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Iowans make the voices heard while political leaders look to November

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Iowans went to the polls Monday to cast their votes in the June primary.

Voters said a number of issues drove them to make their voice heard.

"Freedom," voter Jerry Knipe said. "I see the country going in the wrong direction."

COVID-19 restrictions played a big role in how voters cast their ballots.

Workers wore face masks or those checking people in stayed behind plastic shields.

Voting booths were spaced out throughout the facility and voters in line were socially distanced.

"They've got it really simple, easy and painless, I was in and out in under 5 minutes I would suggest everyone get out and have their voice heard," voter Todd Eaves said.

Local party leaders said even with all the restrictions, the voting process seemed to go smoothly.

They say with few local issues on Monday's ballot, much of the primary was setting the stage for the general election.

They encouraged Lee County residents to get out to the polls in November.

"If you see something you're not happy with, something that's not going right, you owe it to you and your country to step up and do something about it," Lee County Republican Party chairman Martin Graber said.

"So don't sit back and complain if you don't like it if you're not willing to do something about it."

"I think it's the biggest election of my life, even my mother's life and she's 89," Lee County Democratic Party Chairman Mary Jo Reisberg said.

"There's just so much at stake for all of us."

One of the largest races on that ballot for Iowans will be deciding whether US senator Joni Ernst will spend another six years in Washington.

Republicans tout her conservative credentials and past leadership.

"She has some great experience in her past. She was in the local government, she was in the Senate before she was selected in Iowa. She also has military experience, that military experience includes being a combat veteran and combat leader."

Democrats said she puts party over home state.

"She hasn't really led for the people of Iowa," Reisberg said.

"As she's been elected she's answered to what the Republican Party asks not what Iowa needs."

Ernst will face off against Monday's primary winner Theresa Greenfield.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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