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Letter to the editor

By JoAnna Poster
On April 27, 2018

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As citizens, we recognize voting is the foundation that drives our civil liberties. 

It is the seed that plants our democracy. We the people of the U.S. have duties and responsibilities that protect our values of freedom, liberty, and equality. 


Our Rights 

Opportunity to express ourselves. 

Power to vote in elections for public servants.  

Freedom to run for elected office.  

Freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” 


Our Responsibilities 

Stay knowledgeable of the issues impacting our communities. 

Participate in the democratic process.  

Aid and engage in our local community.  

Protect the people and our country, if needed. 

 In Iowa, we have approximately 145,000 eligible residents ready to vote online but cannot without improving the accessibility for online registration. 

While Iowa accepts a wide range of identification to vote in person, potential voters have experienced difficulty when trying to use the same proof for online voting. 

 It seems to be known that there is room for improvement to the online registration and voting systems, but like almost everything these days costs money. 

With budget and government spending being a tight and sensitive issue, it is understandable to not expect results overnight however, according to resources found from several sources, this has been known since 2014. 

 145,000 people is a significant number of voters to be left out of modern convenience and it is my opinion this topic needs to be revisited as soon as possible. 

JoAnna Poster

Council Bluffs, Iowa 

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