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Absentee voting creates minor procedural snag, voter turnout up

November 7, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican


An increase in absentee voting slowed polling slightly Tuesday.

Dawn Williams, Marshall County auditor and recorder, said many people losing their absentee ballots contributed to a lag in the process during the general election.

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Future-voter Anessa Morrison, 4, of Marshalltown, watches her mom Ruzan cast her vote at the Fisher Community Center Tuesday evening.

However, Williams said the new voter check-in, made possible with a new program Precinct Atlas, offset some of that lag.

The voter check-in is still in its infancy, and Williams said it would likely take a few more major elections to determine its impact.

However, this election both Democrats and Republicans have pushed absentee voting an unprecedented amount.

More than 11,000 of Marshall County's 25,000 registered voters voted absentee. Williams, who ran unopposed on the Republican ticket, said the number is the highest she has seen since becoming auditor.

Voter turnout was more than in previous presidential election in 2008, Williams said. Voters cast 18,948 ballots, up slightly from the 18,758 people who voted the previous presidential election.



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