Turnout high in special election


MASON CITY, Iowa – We’re learning a lot of voters made it to the polls for Mason City’s special election.

More than 4,000 people voted for an At-Large city council candidate.  Out of the eight candidates, no one received more than 50 percent of the vote.  Now a runoff election is scheduled for December 6th.

Those at the auditor’s office are optimistic turnout will stay high during that election.

“Elections are hard. They’re a lot of work to put together so when we see the people taking advantage of their right to vote and come out to vote we like to see that too,” Tracie Siemers, a deputy at the Cerro Gordo County Auditor’s office said.

Runoff elections were held in 2005 and 2007.  More than 5,000 voted in 2005 while more than 6,000 voted in 2007.

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