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Early voting in Clinton County lags behind 2012 totals

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CLINTON, Iowa - Voter traffic is starting to pick up in Clinton County these days as the long presidential campaign comes down to the final week.

Out of some 34,000 voters in Clinton County, nearly 10,000 will take advantage of absentee and early voting.

"Get it done, over with, and make sure that the vote gets in there," said voter Leonard Chase on Monday.

But in Clinton County, about 2,000 fewer votes have been cast than in the 2012 presidential election. Other counties in Eastern Iowa are experiencing similar trends.

"We heard early on from voters that they just didn't know which way they were going to go," said Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker.

Voter fatigue and dissatisfaction with the presidential candidates are two reasons why early voting lines aren't long here, some say.

"Oh yes, I think people are very tired of all the campaigning stuff," said Betti Lang, DeWitt, Iowa.

Iowa's first in the nation status creates an even longer campaign cycle. Also, some voters just aren't happy with the way it played out for Republicans and Democrats.

"There's probably some people putting it off until Election Day," said early voter Paul Lang, DeWitt, Iowa.  "I am concerned that people do vote."

While early voting continues through Monday, November 7, 2016, time is running out to return absentee ballots.  They need a postmark by November 7th in order to count.

"It's something that I feel a responsibility to do," Lang concluded.  "Regardless of who's out there, I'm going to be doing that."

The Clinton County Auditor's office will offer early voting from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. through November 7, 2016.

It will also be open for voting on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 8-5.

Clinton County voters can find the office at 1900 North 3rd Street in Clinton.



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