Iowans are turning out to vote! Join them!

State Sen. Eric Giddens (D-Cedar Falls)

Iowa voters are turning out in big numbers to vote in the 2022 election. Many have already voted by mail, at their local county auditors’ offices, or at satellite voting stations.

If you are voting by mail, mail in your ballot ASAP or return it in person. Either way, it must arrive at your county auditor’s office by 8 PM on Election Day (Tuesday, November 8).

If for any reason you can’t return your ballot in time, you can go to the polls on Election Day and vote using a provisional ballot.

Every Iowan eligible to vote can vote on Election Day – even if you aren’t currently registered to vote.

Just go to your local polling place between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. If you need to register to vote, you can do that at the polls. If you don’t have a photo ID, a registered voter in your precinct can vouch for you or you can cast a provisional ballot. Learn more about Election Day voting here: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/edfaq.html

Need to know the address of your polling place? Call your county auditor or use this webpage to find out where you vote: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx

Reasons for Iowans to vote in 2022

1) Stand up for Iowa’s public schools and communities!

When you and I were in elementary school, state support for local schools grew an average of more than 4% a year. That’s more than double the education increases approved by Iowa’s Republican legislative majorities during the last six years.

Even worse, Iowa Republican politicians are determined to divert millions more of our tax dollars away from public schools and to private schools.

Private schools don’t accept every student, and they aren’t subject to the oversight public schools must follow.

The National Rural Education Association recently looked at what happens when public dollars are diverted to private schools: 1) There are fewer dollars for rural public schools; 2) There’s more money in the pockets of private school parents living in urban areas.

Schemes to divert millions of Iowa tax dollars from public schools to a handful of private schools should be stopped.

2) You and your doctor should make abortion decisions, not politicians!

A large majority of Iowans say abortion should be legal in most or all cases. Despite this, the U.S. Supreme Court recently overturned 50 years of settled law on this issue.

Most Iowans disagree with Governor Reynolds and most Republican legislators when it comes to abortion. Despite this, many of Iowa’s politicians are eager to use their new power to insert themselves into the private decisions of Iowans and their families. Private medical decisions should be made by an individual and their doctor–not politicians or judges.

3) Iowans need an economy that works for working families!

Working people built Iowa, and supporting working people will help build a stronger Iowa economy.

Iowa Republicans disagree. They are responsible for Iowa’s low-wage economy, a problem that keeps pushing young families out of Iowa in search of opportunities elsewhere.

Yet Republicans at the Statehouse keep weakening protections for workers, making quality childcare harder to afford, and making it harder for Iowa businesses to recruit skilled employees.

We need targeted tax cuts for middle-class Iowans, not more tax cuts for big corporations and wealthy individuals.

Beginning with the 90th General Assembly in January of 2023, State Senator Eric Giddens (D-Cedar Falls) will represent the new Iowa Senate District 38 including Cedar Falls, Hudson, Traer, Dysart, Evansdale, Elk Run Heights, Gilbertville, Washburn, LaPorte City and Mount Auburn. Contact Sen. Giddens at 319-230-0578 or eric.giddens@legis.iowa.gov.