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Absentee votes climb, crowds expected at polls

Monday, November 5, 2012

Election Day is Tuesday -- but more than 5,000 Plymouth County active registered voters have already cast their ballots in the 2012 General Election.

As of this morning (Monday) approximately 5,600 absentee ballots had been turned into the auditor's office in the county courthouse.

Auditor Stacey Feldman said she expects that figure to increase by the end of the day, noting that people were already lining up at 8:30 a.m. today to cast their ballot.

The deadline to vote absentee is 5 p.m. today.

The number of absentee ballots cast is already more than the total 4,500 cast during the 2008 presidential election, Feldman said.

She attributes the increase in people voting absentee to more awareness of the option, the ease of filling out the ballot in the auditor's office or mailing it in, Feldman said.

Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by 5 p.m. today, and arrive at the auditor's office by noon Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The county board of supervisors will canvass, or finalize voting numbers, the election that day.

In addition to absentee voting, a high voter turnout is also expected at the polls, open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Historically, presidential elections have brought a lot of voters to the polls, Feldman said.

She advised that people should allow plenty of time when going to vote because they may have to wait in line.

In addition, voters will not be allowed to call or talk on cell phones inside the poll locations, Feldman said.

The deadline to register to vote in Tuesday's General Election the usual way has passed, but people can still follow the Election Day Registration (EDR) process at the polls.

Feldman said since the deadline, there have been about 20 people who have have cast absentee ballots through the EDR process.

For the EDR residents must present a photo ID such as an Iowa driver's license, passport or government-issued ID.

In addition, people need proof of residency and can use items such as current driver's licenses, bank statements, utility bills or paychecks, Feldman explained.

"It's only if you haven't registered yet," she said. "If you are registered, you don't have to do the EDR process at the polls."

Voting results for the state and national races will be on the Iowa Secretary of State's website, which can be accessed via a link on the county's site, www.co.plymouth.ia.us.

Results for the local races including board of supervisors, sheriff, auditor, soil and water conservation, Fredonia Township clerk and ag extension will be available on the county's site.

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Are there any consequences to using a phone while voting? For example if a person uses their smart vote to gather information on how he or she wants to vote.....is there a consequence?

-- Posted by Judy Cuevas-Freking on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 12:09 PM

Iowa code states



1. No more than one person shall be allowed to occupy any voting booth at any time. The use of cameras, cellular telephones, pagers,or other electronic communications devices in the voting booth is prohibited.

However if you do require assistance the staff will assist you.

-- Posted by justdave on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 2:59 PM

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-- Posted by blueButGlad on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 5:27 PM

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