Polk County, Iowa Auditor: Strong voter turnout Tuesday

(Des Moines, Iowa)   Polk County Elections Director Jamie Fitzgerald says average voter turnout for Tuesday's city elections was eleven percent, but some specific races attracted a turnout that was quite a bit larger than what's typical for city races.  

Two communities,  Windsor Heights and Sheldahl, had about 41-percent of turnout.   Fitzgerald says turnout was especially strong in smaller communities.

He says the turnout for Des Moines City Council races was stronger than normal, with an average turnout of 14 percent.    He says in the Ward 3 race, nearly 24-percent of eligible voters went to the polls.

He says Iowa's Voter ID law will be in effect for the next elections, so over the next few months, County Auditors will be taking steps to educate the public, about a number of changes voters will notice in future elections.   This is also the last time city races will be held at different times than school board elections.

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