Turn-out? “Brisk”

UPDATE:  Polk County’s Auditor has deployed more voting machines to deal with long lines at polling places this evening.  Read the latest on statewide turnout here, including stats from Iowa’s largest and smallest counties.  Johnson County is a special case this year.  Read about record voting in the Iowa City-area here.

County auditors in some key areas of the state used the word “brisk” this morning — not to describe the weather, but to describe voter turn-out.  All of the auditors I’ve talked to so far report the phones in their county auditor’s office are ringing off the hook.  People want to know where their polling place is.

You can find your polling place online.  Go to www.IowaVotes.org.  Click on the “find your precinct/polling place” link.  Type in your street address and zip code.  Hit search. Your polling location should pop up.

Below is more election-related information from the Secretary of State’s office:

Polling locations will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

If voters have further questions about their polling place, they should contact their local county auditor’s office. Contact information for county auditors’ offices can be found by visiting www.IowaVotes.gov and clicking on the “Find Your County Auditor” link.

Early Voting 
Completed absentee ballots returned by mail must have been postmarked yesterday, November 1 and received no later than Monday, November 8. Ballots may also be hand delivered to the county auditor’s office until polls close today.

Voters who are not currently registered to vote, but wish to vote on Election Day, may do so by going to their proper polling place and showing photo identification and proof of residency. A current Iowa driver’s license or non-driver ID card with photo and expiration date is one form of identification. Other acceptable forms of identification and more information on this process can be found by visiting www.sos.state.ia.us/elections/voterinformation/voterregistration.html#2www.IowaVotes.gov, by calling the Iowa Secretary of State’s office at 515-281-0145 (toll-free at 1-888-SOS-VOTE), or by contacting your local county auditor’s office.

More information on the November 2 General Election can be found by visiting the Secretary of State’s website at

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About O.Kay Henderson

O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.


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