Johnson County Trying New Ideas to Increase Voting

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - The Johnson County Auditor's Office is trying some new things in an effort to increase voter turnout for the upcoming June primary. Early voting started Thursday and this week officials rolled out an interesting list of satellite voting sites.

The sites include a booth at an upcoming farmers market, a pizza place on the pedestrian mall and in the parking lot of a local Hy-Vee grocery store.

"We're trying to be as progressive as we can be," said Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert. "We are always willing to try something new."

Early voting sites will also be set-up in traditional locations as well, which include local libraries and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Voter turnout is already expected to be good with several highly contested races involving local and state officials. In Johnson County the democratic primary for county attorney has already attracted a lot of attention. Incumbent Janet Lyness is trying to hold-off recent law school graduate John Zimmerman. Zimmerman has vowed to end the prosecution of public intoxication and small marijuana possession offenses.

Election day is June 3rd.
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