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Long lines for early voting in Iowa


Have you decided who you're voting for in this year's presidential election?

Well, some people already have already cast their ballots in Iowa, one of the few states to allow in-person early voting.

There are 38 until the election, but at the North Lee County Office Building officials said they have gotten over 300 early voters since early voting started on Thursday. 

"Not having to wait, getting in, getting out," said early voter Allen Dorman. 

That's the reason Alllen Dorman and hundreds of others came out to vote with 38 days still remaining in the campaign season.

Dorman said even though the campaign is still in full swing, he has made his decision.

'I think with just these few days left my mind is made up and I don't think there is anything you can do to change that," said Dorman.

Harry Grabowski said he too has made up his mind, and is voting Friday because he thinks it is important and may not be in town on election day.

"I can complain later if my man doesn't get in, I can complain, but if I don't vote I just got to keep quiet and take what I get," said Dorman.

Lee County officials said early voting has become very popular in recent years.

"It has just picked up though within the last few years I have noticed that. I have been here about 16 years and it has just really, really gotten big. Last time, 40 percent of the votes of the general election in 2008 were early votes," said Lee County First Deputy Auditor Denise Fraise.

This election year has also brought some changes to the way people can vote.

New Seattle voting locations will be available in Lee County.

"On October 27th we will have voting at the HyVee in Keokuk and the Hyvee in Fort Madison. October 29th we'll have a satellite voting station set up at the Fort Madison Library then on November 3rd we will have the County Market here in Fort Madison," said Fraise. 

Iowa is actually one of the few states where you can register to vote on election day.

You need a photo ID and proof of your address on election day. 

Residents in 30 other states are also voting, either by absentee ballot or in person voting. 

Strategists project more than one in three voters will cast their votes before election day.  @

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