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No One Turns Out to Vote in Iowa Town's Special Election

by Associated Press /  / Updated 
Image: A row of voting booths is seen at a polling station during early voting in Chicago
A row of voting booths at a polling station during early voting in Chicago on October 14, 2016.Jim Young / Reuters

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MCINTIRE, Iowa — Apparently it was a not-so-special election in the tiny town of McIntire, Iowa, where none of its 70 registered voters showed up to cast ballots.

Tuesday's ballot asked two questions: Should the term of the mayor be raised to four years from two, and should the terms of council members be raised to four years, staggered, from two years.

A Mitchell County deputy auditor, Barbara Baldwin, told the Mason City Globe Gazette that the poll workers didn't even vote. None of them live in McIntire.

McIntire, population 110, sits near the state line with Minnesota, 137 miles north-northeast of Des Moines.

Baldwin says she's seen low turnouts over her 28 years with the county auditor, but, "This is definitely a first."

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