SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- A special election is underway in Woodbury County to fill a vacant seat on the board of supervisors.
Jeremy Taylor previously held the seat on the board of supervisors but was disqualified when his voter registration was canceled. An Iowa voter registration challenge ruled that Taylor did not live in the district he was representing.
He resigned from his position shortly after the ruling.
For the upcoming election, Woodbury County Republicans picked Justin Wright to run for the seat. Wright is an alternative education teacher at North High School.
He'll face the Democratic nominee Tim Kacena, who has announced he won't run for another term in the Iowa House. Kacena was confirmed as the party's nominee back in February.
The Woodbury County special election on July 7 was originally scheduled for mid-spring. That's when county officials say they received the bulk of mail-in ballot requests.
"The response for this election, we've had over 10,000 requests and we've had over 8,000 ballots returned. So that's what we're doing in here, this is the absentee precinct today," said Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill.
Another option for residents, besides in-person polling, is curb-side voting.
"When voters pull up, they call and we bring it [the ballot] out to them, they cast their ballot in their car, and then we take it, we receive it, and eventually take it to these folks down here for them to be counted," said Gill.
Gill says the process of counting those curb-side votes in combination with so many mail-in votes takes several steps.
"All those ballots that have been returned to us, we've counted them several times upstairs and then we bring them down here. And that's what these folks are doing. They are receiving them and certifying that they've got the same amount of ballots that we received," said Gill.
Once those numbers are certified, the ballots will go through a high-speed scanner.
Many county officials say they are pleased with such a large amount of mail ballots.
"We encouraged people to vote by mail and they took that into consideration, and so that's why I think we had such a great response," said Gill.
Gill said all these efforts to offer different voting methods was to ensure safety among voters, site workers, and the county as a whole.
Seven voting sites will be available to anyone in the county from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Those sites include:
- Clark Elementary
- Riverside Elementary
- Long Lines Family Rec Center
- Nodland Elementary
- Sergeant Bluff/Luton High School
- Moville Community Center
- Oto City Hall