DES MOINES, Iowa — Election officials are getting ready for the rush on the eve of early voting. However, some voters out there still need some time to make up their minds.
“We`re the first purple state that actually votes, which is 40 days out from the election,” said Jamie Fitzgerald, Polk County Auditor. “We firmly expect to have between five and six hundred people through our doors.”
The Polk County Auditor and commissioner of elections are mailing out nearly 20,000 absentee ballots and bracing for the first day of in-person voting at the auditor’s office.
“You can come to our office, we`re located at 120 2nd Avenue, we`re open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday,” said Fitzgerald. “You can come down and vote in person or we have 13 satellite locations, starting Oct. 17, going to the 29th, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., then the final Saturday, they`re going to be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.”
But while voters will have the opportunity to vote early, a lot of folks say they’re not ready because they don’t yet know who they are going to vote for.
“I watched the debate, I mean it`s kind of a clown show, probably not going to vote for Trump or Hillary, so I’m definitely going to go for a third party, it`s just which one,” said Jonathan Peters.
“I know who I’m not going to vote for. I`m not going to say, I’m a teacher,” said Elizabeth Green
Whoever Green ends up voting for, she says she’ll do it on Election Day.
“I just like the atmosphere and seeing everybody out,” said Green.
Eileen Gloor also plans on waiting until Election Day to vote.
“I want to hear all that can be heard and I want to watch the reaction of the American people before that happens,” said Gloor.
The county auditor wants to caution early voters that once you cast your vote, it’s final and you can’t have a do-over, even if you learn something new about the candidates and decide to change your mind