DES MOINES — Early voting appears to be gaining in popularity, with requests for ballots in the state's most populous county, Polk, about 30 percent higher than they were at this time in 2008.
Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald said there had been 21,995 requests as of Monday.
The Secretary of State's Office said more than 128,000 Iowans had requested ballots as of Friday. Nearly 70 percent of the early ballot requests were made by Democrats, and 12 percent by Republicans.
David Kochel, who works for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, said Republicans focus on supporters who are less likely to vote while Democrats encourage early voters by anyone in the party. — AP
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