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One of the Black Hawk County voting machines at a county storage building Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Waterloo, Iowa. Black Hawk County may be paying up to $700,000, about $200,00 more than expected, to buy new voting machines and software to accommodate the large amount of absentee ballots now being received.

WATERLOO -- It's voting day for the 2018 primary. Voters will decide which Democrat will face Gov. Kim Reynolds in the fall election, and a number of other races, including who will face Rod Blum in the 1st District of the U.S. House.

There are 62 total precincts in Black Hawk County, 30 in Waterloo, 15 in Cedar Falls and the rest are through the townships and small cities.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday June 5. 

This will be the first elections where a new voter ID law will require residents to use their ID's to vote. Iowans need to have either an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator ID. 

"Voters who have neither have been mailed a new voter ID PIN card to use for identification. Voters can also use a U.S. passport, or a U.S. military or veteran ID card. During 2018, pre-registered voters who don’t have a form of identification can sign an Oath of Identification," according to the Secretary of State's website. 

A person who is eligible to register to vote may do so on Election Day at the polling place for the precinct in which the person lives. The person must complete a voter registration form, sign an oath, and provide acceptable proof of both identity and residence. The most common example of an acceptable form of identity and residence is an Iowa driver’s license that is not expired and shows the person’s address on Election Day. Other acceptable forms of identity may be found at or

For a list of polling places, go to or the Black Hawk County website.


Staff Writer

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