Early voting picks up momentum as satellite voting stations open this week in two of Iowa’s largest counties. Polk County kicked off satellite voting Monday, Black Hawk County this (Tuesday) morning and many of Iowa’s 99 counties are offering it, at places and dates of their choice. Beverly Whipple is a precinct volunteer at a Des Moines senior center, and says most people are glad to vote early. Whipple says some people may worry about what the weather will be like on election day, and others who know who they’re voting for want to get it over with. Whipple says they had more than two-dozen voters cast ballots within the first hour of opening the satellite voting station. But at least one voiced concern about the potential for fraud in early voting. Des Moines real-estate agent Susan Stull says she doesn’t think all the kinks have been worked out yet. She finds it scary that people can register to vote, and vote, at the same place, which could give opportunity for voter fraud especially in college towns. Stull says she’s busy on voting day and appreciates the convenience of satellite voting because she won’t be at her precinct but still thinks the convenience might cause more headaches later. Some voters said they’re going to be out of town on election day, others hope voting early will let them “tune out” the final weeks of heavy campaigning. A selection of speakers talk about wanting to vote early as the campaign’s been upsetting, how it may get more people to the polls to vote, how hard it is for working people to get to the polls and stand in line, or the difficulty for a Drake student who says it’s tough to get time off from her student job to go vote. Many students aren’t yet registered to vote, but the same-day registration only applies to satellite voting. On November second if you’re not registered, you won’t be allowed to vote.
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