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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

John Deeth Blog: Iowa City 21 Only Bar Issue Fails

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

Massive student absentee voting overcame election day votes from older
voters as an Iowa City ballot initiative to keep people under 21 out
of bars after 10 p.m. failed yesterday. No 8,895 (57%), Yes 6,606
(43%). The student vote proved decisive, as 46 percent of the vote
came in on absentee ballots. In a reversal of normal city election
trends, two-thirds of the absentees were from 18 to 24 year old
voters. The overall absentee vote (there's no age breakdown available
within the vote tally) went 74 percent no. The student absentee drive
was capped by a week of satellite voting on campus that drew 2,900


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