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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Some Iowans aren't waiting til election day to cast their ballot, instead, choosing to vote early.

"Well, I might have other things to do. What if you get backed up? And you know, it's your duty, gotta do this," said John Knopf of Dubuque.

As of Friday, more than 565,393 registered voters have cast their ballots, according the Iowa Secretary of State.

So far, Democrats have cast about 41,000 more than Republicans. "That's kind of normal, the Democratic party started working and encouraging people to vote early a couple of elections before Republicans did, so I think Democrats are into that habit a little more," said Denise Dolan, Dubuque County Auditor.

In the first congressional district, which include the cities of Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Dubuque -- it's the same situation. More Democrats have voted early.

That doesn't mean Republicans won't be turning out in big numbers come Tuesday.

As a battleground state for the presidential race, many Iowans recognize the importance of exercising their right to vote. "Women weren't able to vote for years, and we had to fight  for our right to vote, and I'm gonna make sure I get mine in," said Heather Kemp.

As for those worried about voter fraud, "There are various groups out there who are trying to confuse voters...but voters need to be aware," said Dolan.

As for independent voters, they've cast nearly 129,000 ballots. 

If you voted absentee, you can call your county's election office to verify your ballot was received.

Dubuque's county auditor reminds voters to make sure the ballot envelope is signed because if returned without a signature, they won't be able to count your vote.

Early voting ends Monday. As for Tuesday, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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