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Blog post by Jason Pulliam • • September 28, 2010

Twenty satellite voting locations will be opened in Polk County for the 2010 General Election, Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald has announced.

Most of the satellite voting locations will be open Oct. 12 through Oct. 23 from noon until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Friday, the hours are 1 to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from noon until 4 p.m.

The majority of the one-day satellite voting locations will open between Oct. 5 and Oct. 7., including sites in Des Moines, Grimes, Pleasant Hill and Polk City.
Polk County sets satellite voting sites
Early voting also started Thursday at the Polk County Election Office, 120 2nd Ave. in Des Moines. The Election Office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will also be open on the last three Saturdays before the election.

Nearly 300 people have voted early at the Election Office so far, Fitzgerald said this afternoon.

“It’s been something of a full house down here,” he said. “We can always stand to have more voters, but we’ve been pleasantly surprised to see the number of people who’ve participated.”

Votes can also be cast via absentee ballot.
Citizens petitioned for nine one-day satellite sites.

Drake University students requested two dates that are scheduled on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13.

An election official will verify voter registration at the satellite sites and give voters a ballot. Ballots will be counted on election day, Nov. 2.

Not all ballots will be available in each location because there are over 200 different ballots in Polk County for this election cycle, Fitzgerald said. The county will have absentee ballot requests at every site, he added.
In 2008, more than 24,000 Polk County voters cast ballots at satellite locations. There were 3,828 votes cast at satellite locations in 2006.

Fitzgerald said he’s confident satellite voting this year will surpass the 2006 mark.
As of this morning, the county had received 10,001 requests for absentee ballots — 6,370 from Democrats; 2,197 from Republicans; 1,422 requests from no-party registrants; and 12 from other parties.

Visit the Polk County Auditor’s website for a complete list of satellite voting locations and other election details.