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Linn Co. voters rally late in gambling vote

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Voters got off to a real slow start Tuesday morning in the Linn County gambling special election, but turnout improved after the weather cleared.

By the time things were all said and done, close to 40 percent of registered voters cast ballots- that includes absentees turned in.

The number eclipsed the Local Option Sales Tax special election last March in Cedar Rapids. 

Not bad, considering more than 5 inches of snow fell after midnight Tuesday.

Neither side took any vote for granted.

The two campaigns did whatever it took to get voters out, from shoveling driveways to giving voters rides to the polls.

There was also a continued effort to man the phones and go door to door, trying to educate voters and get as many people out as possible.

"We probably have as good a group of volunteers and local campaign staff as we could ask for.  They're out knocking doors, and we're making phone calls.  We're trying to encourage as many people as possible to get out and vote," said Steve Gray, casino investor.

"We had a couple of canvassers that were out and somebody said 'well, I'll go vote, but I really need help clearing my driveway off.'  We're doing all we can to help get people involved and exercise their civic duty and vote today," said Todd Henderson, with the "Just Say No Casino" coalition.

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