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New absentee record set in Black Hawk County

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) - A new absentee voter record was set in Black Hawk County in the 2014 midterm election.

Black Hawk County Auditor Grant Veeder says every year they see growth in voter turnout.

"You always see a steady growth in both categories," said Veeder. "Every off year, you'll have an increase in absentees. Every presidential year, we'll have an increase over the prior presidential."

Having a chance to really break down the numbers, Veeder says this year's turnout is the same as 2010, at 52 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot.

He says this year, though, they did hit a record with most absentee ballots in a midterm election.

"The big difference was in 2010 we had under 14,000 absentee ballots, and this year we had over 20,000," said Veeder.

Veeder says the winners here were the Republicans. He says that's unusual because Democrats usually get out and encourage voters to cast an absentee ballot early.

Usually Republicans are old-fashioned and bank on support coming on Election Day, Veeder said.

This year, the auditor's office saw more Republicans request and return absentee ballots than past years, requesting 6,931 absentee ballots and returning 6,279.

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