Iowans Can Begin Casting 2012 Ballots Thursday

By Rod Boshart, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Early voting in Iowa begins on Thursday. Thousands of Iowans have registered to vote and many will become the first in the nation to cast ballots in the Nov. 6 general election.

In 2008, more than 30 percent of all votes in Iowa were cast before Election Day.

This year's ballot includes candidates for president, as well as competitive congressional races in Iowa's four districts that were redrawn by the Legislature based upon population data from the 2010 Census. Stagnant population growth caused Iowa to lose a congressional seat – causing U.S. Reps. Tom Latham, R-Clive, and Leonard Boswell, D-Des Moines, to be thrown together in the newly drawn 3rd congressional district encompassing the southwestern quadrant of Iowa.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday released a new Benenson Strategy Group poll that shows Boswell and Latham tied with both earning 45 percent of the survey respondents.
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