13% Of Eastern Iowa Town Has Already Voted

By Mark Carlson, Iowa City Bureau Chief


By Aaron Hepker

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Iowa - Roughly 13% of registered voters in one Eastern Iowa town have already voted in the upcoming election.

Voters in the small town of University Heights will fill five city council seats next Tuesday, but 115 couldn’t wait to make their voices heard. A 13% election turnout could trump turnouts in many communities on election day.

“I think we could see over 50% turnout,” said Travis Weipert, Johnson County auditor. “That’s pretty unheard of.”

A proposed condominium development on the north side of town has caused has caused controversy for several years. Nine candidates range on their support for the project, which is leading to high early voter turnout.

Dozens of election signs line the streets in the small community. Some homes have up to ten signs supporting a wide range of candidates.

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