Pottawattamie County
Elections

Secretary of State Mails No Activity Notices

N E W S   R E L E A S E

April 25, 2019

Important Voter File Maintenance Mailing

Earlier this month, the Secretary of State's office mailed cards to Pottawattamie County voters who have had no activity in the last four years, and the Pottawattamie County Election Office needs the public's help to keep the voter rolls up to date.

This annual "Four Year No Activity" mailing is required by law. It is very important that you check the box that applies, make notes if needed, sign the card – no changes can be made unless you sign it - and return it to the Election Office.

IF your Four Year No Activity card is returned to our office as undeliverable:

Your voter registration record will be placed on inactive status. This is a preliminary step to cancellation.

Voters remain on the rolls with inactive status through two general elections. If you try to vote, you will be asked to update your registration. You will then be returned to active status.

If you get a card for someone who doesn't live at your address:

Indicate on the reply card that the person does not live at your address, sign the card, and return it to the Election Office. They will then place the person on inactive status. However, they can't completely cancel the registration without the voter's own signature unless:

If the card is not returned, the law requires that the county assume that the person still lives there. The person may not be taken off the rolls for another four years. (Political campaigns will also assume the person still lives there, so you'll probably get mailings and phone calls.)

If you get a Four Year No Activity card for yourself and your address is correct:

You don't have to do anything. The fact that you got the card indicates that you are still registered with Active status.

If you get a Four Year No Activity and the address is incorrect:

Check the box marked "I am the person named above but I no longer live at the address listed." Fill in your new street address and sign the card.

If your new address is inside Pottawattamie County, your voter registration record will be updated and you will receive a new voter card. This will show up as activity on your voter registration record.

If your new address is outside Pottawattamie County, your voter registration will be cancelled. IMPORTANT: This does not register you to vote in your new community! You will need to re-register at your new address.  Follow this link to register online or download a voter registration form:

https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/voterregistration.html

If you fill out a paper form, send it to your county auditor.  This link gets you to the addresses of all 99 Iowa county auditors:

https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html

Common Issues

The law is designed to make it hard to cancel someone's voter registration without their knowledge. This is a good thing but it has some unintended consequences that make certain voters especially hard to inactivate and cancel:

Please contact the Election Office, 712-328-5700 option 3, with any questions

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This webpage was printed on August 4, 2020. For the most current election-related information, visit the Pottawattamie County, Iowa, Elections website at elections.pottcounty-ia.gov.
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