Controversial mailings, hotly contested battles, and money questions interested more people in their local elections, according to Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald Tuesday.
Turnout falls quite a bit during years when Iowans don’t choose a governor, president or member of Congress. But Fitzgerald said three positions on the Des Moines City Council this year, an $81 million Polk County Courthouse renovation plan, as well as many other races like one in Clive have drawn more people to the polls.
Voters have to decide two seats in Clive with three people running. And the candidates disagree on the future of traffic cameras the city previously installed.
Fitzgerald said added campaign efforts also have increased voters’ awareness this year. “The door-knocking you’re seeing is usually the councilperson that’s running or the challenger, a few friends and maybe a family member.”