DES MOINES, Iowa — The big voter turnout for the midterm elections Tuesday could also mean a longer wait for results.
Recent polls have the race for governor within the margin of error, and Iowa’s First and Third Congressional Districts are also expected to be very close races. Officials say this could lead to a recount in some areas of the state.
“There’s several measures that may happen in between now and then typically there’ll be somewhere in the state you will have a recount for some locally, local election typically,” said Secretary of State Paul Pate.
This is the first year you will be asked to show a valid ID at the polls. Pate says all poll workers are prepared for the change.
“We have provided extensive training materials and conducted round-table discussions with the auditors and poll workers across the state. The goal is for no eligible voter to be turned away from the polls.”
Secretary Pate also stated that the voter system will be safe. A team is monitoring Election Day activity to keep it that way. Several agencies are gathered at the State Emergency Center in Johnston. They include representatives from the Secretary of State’s office, the Department of Public Safety, and Homeland Security.
Today we will be monitoring cyber activities around the state for any escalations in cyber attacks. Some of these could include misinformation of voting location, voting process or results, misleading phishing email, text messages or social media, and any attempt of unauthorized access to government systems. Our goal is to prevent any disruption in the election process we stand ready to respond,” Iowa Chief Information Security Officer Jeff Franklin said.
Go to voterreadyiowa.org, or your county auditor for correct voter information. Social media may not be the best source when it comes to when, where or how to vote.
Polls close at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday. Once results start rolling in you can keep track of them here.