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Early voting is underway in Tama County-By John Speer Central Iowa Press

October 18, 2018
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“There’s a lot of interest since early voting started on Tuesday (Oct. 9),” Tama County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Laura Kopsa said Thursday afternoon, Oct. 11. She said she believed the early voting totals were a bit ahead of the last General Election, so far. A total of 855 ballots had been cast by 2 p.m. on Thursday according to Elections Administrator Karen Rohrs. A total of 162 absente ballots came in to the office on Thursday. Absentee ballots may be requested until Oct. 27. An absentee ballot application may be obtained at the Tama Co. Auditor’s Office - website at or from the Office of the Secretary of State website Early votes may also be cast in person in the polling place site set up in the Tama County Administration Building, 104, West State St., Toledo, between 8-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, through Nov. 5. The polling place will also be open on Sat., Oct 27, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. On the Nov. 7 ballot in Tama County are 1st District U.S. Representative, Governnor-Lt. Governor, Secretaries of State and Agriculture posts, State Treasurer and State Auditor and the Iowa House District 72 seat. For Tama County, 1st District Supervisor, County Attorney, Treasurer and Recorder positions are on the ballot. On Oct. 11, Tama County election records showed a total of 11,101 voters registered— Democrats- 2,979; Republicans- 3,335; No Party- 4,740; Libertarian- 40; Other- 7. Those records vary as party affiliation is switched by some voters Rhors said. “I hope every eligible Iowan makes their voice heard by participating in this election,” Secretary of State Paul Pate said. “Iowa has no-excuse absentee voting, which means every eligible Iowan can vote by mail, in-person at your county auditor’s office, at a satellite voting location, or at the polls on Election Day. Part of being voter ready means having a plan on how and when you’re going to cast your ballot. I generally think it’s a good idea to vote early.”

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Tama County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Laura Kopsa (right) and Elections Administrator Karen Rohrs are shown in the early voting station in the Tama County Administration Building in Toledo on Thursday, Oct. 11. Early voting began on Tuesday with absentee and polling place balloting available.
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