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Iowa welcomes early voters ahead of the November 6 elections

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Residents wait in line to pick up a ballot during early voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse on Sept. 27 in Waterloo, Iowa. Early voting starts today in Iowa where in the 2008 election 36 percent of voters cast an early ballot.

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Mark Cooper, of Des Moines, Iowa, places his ballot in the box during the first day of early voting for the November election, Sept. 27, at the Polk County Election Office in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A sample ballot hangs on the wall during early voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse on Sept. 27 in Waterloo, Iowa.

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A voter fills out his ballot during the first day of early voting for the November election at the Polk County Election Office in Des Moines, Iowa on Sept. 27.

Iowans on Thursday began voting in person at early voting sites and returning absentee ballots they requested by mail or in person. Iowa is one of 32 states that allow early voting, and any registered voter in Iowa is allowed to fill out and submit a ballot before the Nov. 6 election.

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