Vote 2012: Too Close to Call?

By Jillian Petrus, Reporter

LINN COUNTY - Could we ending up waiting until well after election night for the final results of the presidential race?

That's a real possibility, because of situations in several states. For example, here in Iowa thousands of voters haven't returned their absentee ballots yet.

Here are the latest numbers from the Iowa Secretary of State. On November third, about 81,600 absentee ballots were still out. In Iowa's Second Congressional District, county auditors are waiting for around 20,000 ballots.

Voters say they're impressed with the record high early turnout, but with ballots still waiting to come in, many wonder if we'll have a result on election night.

"It seems really close in a lot of states," said Linn County voter, Ryan Norton. "I hope it's over by Wednesday night, but it might not be."
It took about an average of thirty minutes for voters to reach the ballot box at the Linn County Auditors office on Monday. They stayed busy all afternoon Monday.

"We'll have more coming out of that and that's just absentee and early voting," explained Election Official, Joe Stutler.

Thousands of absentee ballots in Iowa and across the country are still out. Add to this a natural disaster on the east coast, and voters say this election might last longer than anyone wants it to.

"With everything that's gone on with the hurricane, there are so many places that are going to be waiting," said Jennifer Grindle.

Many voters reflected on the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Some suspect it could be a week, if not more, before the full result comes in. But every voter we talked to said they hope that's not the case, they're simply running out of patience.

"You can't get away from it," Norton said. "The tone isn't very positive on either side. I think everyone is read to move on."

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