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Nearly 200,000 Iowans have already voted on the election

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The election is still a month away, but nearly 200,000 Iowans have already cast their ballots and election officials say the pace of early voting is likely to quicken beginning this week.

Still, the pace of early voting isn't keeping pace with the election four years ago when groups like MoveOn.org made absentee voting a centerpiece of their strategy.

In 2004, nearly one-third of the 1.5 million votes cast were by absentee. As of Monday afternoon, just over 190,000 had cast ballots.

That number could swell because local election officials opened satellite voting operations on Monday. That will let voters cast ballots at libraries, community centers and other spots.

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