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Absentee ballot requests in Iowa exceed total early vote in 2000

by: desmoinesdem

Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 14:50:03 PM CDT


Thirty-four days before the general election, the number of Iowans who had requested absentee ballots (292,694) already exceeds the number of Iowans who cast early votes in the 2000 general election (276,836). At this point, Democrats have requested about twice as many absentee ballots as have Republicans and have returned more than three times as many ballots to county auditors.

Looking at the daily numbers I've archived here, you can see that as promised, Republicans have made up ground on early GOTV since the Secretary of State's Office started releasing absentee ballot totals on September 17.

After the jump I've posted the latest tables showing absentee ballots requested by voters and returned to county auditors statewide and in each of the four Congressional districts.  

desmoinesdem :: Absentee ballot requests in Iowa exceed total early vote in 2000
The data in this table come from the statewide statistical reports, which you can download as pdf files on this page of the Iowa Secretary of State's website.

Election year total Democratic vote Democrats voting early total Republican vote Republicans voting early total no-party vote no-party voting early
2000411,920107,505456,664109,827437,94759,504
2004492,050193,766510,214141,196495,477125,097
2008568,377250,104491,342156,986467,762138,328
 
2010395,312155,421447,445136,243281,54668,499

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 3, 2012

Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party voters
IA-0143,44116,80519,137
IA-0243,97717,51717,270
IA-0340,20520,88814,156
IA-0427,96919,14411,944
 
statewide155,59274,35462,507

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 3, 2012

Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party voters
IA-0117,4754,0285,526
IA-0217,7254,3594,635
IA-0312,6854,2363,022
IA-0411,8075,0173,552
 
statewide59,96217,64016,735

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starting to narrow, as the first Republican mailing hit early this week. Democrats have had at least two mailings already. This also helps explain Democrats higher return rate; those requests came in earlier so the ballots went out sooner. Also, Democrats are more inclined to vote early in person than Republicans

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