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Lee County Offers New Voter Registration

Jun 3, 2012

Voters in Iowa will go to the polls on Tuesday, June 5.  They will decide who should move on to the November general election.

Lee County is offering a new option to residents that could make their voting experience much quicker.

The county currently uses a voter registration system known as the Precinct Atlas.  It was developed by the Cerro Gordo County Auditor and is used by dozens of Iowa counties.

The system stores voter information electronically.

The process allows poll workers to avoid flipping through page after page of voter registration data when someone arrives to vote.

Elections Coordinator Denise Fraise says the process could be even simpler this time around.  She says if residents want to, they can scan their driver’s licenses or voter identifications.

Fraise says it will allow their information to be found even faster, which will get them into their voting booths sooner.

She says this is an optional process.  Iowa does not require a voter to present a driver’s license or identification card to cast a ballot.

Meanwhile, Lee County residents have additional opportunities to cast their votes ahead of Tuesday’s primary election.

The Auditor’s office inside the North Lee County Office Building will be open on Monday, June 4 from 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.  Early voting can also occur at the South Lee County Courthouse during those same times.