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Voting is a Constitutional right. It helps our democracy work. Iowa has previously been ranked No. 2 in the nation for voter integrity.

However last year, the voting process was changed in many ways. Some changes will take place in 2019; some are in place now. With special elections coming up in the month of April, now is a good time to review some of those changes.

The change most likely to affect many voters in the requirement to have a current picture ID. However, that change does not take effect until January 2019. If you do not have your ID this year, you will be asked to sign an oath attesting you are who you say you are.

It is essential that voters and poll workers are informed and our Constitutional right to vote is not impaired.

The award-winning Precinct Atlas was developed in our country and is used by a majority of the Iowa counties. We are fortunate to have had Ken Kline as our auditor in Cerro Gordo County and his staff. The staff is still there and would be glad to answer any questions you might have about the new process.

Sharon Steckman, Mason City

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