is being held for the purpose of filling a vacant Director District 2 position on the Washington Community School Board. The election will be held on Tuesday, March 20, with polls opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m. Polling places include the basement of the Washington County Courthouse at 222 West Main, Washington, as well as at the Brighton City Hall, which is located at 100 East Washington Street in Brighton.

Voters also have the option to vote by way of absentee ballot prior to Election Day by visiting the Auditor?s office located in the Washington County Courthouse. Our normal hours of operation are weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., but on Friday, March 16, and Monday, March 19, the Auditor?s office will remain open until 5 p.m. in order to accommodate voters.

It is very important to note that all eligible voters residing in the Washington Community School District are eligible to vote. In other words, voting is not limited to residents of District 2.

In order to participate, all voters will be asked to show proper photo identification prior to being issued a ballot. Examples of such identification include a valid Iowa driver?s license, Iowa non-operator?s ID, U.S. passport, military ID, veterans ID, or voter ID card. Anyone who does not have the necessary ID will be asked to sign an oath verifying their identity, and upon doing so will be allowed to cast a ballot.

Individuals may update their voter registration at the polling place. To do so, individuals must prove both their identity and their current address. For most individuals this simply means a valid driver?s license that includes a current address. However, any of the sources of identification listed above may be used. If an individual?s photo ID does not include a current address, there are other documents that will suffice. Examples of such documents include residential lease, utility bill, bank statement, and paycheck.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Washington County Auditor?s office at 319-653-7717.

I strongly encourage you to take the opportunity to vote on March 20.


Daniel L. Widmer

Washington County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections


To the Editor:

I was delighted to see that there are three individuals running for our Washington School Board March 20 special election: James Almelien, Dana McDole and Lori Orris. Thanks to them for being willing to serve.

I want to be sure that Washington School District eligible voters realize that they all may vote in this election. The candidate must reside in the ward in which he/she would serve, but all voters in the district are eligible to vote in this election.

I believe this is a fairly new rule, and that many voters are unaware of it. Polls will be open in Brighton and at the Washington County Courthouse March 20. Absentee ballots are now available at the courthouse. More information about absentee balloting is available in The Journal and at the courthouse.

Anyone having questions should contact the Washington County Auditor?s office, 319-653-7717.

Please exercise your right to vote!

Respectfully submitted,

Janet L. Gallagher

Retired educator