Huge "Last Minute" Crowds Rush To Vote Early in Johnson County

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - The "last-minute" early voters of Johnson County waited in long lines Monday to cast their vote before election day. Hundreds of voters waited in the lines, which at times extended outside the front doors of the auditors office.

"We've been swamped all day long today, the parking lot has been full, the board of supervisors has opened the employee parking lot," said Johnson County auditor Tom Slockett. "We can see there is a record interest in this election, at least in early voting."

Last week the auditors office exceeded the previous record of early voting requests, set during the 2008 election. More than 45 thousand people have requested to vote early, Slockett said. 40 thousand Johnson County residents voted early in 2008.

It's not clear if the number of people voting early will have any effect on election day voting lines.

"It's hard to say whether that's taking away from what we'll see on election day," said University of Iowa political science professor, Tim Hagle.

Citing history, Slockett believes long lines will still form at many polling places on Tuesday.

"We've always had a very high turnout on election day, so that's what we expect," said Slockett.

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