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Primary votes

A voting precinct in Waterloo on Tuesday.

WAVERLY — A polling location in Plainfield closed an hour early during the primary and two voters were denied the ability to vote.

Two people contacted the Iowa Secretary of State’s office complaining they couldn’t vote.

Bremer County Auditor Shelley Wolf on Wednesday sent out an apology for the early closing of the polling site.

“I take full responsibility and express regret to voters who were inconvenienced by this,” Wolf said in the message. “This error is being addressed moving forward.”

The two voters will not be able to put in a provisional ballot or get the chance to vote.

“If we had known sooner that night, there were things we could have done for them,” Wolf said. “By the time we knew about it, then it was too late.”

There is only one polling location for primaries in Plainfield, at the library. The location closed at 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. when all other Iowa polling locations closed.

Wolf said all of the training and materials available to poll workers stated polling starts at 7 a.m. and stops at 9 p.m.

“They don’t know what happened,” Wolf said. “They feel pretty bad.”

During the Plainfield city elections last fall, the polling locations closed at 8 p.m., Wolf said.

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