A chilly morning with temperatures near freezing wasn’t enough to keep Des Moines residents like Greg Schwagger away from the polls.
“It’s just the fact that I can come and vote in person which is nice and also bring my girls so they can see how the process works and understand how important it is,” said Schwagger.
For the first weekend, the Polk County Auditor’s Office was open for early voting, and State Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald says that Iowans took full advantage.
“It really comes in waves. As the Des Moines Farmer’s Market closes, a lot of vendors will come through. There are times where there will be 10 or 15 people in our lobby,” Fitzgerald told Channel 13 News.
Fitzgerald says the season’s final market taking place just yards away played a huge role in the Saturday turnout.
It was the last opportunity for residents to enjoy their favorite foods and a little local music while dressed up for their favorite holiday.
“It’s the best place in town to be outside and eat a burrito,” Des Moines resident, Brett Damos said.
You can vote early at your county auditor’s office Monday through Saturday from 8-5 PM.