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Candidates meet with voters as early voting begins

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - There's just 40 days until the November General Election and now early voting is underway. Candidates from both parties spent the first day of voting talking to voters.

It was a packed house at the Hamburg Inn No. 2 for the first political event since a spring fire. The restaurant is best known for its coffee bean voting, but at Thursday's Republican event, candidates asked voters to get out and cast their paper ballots.

"What we're doing on this tour is just encouraging Iowans to get out, vote absentee, make sure that their voices are heard," said Joni Ernst, Republican candidate for Senator.

Also at the event: Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, and even Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus out to drum up republican support.

Eastern Iowa Democrats flock together at the Flying Weenie in Cedar Rapids. That event included Jack Hatch's running mate, Lieutenant Governor candidate Monica Vernon, asking voters to make a plan. She even walked with some of them to the auditor's office so they could vote early.

"We want people to have a plan," said Vernon. "When are you going to vote? And I think if they start planning they may realize 'oh my goodness, we're going to be out of town that week.'"

Others know that the next few weeks may be hectic. Voters of all ages showed up in Iowa City to cast their ballots early.

"This is better for my transportation," said Martha Yoak, who lives in Iowa City. "I travel a lot by bus now."

"It's your right as a citizen," said Ryan McGrew, who lives in Iowa City. "I think it's your civic duty."

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