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Record number of absentee ballots cast


WAVERLY (KWWL) -- People are anxious to make their vote count. Iowans have set a record for early voting in a midterm election, with the number of ballots topping the 2006 contest.

Secretary of State Michael Mauro says as of Friday morning, voters had requested 372,000 absentee ballots and have returned nearly 300,000 of them.

Political experts say this dramatic increase shows that people feel comfortable voting early. Lawmakers have also made it easier to vote early by allowing voters to seek absentee ballots by mail or in person.

Bremer County Auditor, Shelley Wolf says they too have seen a record number of people voting by absentee ballot. Friday, however, was the last day to request one. The deadline was at 5:00 p.m. The ballot has to be postmarked by Monday.

If you miss that deadline, you can still vote in person at your county auditor's office or satellite location.

Last mid-term election, Bremer County had 1,800 absentee ballots compared to 3,000 they have seen so far this year.

"I think a lot of attention has been brought to absentee voting by political parties, by the candidates, the media. There's a lot of attention and people just want to get it over with," said Wolf.

Auditor's offices will be open Saturday to accommodate those wanting to vote early.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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