Iowa City School Board Vote Pulling Big Early Voting Numbers

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - The school board election in Iowa City is already pulling in some pretty big numbers at the Auditor's Office.

Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert said more than 1,000 people have voted early, with hundreds voting early on Monday. "We've seen some pretty big lines," Weipert said Monday afternoon. "A lot of people seem interested in this election."

Early indications show an overall turnout could be around 10 percent, county officials say. There are also school board elections in other parts of Johnson County. The last local school board election had about a five percent turnout.

"I think it's deplorable the low voter turnout we always seem to get," said David Brodsky, who voted early Monday. "To me this is as important as any vote one could have."

Nine school board candidates are vying for three open seats. The school board in Iowa City has been at the center of several controversial decisions this year. Most recently the board came under fire after voting to close Hoover Elementary school, which came as a recommendation in an overall district growth plan.

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