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Will voters come out "swinging" in primary election?

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- County auditors are expecting about fifteen percent of registered voters to turn out for Iowa's primary elections.

That's a small fraction of what we see in November, but when the governor's seat is up for grabs, people want to weigh in -- whether they're registered as Republicans or Democrats.

If you haven't voted in a primary election, it's a little different than a regular election. First, you'll need to make a choice -- Democrat or Republican?

"You'll be registered one or the other, and they'll assume you'll want the party you're registered. If you, for any reason, want to vote in the other party's primary, than you'll need to change your voter registration which you can do at the polls," said Black Hawk County Auditor Grant Veeder.

Here's where Iowa law gets fun -- you only have to call yourself a Democrat or Republican for a day. So if you're a liberal at heart, but want to weigh in on who runs against Governor Chet Culver, you can swing over to the Grand Ol' Party on Tuesday.

Which, ironically, was a popular choice back in 1994.  That's when TV celebrity Fred Grandy challenged then-Governor Terry Branstad.

"We saw a lot of people cross over from democrat to republican to vote for Grandy," said Veeder.

Of course, Branstad won that election -- but it was pretty close, about 52 to 48 percent. This year, there are three high-profile candidates fighting it out. But we'll have to wait until Tuesday night to find out if voters come out swinging.

If you are voting on the Republican ballot tomorrow, you'll notice a lot of empty seats for county positions, including Supervisor, Treasurer, Recorder, and Attorney. At this point, no Republicans are running for these positions. But the party can elect candidates through a Republican nominating convention -- that just has to happen before the end of August.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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