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Across America people are heading to the polls and casting their ballots

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Steady morning voter turnout was reported at polling sites in Sioux City. Steady morning voter turnout was reported at polling sites in Sioux City.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

It's election day and nationwide, people are heading to the polls in big numbers. Steady morning voter turnout was reported at polling sites in Sioux City.

There were voters waiting to get in when polls opened at North Middle School in Sioux City. There were plenty of signs pointing voters in the right direction, so they could cast their ballot and head back to work. Poll workers say it's been a steady flow of voters all morning, feeding off of the absentee voting that's happened over the last month.

Volunteer poll worker Arlene Kjeldseth said there was a short line of people waiting outside the school before it opened for voting. The poll workers at North Middle expected things to be busy all long, up until the polls close at 9:00 p.m.

Among the closely-watched races in Siouxland is the one for the state's newly-drawn 4th Congressional District. Incumbent Republican Steve King is being challenged by Democrat Christy Vilsack, the former first lady of Iowa and wife of U.S. Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack. King, who has held onto this former 5th District seat comfortably for five terms is facing his first real re-election challenge in Vilsack, and the polls show it's a close race.

Also in Iowa Tuesday, voters are voting for or against the retention of State Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins. Two years ago, three of his fellow justices were removed by voters after the Supreme Court's unanimous decision that allowed same-sex marriage in Iowa.

There's a spirited race for U.S. Senate in Nebraska for the seat being vacated by Democrat Ben Nelson. Former Nebraska Senator and Governor Bob Kerrey moved back to the state to run for this seat. He's going against Republican State Senator Deb Fischer of Valetine and the latest polls show what had been a strong lead for her has narrowed considerably.

In the race for South Dakota's lone seat in the U.S. House, incumbent Republican Kristi Noem is being challenged by Democratic challenger and political newcomer Matt Varilek.

Again in Iowa, polls close at 9 p.m.

In Nebraska, the polls close Tuesday night at 8:00. South Dakota polls are open until 7:00pm.

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