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Polls open Tuesday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Polls open Tuesday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. today for voting in the primary election. For information on voting precincts and locations, call the Black Hawk County elections office at (319) 833-3007.

For information on the election, go to www.sos.state.ia.us.

Primary elections are just one of several steps in the political process.

Voters hit the polls to decide who nominees will be for the Democratic and Republican parties for the general election in November. While each race is subject to a primary vote, many feature only one candidate for each respective party.

Iowa has a closed primary system, which means only voters registered as a Democrat or Republican can vote for their respective nominees. Independent voters and those who want to change their registration can do so at the polling site.

Voters can change their registration after election day, according to the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.

Potential voters also can register at the polling site and need not do so ahead of time. Anyone with those intentions, however, must prove their identity and residency. The secretary of state's office said the best form of ID is a valid Iowa driver's license.

To be valid, a photo ID must have an expiration date and a current address. Other acceptable forms are U.S. passports, out-of-state driver's licenses, military IDs or college or university IDs.

Proof of residency can be demonstrated with a lease, utility bill, paycheck or government statements. Election officials stick strictly to that list.

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