No interruption in Linn County early voting due to flooding

Voting location moved to Community Services Building

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Floodwaters won’t interfere with the start of early voting in Linn County, according to the Auditor’s Office, which oversees elections.

The office is in a temporary location due to the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center, 935 Second St. SW, Cedar Rapids, being in the flood zone.

Auditor Joel Miller has moved his office to the Community Services Building, 1240 26th Ave. Ct. SW, until further notice.

Forty days of early voting begins Sept. 29 across Iowa.

“Up and running at 8 a.m.,” Miller said in a text message Monday morning. People can register to vote there and request absentee ballots. Voters can cast ballots there when early voting begins Thursday, he said.

His staff began moving to the Community Services Building Friday so there would be no interruption of service.

The flooding may force Miller to relocate three polling places “depending on how they are impacted by the flood.”

Upstream, in Buchanan County, Auditor Cindy Gosse said the flood won’t interfere with early voting and none of the Nov. 8 polling places have been affected by flooding there.

Downriver, Louisa County Auditor Sandi Elliott doesn’t anticipate flood-related problems — early voting or on Nov. 8 — because of high water on the Cedar and Iowa rivers.

“If the courthouse floods you can kiss Iowa goodbye,” Elliott said.

Polling places in Columbus City and Columbus Junction should be safe, she said, and there no longer is a polling place in Oakville, which also was hit hard by flooding in 2008.

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