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The swing state of Iowa is in full swing on election far reports coming in on the process...

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Turnout appears to be high in the metro area, with only a few minor Election Day glitches reported.

“I think it’s heavy everywhere; but we’re not calling into the precincts to see what turnout is,” said Jamie Fitzgerald, Polk County auditor. “It’s just too busy for that.”

A ballot reading machine at Plymouth Congressional Church in Des Moines needed to be replaced this morning. Two other county polling places started the day without power.

“That’s why we have paper ballots,” Fitzgerald said. “If there are any issues or interruptions in terms of powers or malfunctions, we’ve still got the paper ballots. Everybody’s vote counts.”

More after the squiggly line thingy....


Elsewhere in the state, poll workers at a Dubuque church dealt with faulty voting machines. Voters at St. Columkille Catholic Church were filling out ballots by hand shortly after the polling place’s 7 a.m. opening, according to the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald. Reports indidicate the machines were back and running by 7:45 a.m.
Election Day is in full swing as Quad-City voters hit the polls on their way to work this morning.

Polling sites in Rock Island County opened the doors at 6 a.m. to small and mid-sized crowds, but lines grew as early morning workers hurried to cast ballots before their workday began.

In Scott County, Election Day began at 7 a.m., and at least two sites in Davenport had lines of voters waiting since 6 a.m., officials said.

Voters waiting in line this morning said they were “anxious,” to vote and to have the long, drawn-out campaign over.
Rosemary Rinaldi, who greeted voters at Duck Creek Park Lodge in Davenport’s 6th Ward, said her morning had been “extremely busy,” sensing there was higher voter turnout than in 2008.

“People are eager to vote and willing to wait in line,” Rinaldi said.

Her site had more than 300 voters between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., according to George Bleich, chairman of D64 precinct. He also said turnout seems busier than in 2008.

Historically the 6th Ward has leaned Republican.

At a voting site at First Christian Church in Davenport’s 5th Ward, which has leaned Democratic, D54 precinct chairman Richard Heishman reported that turnout initially was busy and has remained steady, but not more than in 2008.

“We didn’t open till 7 a.m., and there was a line since 6 a.m.,” Heishman said. “There was a line in 2008, too.”

Precinct officials at 5th and 6th wards voting sites reported no problems this morning.

Davenport Police Capt. Dale Sievert confirmed that as of 11:30 a.m. police had not received any reports of problems at voting sites.

Heavy voting was still going on by 12 noon in Council Bluffs.
“We’ve been busy,” said Sue Senden, poll judge at Precinct 13, the Senior Center. “It’s been a nice stream. We had people waiting in line for the first three hours.”
According to her figures, 173 had cast their ballots by lunchtime, she said.
“There have been no problems and everybody has been great,” Senden said.
The same could be said at nearby Precinct 15 at the Masonic Temple, where 137 people had voted by noon, said Patti Ford, poll judge there.
“That’s very good for this precinct,” she said. “And, things have gone very smoothly.”
The county auditor says a few voters in Pottawattamie County are upset about being late for work after problems at voting precincts.
Marilyn Jo Drake says glitches happened Tuesday morning at about 10 of the 40 precincts, causing a wait in at least two locations.
Drake says delays of 15 to 20 minutes caused "a little bit of anger in a couple of precincts.
She blamed the problem on identification labels that allow voters to confirm their information without having to handprint it on rosters. Some of the labels got put into the wrong "port" of the voting machines.
Drake says "we had some workers panic" but fixed the problem as quickly as they could.
The problem didn’t affect counting of ballots.
For the 14th time, Lyle Jones cast his ballot in a presidential election.
The 71-year-old stopped by American Legion Post 141 in his hometown of Glenwood Tuesday morning.
“It’s our civic duty,” he said. “It’s the only time we have to voice our pleasure. Or displeasure.”
Jones noted the voting age was 21 when he first cast a ballot, in 1960. That year he supported then-Vice President Richard Nixon against John F. Kennedy.
As he left Jones greeted an acquaintance as she entered the American Legion. The hall hosted voters from Glenwood Wards 2 and 3, with friends and neighbors exchanging pleasantries on both sides of the room (and aisle).
A “steady stream” of voters made their way in on a sunny morning, according to ward three chair Denise Jacobsen.
“We’ve been steady. The sun is shining, people are in good spirits,” she said. “We hope more start showing up so we’re not bogged down tonight.”
After months of television ads and dozens of campaign rallies, Siouxland voters got their chance to weigh in Tuesday. Polls opened at 7 a.m. in Iowa and South Dakota and 8 a.m. in Nebraska.

In Iowa, polls were busy but with few lines, in part because up to 40 percent of voters cast their ballots early.

At Faith Lutheran Church on Hamilton Boulevard in Sioux City, about 85 people had cast ballots within the first 30 minutes after polls opened. Woodbury County election officials set up additional voting booths at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Geneva Street in Sioux City to handle crowds.

Nearly 2,500 people had hit the polls in Plymouth County as of about 11:45 a.m., according to the county auditor.

In South Sioux City, a Somalian interpreter was brought in to help at the polling place in First Luterhan Church on Dakota Avenue.  Click here here for more.

No problems had been reported at Siouxland polling places in the first hours on voting Tuesday.

Iowa Secretary of State's Office spokesman Chad Olsen said Story County had problems with electronic poll books used to check in voters. He says poll workers reverted to paper copies, so voting delays were minimized.

Record early voting in Iowa has made daytime voter turnout tough to read, the Secretary of State’s Office said.

“It’s hard to gauge by lines at the polling places what our turnout’s going to be, because we’ve never had literally almost of half of our people voting early before,” said Chad Olson, chief of staff for Secretary Matt Schultz.

With absentee ballots still arriving, Olson counts more than 637,000 early votes cast in Iowa for this election.

“It pretty much shattered the old record of 545,000,” Olson said, noting a 25 percent increase.
About 1.5 million Iowans voted in 2004 and the same in 2008, Olson said. About 40 percent of Iowans will have voted early if those totals stay true in 2012.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Don't like reading about (2+ / 0-)
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    murasaki, RunawayRose

    the high turnout in a Republican area.

  •  Wisconsin Voters (5+ / 0-)

    Yesterday I spent 5+hours making phone calls to Wis voters. 75% of those voters who answered were strong Obama supporters. 40% were early voters.


  •  I'll be watching Iowa (4+ / 0-)
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    RunawayRose, 57andFemale, Danali, Vatexia

    with great interest.  My Romney-voting sister (breaks my heart) and her husband moved there a few years ago.  I SO hope Iowa goes to Obama.

    He who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. ~ Arab Proverb

    by Terre on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:57:59 AM PST

  •  Early voting... (1+ / 0-)
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    really makes a huge difference on Election Day....hopefully the OFA people have done a great job of getting the remaining voters on their lists to the polls today and we should carry Iowa.

  •  Early voting in Polk County... (0+ / 0-)
    The auditor of Iowa’s most populous county expects voter turnout this election to break 2008 records, he said today.

    Polk County has 263,443 registered voters, Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald said, and 215,751 voted in the county during the last presidential election.

    Fitzgerald cited “extremely steady” lines at polling places throughout Tuesday morning along with record early voting as indicators of a larger turnout.

    Workers at several of Polk County’s 177 polling sites found voters waiting for doors to open at 7 a.m., Fitzgerald said, “which is very rare.”

  •  Another update...smooth as buttah! (0+ / 0-)
    No news is good news for state officials tasked with overseeing voting in Iowa.

    Aside from a few technical hiccups, residents have been able to cast their ballots without disruption today, said Chad Olsen, communications director for Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz.

    “The good news is we haven’t heard anything that’s caused any problems for voters,” he said. “It seems to be smooth sailing so far.”

    Some ballot-reading machines — one in Des Moines and a few in Dubuque — experienced technical glitches early this morning.

    “But those issues were cleared up pretty quickly,” Olsen said.

    Software used to check in voters in Pottawattamie and Story counties also malfunctioned. Poll workers simply reverted to paper copies of the voter rolls, avoiding delays, Olsen said.

    Iowans have until 9 p.m. tonight to cast their ballot.

    “We hope things continue to go like they’ve been going,” Olsen said.

  •  More updates....early voting trumps the polls... (0+ / 0-)
    Auditors in northwestern Iowa counties reported average or lower voter turnouts Tuesday affected by higher early voting numbers, a story consistent with counties elsewhere in the state.

    Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill conducted an 11 a.m. call with polling place workers who counted 7,500 voters by late morning. At that point during Election Day 2008, the county had seen 8,800 voters, he said.

    Gill explains it the same way other county auditors and state officials have: Record early voting in Iowa.

    “Our early voting numbers are probably up about 1,000 from what we were four years ago,” he said. “So the Election Day turnout is behind what it was in 2008, but the early voting is ahead. So it would be about the same.”

    Woodbury County, which includes most of Sioux City, set up 44 polling places for its 64,5700 registered voters. Gill expects about 44,000 of those registered to have voted by 9 p.m. , when polls close. Nearly half of those – about 22,000 – will have voted early, he said.

    About 90 miles northeast in Clay County, Auditor Marjorie Pitts drove between her eight polling locations.

    “Voter turnout is very good,” she said while traveling. “We have approximately 12,500 registered voters and over 3,500 absentee ballots that are in the process of being counted.”

    She expected 80 percent of voters to have cast ballots by the time polls closed. The lines at polling places remained steady by midday, she said, some filled with newly christened voters.

    “We have a lot of Election Day registrants that have been coming to the polls and showing their (information) in order to register to vote, so we’re exceeding that as well,” Pitts said.

    Along Iowa’s northern border, Auditor Amber Garman of Kossuth County also reported a record number of early ballots but said an event hall hosting seven precincts remained busy by the afternoon.

    “I can’t tell you how it’s going to end up, but we had more absentee voting going on. At this point, I think our turnout is actually better than 2008,” she said.

    Kossuth County claims 11,900 registered voters. Garman expected about 9,000 of those to cast ballots, a number consistent with previous election cycles. If that’s true, about a third will have voted early. Kossuth counted more than 3,800 absentee ballots, Garman said, an Election Day record.

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