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Decision time

Still time to vote early or return absentee ballots Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for those wishing to vote in-person

It’s just five days until the Nov. 3 general election when Hamilton County voters will be asked to cast their ballots for county, state and national offices.

Earlier this week, Hamilton County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Kim Schaa reported that more 4,000 had requested absentee ballots or had voted early. That tops the previous high of 3,505 in 2012 and 3,309 in 2016.

“For the first time ever, we’ve seen lines at our window of people wishing to vote,” said Auditor Kim Schaa.

“With about 10,000 registered voters in Hamilton County, that’s 40 percent of registered voters requesting ballots,” she said.

There are still three days left to cast ballots prior to Election Day on Tuesday. Voters can go to the Hamilton County Courthouse Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voting is also open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The final day of early voting is Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Schaa said that completed absentee ballots can be dropped off at her office, even on Tuesday up until the polls close. There is also a drop box right outside the lower level courthouse door.

Where do I vote?

For those who choose to vote in-person on Tuesday, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. all across the county. Voters are required to provide a form of ID before receiving and casting a ballot. Voters who wish to register at the polls or have changed residences since the last election, will need to provide proof of residence, according to Schaa.

The polling sites are as follows:

¯ Precinct 1: Trinity Lutheran Church, 1229 Kathy Lane, Webster City, including the City of Kamrar, Cass Township, Freedom Township, Fremont Township, Independence Township.

¯ Precinct 2: Blairsburg City Hall, 516 Lake St., Blairsburg, including the City of Blairsburg, City of Williams, Blairsburg Township, Liberty Township, Williams Township

¯ Precinct 3: Stanhope Community Center, 600 Main St., Stanhope, including City of Stanhope, City of Stratford, Clear Lake Township, Hamilton Township, Marion Township, Webster Township

¯ Precinct 4: South Hamilton High School, 315 Division St., Jewell, including the City of Jewell, City of Randall, Ellsworth Township, Lyon Township

¯ Precinct 5: Trinity Lutheran Church, Fellowship Room, 1629 DeWitt St., Ellsworth, including City of Ellsworth, Lincoln Township, Rose Grove Township, Scott Township

¯ Webster City 1: Webster City Fire Station, 919 Superior St., Webster City, City of Webster City First Precinct

¯ Webster City 2: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1005 Beach St., Webster City, City of Webster City Second Precinct

¯ Webster City 3: First Baptist Church, 543 Division St., Webster City, City of Webster City Third Precinct

In addition to the presidential race, Hamilton County voters will also be asked to cast ballots for the U.S. Senate race with incumbent Republican Joni Ernst facing challenger Democrat Theresa Greenfield, and a District 4 Congressional race with Republican Randy Feenstra facing Democrat J.D. Scholten.

Democrat Cynthia Oppedal Paschen is running against Republican Jesse Green for the Iowa Senate District 24 seat. Republican Robert Bacon is seeking re-election to the Iowa House District 48 seat and is being challenged by Democrat Jack Friend.

Democrat Jerry Kloberdanz is running unopposed for the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors District 1 seat, currently held by Doug Bailey, who decided not to seek re-election.

Republican Dan Campidilli is seeking re-election to the Board of Supervisors District 2 seat. He is unopposed.

Doug Timmons, also unopposed, is seeking re-election to the office of Hamilton County Sheriff.

Also on the ballot are three seats on the Van Diest Medical Center board of trustees. Robert Knutson, David Everson and Taylor Peterson are all seeking re-election.

Voters will also be asked to select soil and water conservation district commissioners, and county agricultural extension council members. Iowa Supreme Court Justices, Court of Appeals Judges, District 28 Court Judges and Associate Judges are on the ballot and voters will be asked whether or not they should be retained.

The ballot also features a public measure question of whether there should be convention to revise the constitution and propose amendments.

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