RaQuishia Harrington secures North Liberty city council seat in county’s first election under new voter ID law

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UPDATE: RaQuishia Harrington has been elected to fill the vacancy on the North Liberty City Council.

The unofficial results have Harrington securing 33% of the votes at 275 votes.

Smith came in a close second with 31% at 253 votes.

Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert says the votes are unofficial until the last absentee ballot is received. He said only 11 absentees hadn’t been turned in as of 3:30 p.m.

According to Weipert, the election turnout was 822 people.

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JOHNSON CO., Iowa (KWWL) — A special city council election in North Liberty featured six candidates and new adjustments under the state’s new voter ID law.

The six candidates vying to fill the city council vacancy are Josey Bathke, Abdouramane Bila, RaQuishia Harrington, Steve Sherman, Brent Smith and Matt Zacek.

The special election in Johnson County is the first one under the new law which now requires voters to present an ID in order to vote.

The bill was signed into law in 2017 by then-Governor Terry Branstad but went into full effect starting in January.

Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert said all poll workers have trained ahead of the changes but he said the concern was getting the word out to voters ahead of time.

“Things seem to be moving smoothly,” Weipert said. “There were few people that were trying to get their IDs out of their billfolds which I’ve tried to spread that message that sometimes if you haven’t had to pull it out in a year or two, it might get stuck.”

Weipert said it was important for voters to have their ID out and ready to keep lines moving. He also reminds voters to make sure their IDs are not expired or damaged. ID’s that are expired more than 90 days cannot be used.

An Iowa driver’s license, an Iowa non-operator’s ID, military ID, U.S. passport, tribal ID, veteran’s ID and a voter ID card all qualify as a usable identification card.

Weipert said people without IDs won’t necessarily be turned away. He said they can have another voter, in that precinct that knows them, vouch for their identity.

Voting is happening at the North Liberty Community Library. Polls close at 8 p.m.

 

Jalyn Souchek

Jalyn Souchek

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