Early Voting in Cedar Rapids Slower Than Predicted
By Dave Franzman, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- Early voting for the Cedar Rapids municipal election on November 5th isn’t coming in as heavy as expected. And that’s even with the highly-publicized 1-cent local option sales tax extension on the ballot.
Absentee voting in Linn County began early this month. Linn County Auditor Joel Miller said as of Monday morning, 1,577 people had requested an absentee ballot. A total of 1,028 had either returned the ballots or voted early in the auditor’s office.
Miller said based on those early returns, he’s projecting a municipal election turnout of about 20 percent for the Cedar Rapids races and option tax question. Miller was expecting more considering all the attention to the option tax issue and focus solely on its use for street projects.
“I can’t explain it, I don’t know why people aren’t getting out and voting early. I’m just hoping they’ll all show up at the polls,” Miller said.
Miller said a 20 percent turnout this year would produce about the same number of voters in Cedar Rapids as the municipal elections in 2009. When the LOST question was on the ballot buy itself in May of 2011, the turnout was more than 26 percent.
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