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SEAMAN IF EARLY SIGNS ARE ANY INDICATION, THE 20-20 ELECTION IOWA WILL BE A RECORD BREAKER

THE STATE ALREADY WITH A RECORD NUMBER OF PEOPLE REGISTERED TO VOTE NEXT YEAR KCAU 9 REPORTER REBECCA PRYOR TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT MIGHT BE BEHIND THE GROWING NUMBERS AND HOW THE PROCESS HAS CHANGED

THAT'S OUR TOP STORY AT 10 REBECCA: THAT'S RIGHT TIM — A NEW HIGH OF OVER 2 MILLION IOWANS ARE ALREADY REGISTERED TO VOTE IN NEXT YEARS GENERAL ELECTION — AND AS FOR WHO THOSE NEW VOTERS ARE — THE ANSWER MAY SUPRISE YOU AT A TIME WHEN BIPARTISAN POLITICS CAN BE HARD TO FIND STEVE WARNSTADT WITCC GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COORDINATOR "IOWA WEATHER STATE WE DEMOCRAT, WE GONE REPUBLICAN" TOGETHER — THE STATE THAT STARTS THE PRIMARY PROCESS HAS MADE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO INCREASE VOTER REGISTRATION

STEVE WARNSTADT WITCC GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COORDINATOR "PEOPLE IN IOWA DO TEND TO TAKE POLITICS SERIOUSLY THERE WAS A BIG REGISTRATION DRIVE BACK IN OCTOBER AND SEPTEMBER" IOWA IS ONE OF ONLY SEVEN STATES THAT OFFERS ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION, SAME-DAY VOTER REGISTRATION, EARLY VOTING AND NO-FAULT ABSENTEE VOTING BUT THIS YEAR,ELECTION OFFICIALS ARE TAKING STEPS TO MAKE THE PROCESS EVEN MORE INCLUSIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME – ALLOWING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ASSAULT OR STALKING TO REGISTER WHILE KEEPING THEIR ADDRESS CONFIDENTIAL STEVE WARNSTADT WITCC GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COORDINATOR "IT GIVES THEM ASSURANCE THAT THEY CAN BE ADDED TO THE PROCESS LIKE EVERYONE ELSE AND NOT FACE ANY PHYSICAL RISK BECAUSE OF THAT FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO BE ABLE TO VOTE" ANOTHER FACTOR ADDING TO THIS YEARS IMPRESSIVE REGISTRATION TURN OUTÃA NEW LAW IS ALLOWING 17-YEAR-OLDS TO REGISTER IF THEY ELECTION DAY STEVE WARNSTADT WITCC GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COORDINATOR "THERE SIGNIFICANT OUTREACH TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BECAUSE OF THE CHANGE" OLIVIA BROWN WHITING HS SENIOR "I THINK IT DOES MAKE KIDS EXCITED AND ENCOURAGES THEM TO LOOK FORWARD TO AS APPOSED TO SOMETHING THEY HAVE TO DO, IT SOMETHING THEY WANT TO DO" OF THOSE REGISTERED — THE LARGEST INCREASE IS WITH INDEPENDENT VOTERSÃ SOMETHING YOUNG PEOPLE MAY BE CONTRIBUTING TO STEVE WARNSTADT WITCC GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COORDINATOR "IF THE HIGHSCHOOL AGE STUDENTS, SO 17- YEAR-OLDS ARE REGISTERING THEIR MAY BE A LARGER PERCENTAGE THAT ARE LIKELY TO BE REGISTERING INDEPENDENT BECAUSE THEY STILL FIGURING OUT THE POLITICAL PROCESS"AND NOT WANTING TO COMMIT TO ONE PARTY OR ANOTHER" BUT NO MATTER THE DIFFERENCES IN THINGS LIKE AGE GENDER OR PARTY ALLIANCE& IOWAN GEARING UP FOR ELECTION DAY KNOWING EVERY VOTE COUNTS OLIVIA BROWN WHITING HS SENIOR "WE SEE HOW MUCH OUR VOICES DO MATTER AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO VOTE FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE IN" REBECCA: HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT THOSE RECORD REGISTRATION NUMBERS

WITH INDEPENDENT OR "NO PARTY" REGISTRATIONS LEADING THE WAY WITH MORE THAN 743-THOUSAND PEOPLE ABOUT 30 THOUSAND MORE IOWAN'S ARE REGISTERED REPUBLICAN THAN DEMOCRAT THOSE "NO PARTY" VOTERS HOLD AN ADVANTAGE IN 3 OF IOWA'S 4 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS WITH REPUBLICAN'S HOLDING DOWN THE 4TH DISTRICT THAT INCLUDED SIOUX CITY REBECCA: WE'LL KEEP ANEYE ON THESE NUMBERS AS VOTER REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR 20-20 REBECCA PRYOR – KCAU 9 NEWS TIM: THANKS REBECCA

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