| 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.
|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.
||total Democratic vote
||Democrats voting early
||total Republican vote
||Republicans voting early
||total no-party vote
||no-party voting early
Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 3, 2012
Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 3, 2012