School board elections are approaching on Tuesday, Sept. 10, across the state. Registered voters in Palo Alto County will be checked in at their respective polling places for this election with the county's recently acquired Precinct Atlas system.
According to Palo Alto County Auditor Carmen Moser, Precinct Atlas is a precinct election management system developed by Cerro Gordo County. The system is being used in over 50 counties in Iowa to confirm a voters' name, address and date of birth. It is a user-friendly system for Precinct Election Officials and applies Iowa's election laws correctly and consistently.
A voter has the option to use his or her Iowa Drivers' Licence for an easier and more efficient check in at the polls. This is not a requirement and is an option for the voter. If the voter chooses not to use their drivers' license, they will complete the voter's Declaration of Eligibility as in the past. All voters must sign the Declaration of Eligibility.
The polls will be open from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10. All registered voters should refer to the 2012 voter registration cards, which will show the polling place for their respective school district.
Questions on Precinct Atlas or questions on the school election may be addressed by calling the Palo Alto County Auditor's Office at 712-852-2924.