Iowans Continue to Set Early Voting Records, Led by Surge of Democrats

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans are casting their ballots early at a record pace with one week until Election Day 2020, with registered Democrats far outpacing Republicans so far.

As of Tuesday morning, 783,310 ballots have already been returned statewide. That’s an increase of 130,000 from the final figures in the 2016 election. The bulk of that increase comes from registered Democrats in Iowa. More than 386,000 registered Democrats have already cast a ballot. That’s 118,000 more than voted early four years ago. At the same time, 23,000 more Republicans have voted early this year while 12,000 fewer ‘No Party’ votes have been cast .

20162020CHANGE
Democrats267,791386,017+118,226
Republican225,800249,583+23,793
No Party157,419144,667-12,752
Other2,4283,043+615
TOTAL653,438783,310+129,872

Republicans continue to hold the statewide edge in voter registration as of October 1st, according to statistics from the Iowa Secretary of State’s office. There are 13,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats in Iowa. 55% of registered Democrats have already cast a ballot. 35% of registered Republicans in Iowa have voted early.

VOTER REGISTRATION IN IOWA
Democratic Active Voters690,251
Republican Active Voters703,336
No Party Active Voters646,725
Other Active Voters15,733
Total Voter Registration2,056,085

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