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More Iowans choosing to vote early

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The number of requests in Black Hawk County for absentee ballots is already more than the 2008 mark with a week still to go.

In 2008, the Black Hawk County Elections Office sent out around 8,000 absentee ballots. This year they have already received 9,000 requests and there is still a week to go before people can start voting.

The process starts out by printing off a request for an absentee ballot on the Black Hawk County elections website. It asks for your name, address, date of election, date of birth, and your signature. You can mail it in or drop it off at the courthouse.

Your absentee ballot will be mailed to your home on the first day you can vote which is September 27th. You can mail your ballot in or go to the courthouse to vote.

Election officials say people chose to do this because they already know who they are going to vote for and it makes things easier. Local campaigns are also helping to get the word out.

"There are several promotions within the parties for this. They are actually mailing applications to voters. From what we hear they sometimes get multiple applications sent to them so they would have that opportunity and be encouraged to vote by mail," said Elections Manager for Black Hawk County, Kyle Jensson.

In Black Hawk County there will be satellite offices open at College Square Mall, Crossroads Shopping Center, UNI, and Hawkeye Community College. You can also drop off your ballot or vote early at these locations.

The secretary of state's office says more that 128,000 Iowans have requested ballots as of Friday. Nearly 70 percent were by Democrats and 12 percent were by Republicans.

Officials with the Romney campaign say the difference in the parties' early voting numbers is because Republicans focus on supporters who are less likely to vote, while Democrats encourage early voting by anyone in the party.

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