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Dyersville's high voter turnout generating buzz

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The city in Dubuque County drawing the most attention to itself on this Election Day is not in Dubuque, but rather in Dyersville.

By late afternoon, more than 20 percent of Dyersville's registered voters had flocked to the polls. That number doesn't include early mail-in ballots.

Compare Dyersville, a city of some 4,000 people, to Dubuque, a city of some 58,000 people, which, by 4 p.m., had a voter turnout rate of less than 7 percent. That number, too, doesn't count mail-in ballots.

Dyersville voters are weighing in on whether to stick with their current mayor, Jim Heavens, or go with his challenger, Alvin Haas.

There are also three Dyersville City Council seats on the ballot, two of which have the incumbent facing one challenger. Those are Ward 1 and at-large.

The third council seat, however, is entirely a write-in vote, as nobody filed to run for Ward 3.

Dubuque County auditor Denise Dolan said Dyersville's voter turnout numbers are neither new nor surprising.

"Dyersville always has good turnout elections when there are races," Dolan said. "People seem to take an interest in government out there and turn out."

In Dubuque, three council members are each facing one challenger for their respective seats, while Mayor Roy Buol is running uncontested.

Of Dubuque County's 21 cities, 18 have mayoral races. Only three of them are contested: Dyersville, Peosta and Rickardsville.

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