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Early Voting Opens in Iowa

Across Iowa on Wednesday, county auditors will begin mailing absentee ballots. Registered voters could request them up to 70 days before the June 7th primary, but state law prevented them from being mailed until 20 days before.

Scott County Auditor Kerri Tompkins says her office has received 800 requests so far.

"It's my understanding that's about average for a primary. The primary election is not a very busy election - it's different in that you have to be registered with a party."

40 per cent of voters in the county are registered as "no party" but Tompkins says they can declare for one of the two main parties and vote in the primary, although not many do.

In-person voting also begins on Wednesday, either at the auditor's office in downtown Davenport or at any of five satellite locations.

They are the Scott County Library in Eldridge, the Rogalski Building at St. Ambrose University, the Bettendorf Public Library, and the Eastern Avenue and Fairmount Street libraries in Davenport.