A large number of voters have made it out to the polls in Iowa City for early voting in school board elections at the Auditor’s Office.
Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert said more than 1,000 people have already cast ballots early, with hundreds voting on Monday alone. “We’ve seen some pretty big lines,” Weipert said Monday afternoon. “A lot of people seem interested in this election.”
Early indications show an overall turnout could be around 10 percent, county officials said. Other parts of Johnson County are also holding school board elections this week. The last local school board election had about a five percent turnout.
“I think it’s deplorable the low voter turnout we always seem to get,” said David Brodsky, who voted early Monday. “To me this is as important as any vote one could have.”
Nine school board candidates are vying for three open seats. The school board in Iowa City has been at the center of several controversial decisions this year. Most recently the board came under fire after voting to close Hoover Elementary school, which came as a recommendation in an overall district growth plan.