VOTING STARTS: Casting Election Ballots Early

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Thursday marks the first day of early voting in the state.

Iowans can start casting their votes for Statehouse lawmakers, U.S. Congressional candidates, and in the presidential race.

“Iowa does have 40 days of early voting we also have no fault absentee so anybody for any reason can request a ballot to be voted early,” says Mary Mosiman, Iowa Deputy of Elections.

Voters can vote in person at their local county auditor’s office or request a ballot be mailed to their home. The ballot has to be mailed back with a November 5th post mark or earlier. It can also be returned in person before Election Day.

Over time, early voting has grown in the state in part because campaigns are asking people to vote early and also because more people want to vote when it's convenient for them.  

"It's just in our society everybody's busy so this the way Iowa allows early voting. It allows you to vote like I said in the comfort of your own home without leaving work, without making special arrangements you don't have to stand in line at the polls on Election Day. Iowa has a very accessible method of getting your vote cast early,” says Mosiman.

In Iowa, voter turnout is expected to reach 70-percent, that's 1.9 million active registered voters.  Of those, 190,000 have requested an early ballot.

As of 5:00 p.m. Thursday the downtown Polk County Auditors office reported 550 people had early voted.  That breaks down to 401 Democrats, 90 Republicans and 57 with no party affiliation.

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