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Voting on Wheels

IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28)- Driving down 1st Avenue in Iowa City, you can't miss the votemobile.

A trailer that brings the polls to voters on wheels.

"This is the only site where you can vote in a trailer," Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert said.

A votemobile that Nancy Richards said makes casting her vote fast and convenient.

"It takes 30 seconds," Nancy Richards said. " It couldn't be easier. I was here getting groceries anyway."

The Johnson county Auditor's office previously held satellite voting stations inside HyVee stores.

But as the number of voters grew, it became impractical.

"It was perfectly set up for people who are busy and in a hurry," Richards said.

Johnson County is the first every county in Iowa to have a votemobile like this one.

Other satellite voting stations are set up around the county to encourage voters to get out and vote.

But none of the other ones have wheels.

"It's critical. A couple votes can change an election," Weipert said.

The office said there has already been a record turnout for early voting. But they hope mobile voting will add to those numbers.

"I always try to vote early if I can and make sure I get my vote in," Richards said.

 
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