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Special election for Iowa Senate District 3 seat

Winner will serve one remaining year of Anderson's four-year term

In Siouxland, a special election is being held today for a seat in the Iowa state Senate.

Todd Wendt, a Democrat from Le Mars, and state Rep. Jim Carlin, a Republican from Sioux City, are vying for the District 3 seat vacated by the resignation of Republican Bill Anderson of Pierson.

Anderson now heads the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation.

Tuesday's winner will serve the one year remaining on Anderson's four-year term. 

Should Carlin win, he would resign from the House, setting up another special election to fill his former post in House District Six.

Only polls in Senate District 3 are open until 9:00 p.m. You can find the full list of polling locations further below:

According to Woodbury County Commissioner of Elections Pat Gill, there are about 23,000 registered voters eligible to cast a ballot in todays special election, but only about 10 percent are likely to vote.

Elections like this one, come with an added cost to the county.  

"It'll probably be somewhere in the neighborhood between $15,000 to $20,000. Most of that is having all of the polling places open. We're kind of required to do that for this election. That's what the parties asked for in order to avoid confusion. It costs a little more money that way but we're trying to get people to the polling places."

Gill says workers are required at 16 polling places for this special election.

Still, the outcome could set up a race for a crucial seat in the Republican-controlled house, that is if Rep. Carlin wins.

"This seat basically effectively doubles your influence in the process because now you're representing 60,000 people instead of 30,000, which helps you advocate, gives you a stronger position to advocate from. And when you're in the house, you literally have to campaign 6-7 months every 2 years," said Carlin.

Polling locations

In Woodbury County:

In Sioux City:

Precinct 22 - Morningside Branch Library at 4005 Morningside Avenue

Precinct 23 Iglesia Restauracion Canaan

Precinct 24 - Washington Heights Chapel

Precinct 25 - Morningside College Eppley Auditorium

Precinct 26 - Morningside Bible Church 

Precinct 27 - St. James United Methodist Church 

Precinct 27 - St. James United Methodist Church at 2032 South Cypress Street

Precinct 28 - Redeemer Lutheran Church at 3204 South Lakeport Street

In rural Woodbury County:

Precinct 29 - Sergeant Bluff Community Center at 903 Topaz Drive in Sergeant Bluff

Precinct 30 - Sergeant Bluff Community Center at 903 Topaz Drive in Sergeant Bluff

Precinct 31 - Salix City Hall at 319 Tipton Street in Salix

Precinct 32 - Bronson City Hall/Community Building at 100 East 1st Street in Bronson    

Precinct 33 - Pierson City Hall at 201 Main Street in Pierson

Precinct 34 - Correctionville Community Building at 312 Driftwood in Correctionville

Precinct 35 - Moville Community Center at 815 Main Street in Moville

Precinct 36 - Lawton Friendship Center at 300 Cedar Street in Lawton

Precinct 37 - W.C. Public Safety Center at 121 Deer Run Trail in Climbing Hill

In Plymouth County:

Precinct 1 - Akron Library  Conference Room at 350 Reed St. in  Akron

Precinct 3 - Courthouse Annex-Lower Level at 215 4th Ave.SE in Le Mars

Precinct 4 - Brunsville Legion Club 305 Oak St. Brunsville

Precinct 5 - Remsen Library at 211 Fulton St. in Remsen

Precinct 6 - Akron Library Conference Room at 350 Reed St. in  Akron

Precinct 7 - Kissinger Community Center at 608 Main St. Merrill

Precinct 8 - Perry Township Hall at 4 miles W. of Hinton C60

Precinct 9 - Hinton Community Center at 208 West Main in Hinton

Precinct 10 - Kingsley Community Center at 207 E 1st St. in Kingsley

Precinct 11 - Le Mars Convention Center (lower level) at 301 12th St. S.E. in Le Mars

Precinct 12 - Le Mars Convention Center (lower level) at 301 12th St. S.E. in Le Mars

Precinct 13 - Le Mars Convention Center (lower level) at 301 12th St. S.E. in Le Mars

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