What to know about voting in 2018

Franklin County Auditor Michelle Giddings and Julie Pralle work to make sure county voting machines are ready for the November election. TRAVIS FISCHER

The 2018 General Election is fast approaching and, in some cases, may be the most significant mid-term election in a generation.

Tight races in United States Representative Districts could shift the balance of power in Washington D.C., while the Gubernatorial contest and state legislature races will determine the future of Iowa’s legislative path.

Iowa has a long history of being politically active. Historically, roughly 50-60 percent of Iowa’s eligible voters participate in mid-term elections, ranking the state relatively high in terms of citizens performing their civic duty.

“We’re in the top six in the nation in terms of voter participation,” said Kevin Kline. “Iowans take elections seriously.”

After many years of service as the County Auditor for Cerro Gordo County, Kline has spent the last several months getting accustomed to his new position as Deputy Commissioner of Elections for the Iowa Secretary of State. While each individual county is largely responsible for conducting elections, the Iowa Secretary of State office is there to provide support and training materials for election workers.

New training and procedures have become particularly relevant for this year’s election.

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