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Linn County Polling Places See Lower Turnout

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Checking in with poll workers, Donald Murphy saysrain or shine-- this years election is too important to miss.
The issues are still going to be there regardless of what the weather is like, Murphy said.
Gray skies and a little rain may not seem like much to most Iowans, but Linn County election officials fear it may be the reason for lower voter turnout at the polls this year.
Usually it has a negative effect on turnout, said Tim Box, Linn County Deputy Commissioner of Elections. How muchwe cant tell for sure until we know at the end of the night.
Aside from voting for the next president or governor, Linn County usually has a 30 to 35 percent voter turnout for city elections. But this year, they predict a ten percent drop.
Officials also say voters may not find this years issues interesting enough--despite a ballot with includes a mayors race and a vote for a $.01 local option sales tax to fix city streets.
The local option interest has waned a little bit since the last time it was on the ballot, Box said.
But its those issues that Murphy says brought him out in the pouring the rain.
You got potholes everywhere, Murphy said. Im tired of putting money in my vehicle to have it realigned and have shocks fixed.
He says its a chance to exercise his rightswith or without Mother Natures blessing.
I dont care if its raining, wash off the car, Murphy said. Get some of the dirt off the streets.
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