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With the mid-term General Election less than a week away, absentee voting has been busy in both Washington and Johnson counties.
Sue Meeks, Washington County Election Administrator, reported that, as of Monday, 1,453 registered Republican voters had requested absentee ballots, with 1,107 of them having been returned.
There were also 1,092 ballots requested by registered Democrats, with 818 of them having been returned.
In the Johnson County portion of Senate District 39, a seat currently held by Democrat Kevin Kinney, 3,055 Democrats have requested absentee ballots, with 2,025 having been returned.
Republicans in the district have requested 1,436 ballots, with 873 having been returned.
Absentee voting for the Nov. 6 election began on Oct. 8.
This year’s election has a number of statewide and legislative races on the ballot, as well as the race for U.S. House District 2.
In the U.S. House race, incumbent Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack faces Republican challenger Dr. Christopher Peters, Libertarian Mark David Strauss and independent Daniel Clark.
The race for Iowa governor and lieutenant governor pits Republican incumbent Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg against the Democratic ticket of Fred Hubbell and Rita Hart.
The Libertarian ticket has Jake Porter and Lynne Gentry, while the Clear Water Party of Iowa has a ticket of Gary Siegwarth and Natalia Blaskovich.
Locally, the State Senate District 39 race has Kinney facing a challenge from Republican Heather Hora.
The State Representative District 78 race pits Republican incumbent Jarad Klein against Kimberly Davis.
The lone contested Washington County Board of Supervisors race has Republican incumbent Abe Miller facing independent challenger Jeff Thomann.
Other statewide offices contested in Tuesday’s election include:
• Secretary of State – Incumbent Republican Paul Pate, Democrat Deidre DeJear and Libertarian Jules Ofenbakh.
• Auditor of State – Incumbent Republican Mary Mosiman, Democrat Rob Sand and Libertarian Fred Perryman.
• Treasurer of State – Incumbent Democrat Michael Fitzgerald, Republican Jeremy Davis and Libertarian Timothy Hird.
• Attorney General – Incumbent Democrat Tom Miller and Libertarian Marco Battaglia.