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Early voting causes long lines

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by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Many Iowa voters are already making their voices heard across the state. As of noon Monday some 500,000 absentee ballots had been received by county auditor offices. 234,000 democrats have already cast their vote compared to 145,000 republicans.

Since early Friday, voters in Black Hawk County have been cramming into the court house trying to cast their vote early. The number of people who requested an absentee ballot even broke a record set in 2004.

Annie Wang of Waterloo never thought it would take this long to Vote.

"I don't have a watch so, but it was a long time," said Wang.

Voting by absentee ballot has become a hot trend in the state of Iowa.

"23,000 requests is a new record. We were a little over 22,000 four years ago," said Black Hawk County Auditor Grant Veeder.

For voters like Conor Sullivan the wait is taking it's toll.

"Oh not long for fifteen minutes, but I've only gone through about five percent of the line," said Sullivan.

"I'm very glad I didn't have to stand in the line at all," said Katrina Monroe of Waterloo.  She voted early last week to avoid these long lines. "Just went right up got it taken care of and voted. it didn't take me 10 minutes."

"Voting is very important. It shows your civic pride. It's a good example to set for the kiddies and it's a big election year. There's a lot of big decisions to be made," said Wang.

"You might still see big lines at the polls tomorrow. That in addition to the absentee ballots will make a huge record turnout," said Veeder.

Election officials say if you are looking to avoid long lines on election day you should avoid going during your midday break or right after work. Those will be the busiest times for polling places.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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