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UPDATE: Long lines at Cedar Falls polling locations

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The line of voters at Cedar Falls City Hall on Tuesday evening. The line of voters at Cedar Falls City Hall on Tuesday evening.
WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Despite a record amount of early voting for the 2012 election, a large number of Iowans headed to the polls on Election Day to cast their ballots.

Voters reported up to 2-hour wait times at Cedar Falls City Hall, Bethlehem Lutheran and Heartland Vineyard Churches in Cedar Falls.

Heartland Vineyard Church in Cedar Falls had more than 100 people in line waiting to vote as of 9:35 p.m. Any voters who were waiting in line at their correct precinct when the polls closed at 9 p.m. were still allowed to vote.

Many University of Northern Iowa students voted at these locations, and poll workers said a lot of those students were registering to vote for the first time. 

Iowa is one of the few states that allows same day voter registration.

Student Sara Strawhacker spent more than three hours at two different polling sites to cast her ballot.

"I feel like since we're in a country where we can vote, we should," she said.

Tim Thomas of Cedar Falls waited about 90 minutes to vote at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

"I'd wait five or six hours if I had to," Thomas said.

By 3 p.m. in Johnson County, more than 17,000 people had voted. About 1,300 of those voters registered at the polls.

As of 3 p.m. in Linn County, more than 40,000 people voted. That number is down slightly from the last two general election years. That dip could be caused by a record amount of early voting.

There was a nearly 25 percent increase in early voting in Iowa from the 2008 election. A record 673,124 Iowans voted before Election Day.

Black Hawk County reported more than 19,000 people voted as of 2 p.m. That's 21.36 percent of registered voters.

In Dubuque County, election officials report about 63 percent voter turnout overall, including absentee and early voting.

 

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