What the heck is GOTV?

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GOTV (Get-Out-The-Vote) is an acronym used by political junkies, candidates, campaign staff and members of the media.  Simply put, after all the campaign money is spent, commercials are done airing and the summer parades are over, it’s what really decides the outcome of an election.  Without GOTV efforts, voter participation plummets.  The campaign that has the most successful GOTV efforts, including chasing absentee ballots and getting people to vote early, will win the election (most of the time.)

In this blog post, we wanted to provide MBI members and readers with information about voting on November 6, 2018.  The Iowa Secretary of State’s (SOS) website is full of great information on how to vote, where to vote, and who is on the ballot.  But we break it down more simply here.

New Voter ID Law

Last year, the Iowa Legislature made changes to the requirements for voting on Election Day.  For more information on Voter ID, please follow the link here.

Am I registered to vote?

Check with the Iowa SOS’s office here.

Can I register to vote on Election Day?

Yes.  You may register and vote on Election Day.  To do so, you must first go to the correct polling place for your current address on Election Day.  Scroll down this page to find your polling place.

When is the last day I can request an absentee ballot?

The request form must be received in the county auditor’s office by 5pm THIS SATURDAY, October 27, 2018.

Who are my current state representatives?

To find out who currently represents you, please follow the Iowa Legislature’s website here.

Who is running in my district in 2018?

A full comprehensive list of candidates on the ballot can be found here.

Where is my polling place? 

You can locate your specific precinct and polling place here.

Additional Resources on Candidates 

Please visit IAvotes.com for information on how candidates stand on issues important to Iowa employees, industry sectors and consumers. While MBI does not do political endorsements and never has in the past, we wish to do our part in our own GOTV efforts.

We are encouraging all of our members to do your civic duty and vote for the candidates that you think will be pro-construction and pro-business.  If you’d like further clarification on who MBI supports and why, please do not hesitate to contact Ben Hammes at bhammes@mbi.build for more information.