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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

While the general election is more than 25 days away, some Iowans have their minds made up.

Early voters are heading out to cast their ballots in the midst of the final election push.

The 2016 Presidential Race has been one of the most contentious campaigns in American history.

Scandals aside, several Americans are already making their decision to cast their ballots early.

"I just don't like the way it's been for the last 8 years, and I want change," early voter, Chuck Shrader said.

"I am a Democrat, and I like Hillary," early voter, Linda Werner said.

Early voters were eager to share who they want to lead the country, but according to county officials, the number of people voting absentee is down more than 4,000 people.

We asked Black Hawk County Auditor, Grant Veeder, "Why?"

"That is the $64,000 question. It's something we've been discussing here internally, looking at absentee turnout on a weekly basis, and hoping to get some sort of a sign," Veeder said.

Even though you can register to vote in person on election day at the polls, workers encourage people to register early, by returning their appropriate documentation here at the Black Hawk County Courthouse no later than October 29th. But, if you're mind is made up, the answer is clear.

"Do it early. Don't wait. A flat tire on the way to the courthouse on election day may cancel you out. You can vote if you've made up your mind, but if you haven't, you should wait in terms of who you wish to support."

Despite political differences, early voters seem to agree that casting ballots early is the way to go.

"To avoid the crowds at schools. I like to do it early," Werner said.

"If I get called out of town on election day, then I miss out," Shrader said.

Election officials say both parties haven't pushed to promote early voting like previous elections.

Also, another reason why there's a lower turnout of early voters, people are expressing they're unhappy with all candidates, and they aren't voting this year..

To register, you can visit http://www.co.black-hawk.ia.us/ for more information.

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