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Schultz implements precinct map feature for Iowans

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced last week that for the first time, Iowans in all 99 counties can view their county and city precinct maps online at http://www.sos.iowa.gov/precinctmaps.

The precinct map feature is a comprehensive compilation of both existing precinct maps that were created by counties and cities as well as precinct maps created by the Iowa Secretary of State’s office for counties and cities that were not already available online.

“This is the first time all of the precinct maps are available to Iowans in one place,” Schultz said. “The new precinct map feature is another effective tool we are offering to Iowa voters to make sure they have useful election information at their fingertips.”

The precinct maps on the Secretary of State website are based on the 2010 decennial Census Bureau boundary information and the city and county reprecincting plans approved by the Secretary of State’s office.

The precinct maps are simply another way the Iowa Secretary of State’s office works to improve the voting experience for all eligible Iowans.

Schultz also worked diligently to remove obstacles for military voters and facilitate the potentially complicated process of casting a ballot from outside the country. Under Schultz’s leadership, all active duty military personnel serving outside the boundaries of the United States can now cast a ballot via fax or email, a method that previously had only been available to a restricted number of soldiers serving in specifically classified areas.

The Iowa Secretary of State’s office also designed the Iowa ExpressVoter electronic pollbook software and is providing it to Iowa counties free of charge. The Iowa ExpressVoter electronic pollbook simplifies the check-in process for voters at the polling place. Voters have the option of scanning a state of Iowa-issued ID card or voter registration card which helps speed voters through the line. Any needed paperwork is printed right at the polling place, eliminating the hassle of completing forms by hand.

The Iowa Secretary of State’s office also offers a comprehensive app called Iowa SOS available for both Android and Apple devices to ensure resources are at voters’ fingertips. From the Iowa SOS app, Iowans can check voter registration information, fill out the State of Iowa Official Voter Registration Form, find their polling places, request and track an absentee ballot, set calendar reminders for upcoming elections and more.

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