Linn County Auditor reflects on Tuesday’s “special”

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller has a Twitter account. (Be sure to read his bio if you click.)  Miller’s posted some interesting thoughts on Tuesday’s special election in Cedar Rapids. 

Here are those tweets:

HD33 election may be 1st time # of absentee votes outnumber # of votes cast at the polls. Could this be prelude to 100% vote by mail? 

A mininum of 968 votes needed to win HD33 election. Democratic candidate received 832 absentee votes before polls opened at 7am (Tuesday). 

Absentee voters accounted for 46.89% of the votes cast in HD33 election. I’m guessing that’s a record that won’t be broken anytime soon. 

Iowa has an expensive voting system. It’s a hybrid: part vote by mail – part vote at polls over 14 hour period. Can we afford it?

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  1. How much does it cost? As much as the film tax credit? As much as the candidates spend on their campaigns?

    Maybe we should dispense with the election altogether–have the county supervisers appoint the legislators. Save our money for building jails, etc.