Dubuque County sees high turnout in the midterms

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – Many people think the day after the election means it’s done and over with, but that isn’t the case for the folks in the Dubuque County Auditor’s Office.

“People think once the election’s done, it’s done. Well it’s not done for us,” said Dubuque County Auditor Denise Dolan.

This year, the midterms showed a higher turnout than in years prior. Dolan said they saw roughly 66 percent of eligible voters in Dubuque County cast a ballot Tuesday.

“It wasn’t to presidential election heights, but it was busy. If anything, I think it’s a good warm up to the presidential elections in two years,” she said.

Dolan said during the presidential election, that number was about 71 percent of registered voters in the county.

Another change this year was the lack of straight-ticket voting in the state.

“This is the first time people did not have straight party voting in Iowa. So I think everybody is kind of looking at the results and seeing we did see more flipping than we would have,” she said.

Dolan said that the lack of being able to pick a single party might have attributed to some of the upsets in certain races.

“A lot of people have gone in and looked at the length of the ballot and said ‘I’m just going to pick this party.’ Well, they can’t do that anymore.”

Dolan said they are still receiving ballots in the mail and they will go into the final count that is expected to come out in the middle part of next week.

The County also say a higher than normal rate of early voting. She said more and more people find it convenient to vote when they have time instead of on election day.

Collin Dorsey

Collin Dorsey

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