Iowa Straw Poll Wrinkle: Photo ID Required

Safeguards to protect against voter fraud have now been extended to next week’s Iowa Straw Poll. It will be interesting to see if other GOP presidential straw polls will implement similar measures.

To ensure only Iowans participate in the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll next Saturday, voters must bring a photo ID.

And to prevent double voting, voters will mark their index finger with indelible ink after casting their ballots, Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn said Friday.

Those eligible are registered voters or Iowans who will be 18 years old on or before Nov. 6, 2012, Strawn said in a written statement.

The allowable IDs are a current and valid Iowa driver’s license or non-operator ID, a military ID or a student photo ID from an Iowa college or university.

In official elections in Iowa, the state doesn’t require photo identification – a law Republicans unsuccessfully tried to change during this year’s now-finished legislative session.

Voting for the straw poll – a party function, not a state function – will take place at the Iowa State University campus in both Hilton Coliseum (north side entrance) and the Scheman Building (south side entrance) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 13.

Read more from Jennifer Jacobs at DesMoinesRegister.com

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