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Absentee ballot numbers up in 2014

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Absentee ballots in most of Eastern Iowa are up compared to 2010, the last time there was a non-Presidential election.

Tom O'Neill, the Deputy Commissioner of Elections in Dubuque County, said they already have more than 17.000 requests for absentee ballots.  That's up from approximately 11,000 in 2010, he said.

Dubuque isn't the only county experiencing higher than usual absentee ballot numbers.

Clayton County's Deputy Auditor Jennifer Garms said they already have 300 more ballots than 2010, with more expected to trickle in. 

Jones County Auditor Janine Sulzner said they've received 43 percent more ballots than they did in 2010.

Allamakee and Winneshiek Counties said they've received more requests as well.

Delaware County is already nearly 1,000 above their 2010 pace, with 500-600 more ballots expected, Carla Becker, Delaware County's Commissioner of Elections, said.  "Both parties and all the candidates are really pushing this year," she said.  "And honestly, people are hoping the phone calls will go away."

O'Neill said the kinds of races that are happening this year are also a big factor. "We have a Senate race, which has national attention, and a Congressional race," he said.  

Officials urged those voting absentee to make sure their ballots are postmarked by Monday, November 3rd, or are in to the office by Tuesday, November 4th. 

To find more information on absentee voting, visit your county's website.

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