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Iowans go to the polls for their cities and schools. Experts weigh in on what we learned.

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Local city-school elections are historically plagued by low voter turnout. This is a shame since it's often the closest an individual can get to changing something about their town or school.

Political scientist Donna Hoffman of the University of Northern Iowa said it's a little bit of mystery why, despite the real ability to impact their cities and schools, many stay home from the polls during local elections. She said perhaps it's an issue of messaging or media attention. But the fact remains that these elections are comparatively low turnout.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with political scientists about what this election leaves them thinking about as well as the Glasgow Summit on climate change and former Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Iowa City.


  • Donna Hoffman, professor of political science at University of Northern Iowa
  • Jonathan Hassid, associate professor of political science at Iowa State University
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Zachary Oren Smith is a reporter covering Eastern Iowa