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Polls open in Minnesota and Iowa, where voters seek change

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC/AP) -- Polls are open in Minnesota and Iowa, and people are making decisions that will have some big implications in 2015.

NewsCenter's Kimberly Davis reports a steady stream of voters turned out Tuesday morning at the Rochester Senior Center. To find your polling place in Minnesota or Iowa, visit http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/ or https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace1/.

In Minnesota, voters tell The Associated Press that they are ready for change, citing the way the state has handled the Vikings stadium and MNSure.

One of the big election stories to watch Tuesday might be which party emerges with control of the Minnesota House. Republicans need to gain seven seats to reclaim power. Many of those are in swing districts Democrats captured in 2012 thanks to turnout for President Barack Obama's re-election.

KTTC will have crews watching the governor's race, and whether Sen. Al Franken and Congressman Tim Walz will return to Washington in 2015. Our team is also watching several local races for sheriff, mayor, and some school referendums.

Many ballots in this election have already been cast. The Minnesota secretary of state's office says more than 189,000 absentee ballots were returned by Tuesday morning. The office says that's up nearly 50 percent from the absentees accepted in the 2010 election. The 2014 primary and general elections are the first since Minnesota adopted "no-excuse" absentee voting, which lets voters do so without a reason, such as being out of the precinct on Election Day.

If you're new to town or have moved, you can register at your polling place. To get the specifics of what you need to bring to do that, go to http://mnvotesinfo.sos.state.mn.us/voters/voter-registration/register-on-election-day/ or https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/edr.html.

Polls are open Tuesday until 8 p.m. for in-person voting.

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