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Decision 2020: Voting in Woodbury, Ida County

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- Just two weeks out from the General Election on Nov. 3, voters are running out of time to request an absentee ballot.

Woodbury County auditor Pat Gill and Ida County auditor Lorna Steenbock both said they've seen promising numbers for voter turnout this election.

Gill and Steenbock want voters to know the last day to request an absentee ballot is Saturday, Oct. 24 by 5 p.m.

In Woodbury County, auditor Pat Gill said 21,000 absentee ballot requests have been sent in, with more than 15,000 ballots sent back out. He says the county is seeing a slowdown in requests as election day approaches.

Gill projects high numbers for voter turnout in Woodbury County this year, despite the pandemic.

"We just want to make sure that whatever way they choose to do that that they do participate, and that's what we're seeing from folks. We're projecting around 75% to 80% turnout, which would be about 44,000 voting," said Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill.

Gill said if you choose to vote in person, to surrender your absentee ballot at the poll when you go to vote, or else the process will be slow to confirm you aren't voting twice.

In Ida County, Iowa, County Auditor Lorna Steenbock said she's impressed with the numbers this year, as well. She says out of the 4,800 registered voters in the county, 1,400 have already voted early in some way.

Steenbock said she has seen a consistent uptick in voters choosing to vote absentee in the county. This year, she has pushed for it as a safe way to vote.

Steenbock says in-person polling locations are open.

"We're asking voters to please be patient at the voting locations. All polling locations will be open in Ida County. Wards 1, 2 and 3 in Ida Grove are all going to vote in the community room at the rec center," said Steenbock.

Steenbock said for the general election, she had to recruit new poll workers, due to her normal workers, who most are high risk for COVID-19, opting out this year.

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