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UPDATE: Auditors say rain may be hampering voter turnout


EASTERN IOWA (KWWL) -- As rain continues to fall across Eastern Iowa, some auditors say it is impacting turnout for today's primary election.

Black Hawk County is reporting a turnout of 1,271 as of 10:00 a.m.

That is 1.46% of the 87,313 registered voters.  It is higher than 2006 and 2000 but significantly lower than 2002 and 2004.

Johnson County Auditor, Tom Slockett, says voter turnout as of 11:00 a.m. Tuesday is the fifth lowest in 30 years.

Slockett says just 1,434 of Johnson County's registered voters had turned out.  That's 1.65%.

On a high note, absentee ballot returns are at the fourth highest in 30 years.  Slockett says 2,145 absentee ballots were returned as of Tuesday's mail delivery.

In Linn County, Auditor Joel Miller says 8,198 voters have turned out as of 3 p.m.  That is 5.58%, which Miller says is better than the 2006 and 2008 turnouts. 

Voters are only allowed to vote in person today, at their precinct and must be registered with a party.  Polls are open until 9:00 p.m.

Stay tuned to KWWL, on-air and on-line, for full results and analysis of all the races impacting Eastern Iowa tonight.

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