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"Iowa Express Voter" is being tested for the very first time during a special election is Dixon, Iowa. The program uses software developed by the Iowa Secretary of State. It requires voters to show identification even though state law does not require voters to show an ID. The program is not mandatory, it's up to the voter if they want to participate.

Bruce Dahms is the very first person in Iowa to participate in the "Iowa Express Voter" program.

"I thought it was cool," says Dahms, "After being mayor for 9 years here in town, to be put on the map a little bit is not a bad thing."

When Dahms arrived at the Dixon polling place he was given the option to use his ID to check in. The poll worker scanned Dahms ID and then asked him to say his name, birth date and address to verify his identity.

"I thought it was pretty simple," adds Dahms, "As opposed to the old style way of having them go through the book, find my name and write down my name and address."

The special election in Dixon, Iowa is the first time the state is testing its new electronic poll book.

"It's similar to the E-poll book we use now in elections where people come in, we enter their name and it prints out their label," says Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz.

Since elections have become more complicated in recent years the program is meant to speed up the voting process.

"We want people to get in and get out, so they aren't wasting their time," adds Moritz, "It's quick, it's easy, it's painless and so it will save them time."

State and county election officials are on hand to evaluate the process. Dixon, Iowa was chosen as the first testing location, because it's a small election.

"The beauty of it is, because it is a small election we'll be able to test out any of the anomalies that might happen" says the Scott County Auditor, "We want to try to perfect it before the busier elections happen."

Voters, like Dahms, who participated in the program say they can see it being expanded.

"In light of all the immigration problems in America I would say, yes it should definitely be expanded to every state in the union as far as I'm concerned," says Dahms.

If you decide to be a part of the program you need to have either a driver license, state ID or a voter registration card. If you opt out of the program poll workers will check you in the way they always have.