September 27th, 2012
09:55 AM ET
2 years ago

And they're voting!

(CNN) - Voters in Iowa have their first chance to cast ballots in the presidential election Thursday, marking the first battleground state to begin in-person early voting.

Idaho, South Dakota, New Jersey, Vermont and Maine all began in-person early voting earlier this month.

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Ohio, a key battleground, begins early voting next week, while other key states like Nevada, Wisconsin and Florida begin early voting in October.

Depending on state law, early voting can either be done in-person, through the mail or through an absentee ballot. Some states require an excuse for absentee voting while others are moving toward no-excuse absentee balloting. Military personnel are able to vote by email.

READ MORE: In voting, the early bird skips the line

The latest poll, released in mid-September, showed President Barack Obama with a slight edge in the battle for Iowa's six electoral votes. The NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll showed Obama with 50% of likely Iowa voters, compared to 42% who back Romney.

CNN's Allison Brennan contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. roro

    Early voting is a great thing, but shouldn't it be held AFTER the debates?

    September 27, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. BJ

    I am sorry, but this is ridiculous! It's more than a month out from Nov. 6th!! I am all for early voting, but not this far out! We haven't even seen one official debate yet! And I understand many people have their minds made up, and maybe this far out early voting won't make a difference either way.....but it's still ridiculous! We have an election day for a reason. Start opening the polls up a week (maybe 2) in advance for those that need it.....but a over a month is downright ridiculous (did I say that yet!)!!

    September 27, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Ram215

    They are voting for Mitt...this way they won't get harassed by the tugs that were at the poles the last time in 2008.

    September 27, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Pete1215

    Why wouldn't the exit polls of early voters bias the election (since people want to be associated with the winners)?

    September 27, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Poll

    Today we'll see how incorrect the polls really are. Enjoy it!

    September 27, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. danita

    Would you hire President Obama as your financial adviser? Three years ago his administration invested more than $100 billion in taxpayer money to bail out General Motors. On Tuesday, the entire company, not just what the government owns, was worth less than $34 billion. By anyone’s definition, that investment is a glaring failure. Yet over the last few days the Obama campaign, in a $25 million marketing blitz, has flooded the airwaves with ads in battleground states, claiming the bailout should be counted a rousing success.

    September 27, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. j williamson

    I sent off my absentee ballot today – and for only the second time in my life I voted for a third-party candidate (Gary Johnson of the Libertarian party). Sorry, but Obama has been too big a disappointment (NDAA among other things) and I'd never consider voting for Romney. Will Johnson win? Of course not, but it's all about voting my conscience.

    September 27, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Borderless

    It's a shame that there are voters going to the polls before they get a chance to see Obama actually held accountable for his failure as a president when he finally gets to his first nationally televised debate. I don't think that voters in general truly understand that Obama's really only good at getting Obama elected. Which means that we will likely have the same inept president for another four years. And after 8 years of failure what will he have to say? "Everything that's wrong with this country is Bush's fault. I promised you progress and change and that process has begun but we need to elect (insert another worthless Democrat's name here) in order to finish the process." And on it goes. Worst. President. Ever.

    September 27, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Obama 2012. A president for America and ALL Americans.

    September 27, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Jonathan Green

    Real Clear Politics says that President Obama leads in Ohio, Florida and Virginia, by 5.2, 3, and 4.5 point respectively. But Republican pollsters say that these numbers are only right if Democratic enthusiasm continues (one said it is likely to "recede") and if turnout is high. We can't believe the hype of the polls. Aggressive efforts to get out the vote must continue

    September 27, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    IA, SD, NJ, FL, The most beautiful NC, NV, WI- please vote for direct Democratic ticket.

    September 27, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Funny

    Only thing worse then the current President...is Romney.

    America is bankrupt...next 4-years are going to be so much worse.

    September 27, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Dems mantra – "Vote early, vote often".

    September 27, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. offreservation

    Breaking news show Obama and administration knew from DAY 1 attack on Libya was a terrorist attack. Administration lies to American public, miss lead and inflamed Middle East with film blame! Not ready for 3 o clock call or to manage a crisis-terrorist.

    September 27, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. nolongerarerpublican

    Letting some vote ahead of the rest of the country:
    In 2008, 24% voted early. Half of the country can vote early, possibly giving control to 25 states. I would expect at some point, the results would "leak" or be released and that would throw the election. What would we do then? Wikil Leaks posts the results of early voting in 31 states, you can imagine what it would do to the election. Would we have to start over again? Would a part claim victory? Are the results authentic? Would the election be certified?
    It disadvantages the candidate with the least money.
    All because of one Federal Judge's ruling.
    DANGEROUS.

    September 27, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Mark

    The debates will NOT have any effect on the voting. Romney is a loser, he has run for President for 6 years and we still have no specifics from him and Ryan. They are frauds on the American people and voters. And of course when the GOP suppresses the voting rights of people we know we will not vote for the GOP, even the House and Senate of the GOP are going down in defeat. Boehner and McConnell will have egg all over their face when they are defeated.

    September 27, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. David T

    I believe, get out to vote is a family affair and your 1 vote is worth more depending on where you live. I have 3 grown children and they are planing to vote like my wife and I. I will drive them to the voting place if need be. Then my son said your vote is worth more, depending on where you live. We live in Iowa and this state is a battleground state. Our 5 votes will go farther to tip the balance. Whereas, if you live in a strongly leaning blue or a strongly leaning red state, your 1 vote will almost not matter. These states include California, New York, Texas, Washington, North Dakota, Alabama and Idaho. For battleground states like Iowa or Florida, your 1 vote could tip the scale of who becomes President. Is this right that your 1 vote is worth more depending on where you live? You be the judge. I guess this has to do with this Electoral College concept.

    September 27, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. morgan

    Not all Iowans are able to vote this morning... Sec. of State Matt Shultz failed to send any ballots to Henry County!

    September 27, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Fourleaf Tayback

    We have no jobs..people are struggling to make it..the Middle East is burning our flag and attacking and killing Americans...and Obama may not know about it...he is too busy trying to keep his job...by campaigning.

    September 27, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. DC from NJ

    And it's the beginning of the end for Mittens...(thankfully)

    September 27, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Vote all the Rep/tea party/grover norquists traders OUT!

    September 27, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. zod

    Hopefully they don't have voter's remorse after the debates.

    September 27, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Al

    This is part of the problem, Election day is the first Tuesday in November, but some find it incredibly needed to allow voting to start two months before election day. This act welcomes voter fraud, and waste of tax dollars. Election day should be just that one day not 60 days. You have to option to vote by mail or go on that Tuesday. It's time to stop the fraud, if you need a picture ID to drive you should need a picture ID to vote, if you need a picture ID to travel, you should need a picture ID to vote. In many states it's as low as $10.00. But let not anyone question who you might be it would be bad, you might have warrants, and we do need to protect the criminals of this world don't we.

    September 27, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Lauren

    Obama/Biden 2012! As soon as I can vote in my state, I surely will.

    September 27, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Spock500

    Good luck, Iowans! I envy you!

    September 27, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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