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Candidates, weather affect voter turnout

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Weather has been said to play a role in voter turnout, but the offices on the ballot play a bigger role.

The Iowa Secretary of State's Office said that it expects a strong turnout for the Nov. 2 general election thanks to the registration numbers and the record pace of early voting. The office reports that as of Tuesday there are more than 2.1 million registered voters in Iowa.

Below is a look back at the weather in Waterloo on Election Day, the percentage of registered Iowa voters who voted that year and what was the highest office on the ballot. Election turnout numbers were provided by the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.

November 4, 2008

            8 AM:  59, SSE 5 mph, Sunny

            Noon:  73, SSW 8 mph, Sunny

            8 PM:  60, SE 9 mph, Clear

            Iowa general election turnout – 71.28 % (highest office on ballot = President)

 November 7, 2006

            8 AM:  48, SSW 8, Cloudy

            Noon:  55, SE 4, Hazy

            8 PM:  55, S 10, Cloudy

           Iowa general election turnout – 51.51 % (highest office on ballot = Governor)

 November 2, 2004 

          8 AM:  42, NW 9, Mostly cloudy

          Noon:  49, NW 17, Gusting to 23 mph, Cloudy

          8 PM:  44, N 9, Cloudy

          Iowa general election turnout – 71.19% (highest office on ballot = President)

 November 5, 2002

            8 AM:  30, Calm, Light snow (total appears to be a trace)

            Noon:  35, Calm, Cloudy

            8 PM:  39, WNW 8, Cloudy

            Iowa general election turnout – 52.62% (highest office on ballot = Governor)

 November 4, 2000 

           8 AM: 41, SE 4, Cloudy

           Noon: 58, WSW 20, Sunny

           8 PM:  47, S 12, Clear

           Iowa general election turnout – 68.20% (highest office on ballot = President)

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