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      Wapello County Auditor seeing absentee ballots returned for Tuesday's election

      Ottumwa residents have been casting absentee ballots in anticipation of Tuesday's general election, and they will be able to do so until Friday, November 1 at 5 p.m.

      The Wapello County Auditor's Office said it has seen a fair amount of absentee ballots cast thus far and expect to see even more before the election on Tuesday.

      "So far we've had 877 requests, so that's people voting in-office, mailing, healthcare, anybody whose just requested an absentee ballot," said Wapello County Auditor Kelly Spurgeon. "We've had 510 returns and in 2009, which was a city election, we had a total of 967 absentees."

      Spurgeon said the biggest advantage of voting absentee is skipping lines at the polls or getting voting done with if you don't have time to vote on election day itself.

      If you miss the deadline to vote absentee, you can also vote in-office Monday and on election day until 4:30 p.m.

      You don't need to bring anything with you if you're a registered voter, however, there is an optional check-in with your driver's license to make the process go faster. If you're not a registered voter in Wapello County, you can register on Tuesday, but be sure to bring proof of identification and proof of residency to the auditor's office.