Iowans Set All-Time Record For Turnout In Tuesday's Election

Wed 11-4-2020

(Des Moines)-- Officials at the Secretary of State's Office say Iowans set an all-time high for turnout in Tuesday's general election. More than 1,697,000 Iowans voted, smashing the previous record of 1,589,951 set in 2012. 

Officials say more than one million Iowans voted absentee, which was also a record. As of this (Wed.) morning, 1,001,840 absentee ballots had been received by county auditors. Absentee ballots postmarked by November 2nd and received by noon on November 9th will be counted. Results remain unofficial until canvassing is completed and results are certified November 30th. 

Secretary of State Paul Pate says 76 percent of all registered voters in Iowa participated, which he says was one of the highest turnout rates in the nation. 

Iowans also set a record for active registered voters. The new all-time as of November 2nd is 2,095,581. 

In Dickinson county, 77.92 percent of eligible voters participated in Tuesday's election. 11,299 ballots were cast. The total number of registered voters in the county for Tuesday's election was at 14,500.