OSKALOOSA — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate visited Oskaloosa recently with a message: Be ready to vote.
This year is a soft roll-out of new voting requirements, Pate said, in order to inform as many people as possible and to give election officials the opportunity to fine-tune the system.
“We want people to understand it’s as simple as registering to vote, having an ID and voting. Those three basic steps,” he said. “Voter registration as you know it has not changed a bit. It’s still the same. People get mixed up. We’re not changing voter registration.”
Pate particularly emphasized the need for college and university students to be prepared before hitting the polls. And to prepare early.
William Penn University Director of Athletics and Student Life Nik Rule said many Penn students are from out of state and have out of state driver’s licenses and asked whether students would have any stumbling blocks with registration.