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Absentee voting becoming trendier around Siouxland

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Woodbury County auditor Pat Gill says the county is very close setting a new early voting record. Woodbury County auditor Pat Gill says the county is very close setting a new early voting record.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Experts say a big turnout is expected Tuesday. At the Woodbury County Courthouse voters are casting their ballots early. It may seem empty, but these poll workers say they've definitely noticed an uptick in traffic.

"I've enjoyed when it's busy because the day sure flies by and the last 2-3 days we've been busy," said Tom Beauvais, a poll worker.

Beauvais is one of the workers at the downtown county courthouse early voting site. He says many people are still finding out they can vote early.

"We've had a lot of people that were first time voters who haven't voted in such a long time that they aren't even registered," said Beauvais.

Pat Gill, the Woodbury County Auditor says while early voting numbers are on the rise, the majority of people still vote early by mail, rather than going to places such as the downtown county courthouse in person.

But Gill says Woodbury County is very close setting a new early voting record.

"In 2008 we had just a little over 20,000 vote early. We're approaching that rapidly now. We still have 3 days of early voting left to take place," Gill said.

Something else that's changed this election is the number of early Republican voters. Gill says historically Democrats have done a much better job of getting out the vote early.

"Actually the gap is narrowed between the Democrats and Republicans who have requested absentee ballots and those who have turned them in," Gill said.

Gill says the presidential election usually draws more voters. And says people are discovering early voting is a lot more convenient. Some people we talked with at the courthouse agree.

"Because of the long lines, and because I'm an out of town salesman sometimes, it's hard for me to get back," Dave Sandvick, a Sioux City resident said.

The Woodbury County Auditor also wants to remind everyone, that absentee ballots must get mailed and postmarked by this Monday. He says absentee ballots on Election Tuesday must be delivered to the auditor's office before polls close to get counted.

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