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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -

24-hours from Monday, votes will be cast and preliminary results will be in for the next President of the United States.

Many voters avoided the long lines Election Day will bring by casting their vote on Monday.

However those in Black Hawk County voting Monday, they weren't able to completely avoid the line.  The voters waited nearly an hour to cast what many are considering the most important vote of their lives.

"Oh my. Very, very, very, very," said voter Diane Sorenson.

"It is an important election. We wanted to make sure we were participating and doing our civic duty to make sure the right person gets in the office," said voter Reatha Phillips.

Who ends up in the Oval Office next, according to KWWL's Political Analyst Dr. Chris Larimer the election won't be determined by voters changing their mind last minute, but by turn out.

The campaigns "are focused on getting their active voters out and making sure those voters who are regular voters know where to go if they haven't voted; have plans to go out and vote. The persuasion elements at this point, you aren't going to move the number at all. It really is mobilizing those that are already supporters and making sure they are getting out to vote," said Dr. Larimer.

"I voted for Trump. I just believe that the policies he promises to put in place line up more with my beliefs," said voter Brent Grosse.

"I voted for Hillary Clinton. I just feel like she stands behind the values that I have for myself and professionally and for the people I care about," said voter Elizabeth Martin.

Trump claims he is drawing first time voters of all ages; if true, it is something that could play a large part in election results.

"We know that voting is a habit. You do it once, you are more likely to do it. On the other hand, if you haven't done it before, you are less likely to be a voter. If he is able to mobilize intermittent voters or even irregular votes who rarely participate, that would be significant. But it is one of those things we won't know until after Election Day," said Dr. Larimer.

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