June 8th, 2010

Voter Number Three

I was the third person to vote in my precinct in Ankeny this morning. This is the first time I have voted in Polk County since participating in the 2000 caucuses, back then I was an Urbandale resident.

Three election officials greeted me as I came through the door. The first lady asked if I had my voter registration card. One of the other workers said, “He doesn’t need to show that.” Then she asked to see my ID. The other worker said, “He doesn’t need to show that either.”

I just smiled through the exchange because I think it’s so odd that we don’t have to show any ID to vote. All you need is for your name to be in the book. Since I have yet to update my drivers licenses, it’s probably a good thing I didn’t have to show an ID. I had nothing on me that indicated that I was an Ankeny resident.

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Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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