Iowa absentee ballot numbers in the 2018 general election

Early voting has begun in Iowa and will be critical for Democratic prospects to improve on the last two midterm elections. I will update this page every weekday with the latest absentee ballot numbers released by the Iowa Secretary of State’s office, presented in two tables.

The first shows the number of absentee ballots Iowans have requested, in each of the four Congressional districts and statewide. The second shows the number of absentee ballots county auditors have received from voters, in each Congressional district and statewide. (For now, those numbers are small, because county auditors only just started mailing ballots to voters who don’t live overseas or serve in the military.)

When an Iowan votes early in person, either at a county auditor’s office or at a satellite location, that counts as a ballot requested by the voter and as a ballot received by the auditor on the same day.

You can compare this year’s numbers to daily charts from the last three election cycles by clicking through to Bleeding Heartland’s archive of absentee ballot totals from 2012, 2014, and 2016.

Iowa Democrats traditionally rely more on early voters than do Republicans, and the tables below show that as of October 9, registered Democrats had requested about four times as many absentee ballots as Republicans had. Remember, an early vote lead does not guarantee victory for any of a party’s nominees. Hillary Clinton received about 60,000 more votes than Donald Trump did among Iowans who cast ballots before November 8, 2016. But Trump outpolled Clinton on election day in Iowa by more than 200,000.

You can find the latest absentee ballot figures in each county or Iowa House or Iowa Senate district on the Secretary of State’s website. At this writing, Democrats have requested more absentee ballots in virtually every state legislative district. For analysis of the battleground races, see Josh Hughes’ Iowa House ratings and my review of Senate races likely to be competitive.

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of November 6, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 63,312 42,875 34,333 816 129 141,465
IA-02 70,889 46,965 32,032 557 128 150,571
IA-03 69,153 52,469 30,961 862 109 153,554
IA-04 45,044 57,337 27,896 597 97 130,971
 
statewide 248,398 199,646 125,222 2,832 463 576,561

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of November 6, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 58,595 40,716 31,315 722 114 131,462
IA-02 66,559 45,023 29,903 509 117 142,111
IA-03 62,866 49,399 27,747 736 84 140,832
IA-04 42,274 54,823 25,913 540 88 123,638
 
statewide 230,294 189,961 114,878 2,507 403 538,043

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of November 5, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 61,548 41,635 32,972 790 121 137,066
IA-02 68,504 45,322 30,343 512 119 144,800
IA-03 67,969 51,269 30,007 838 104 150,187
IA-04 43,566 55,324 26,431 570 88 125,979
 
statewide 241,587 193,550 119,753 2,710 432 558,032

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of November 5, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 55,089 38,123 28,340 661 101 122,314
IA-02 62,497 42,024 27,082 448 99 132,150
IA-03 58,771 45,598 24,540 631 74 129,614
IA-04 39,306 50,209 22,931 488 73 113,007
 
statewide 215,663 175,954 102,893 2,228 347 497,085

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of November 2, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 59,039 40,095 31,218 765 116 131,233
IA-02 63,895 42,694 27,442 458 104 134,593
IA-03 65,869 49,692 28,719 810 101 145,191
IA-04 41,198 52,892 24,615 535 79 119,319
 
statewide 230,001 185,373 111,994 2,568 400 530,336

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of November 2, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 50,259 34,872 24,933 597 89 110,750
IA-02 55,242 37,654 22,795 374 79 116,144
IA-03 54,570 42,208 21,883 572 68 119,301
IA-04 35,398 45,543 19,829 428 61 101,259
 
statewide 195,469 160,277 89,440 1,971 297 447,454

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of November 1, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 58,047 39,408 30,554 746 113 128,868
IA-02 62,175 41,635 26,353 432 99 130,694
IA-03 64,360 48,593 27,961 793 98 141,805
IA-04 40,433 51,954 24,010 521 78 116,996
 
statewide 225,015 181,590 108,878 2,492 388 518,363

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of November 1, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 47,741 33,004 23,248 558 79 104,630
IA-02 52,422 35,608 21,028 340 73 109,471
IA-03 51,369 39,499 20,103 528 60 111,559
IA-04 33,360 43,007 18,354 393 59 95,173
 
statewide 184,892 151,118 82,733 1,819 271 420,833

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 31, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 57,221 38,819 30,049 741 111 126,941
IA-02 60,438 40,603 25,418 415 95 126,969
IA-03 63,013 47,690 27,336 766 98 138,903
IA-04 39,622 50,945 23,415 513 77 114,572
 
statewide 220,294 178,057 106,218 2,435 381 507,385

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 31, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 44,631 30,848 21,341 521 69 97,410
IA-02 48,740 33,184 19,135 307 67 101,433
IA-03 48,026 36,805 18,390 470 55 103,746
IA-04 31,018 39,866 16,624 369 55 87,932
 
statewide 172,415 140,703 75,490 1,667 246 390,521

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 30, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 56,279 38,208 29,457 734 110 124,788
IA-02 58,616 39,571 24,442 402 93 123,124
IA-03 61,886 46,954 26,881 746 96 136,563
IA-04 38,822 50,061 22,937 503 75 112,398
 
statewide 215,603 174,794 103,717 2,385 374 496,873

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 30, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 41,813 28,849 19,619 486 67 90,834
IA-02 45,400 31,050 17,422 282 62 94,216
IA-03 44,935 34,581 16,966 421 49 96,952
IA-04 29,963 38,460 15,926 357 51 84,757
 
statewide 162,111 132,940 69,933 1,546 229 366,759

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 29, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 55,833 37,945 29,249 727 110 123,864
IA-02 57,422 39,160 23,882 398 89 120,951
IA-03 61,525 46,676 26,693 742 94 135,730
IA-04 38,550 49,762 22,723 499 74 111,608
 
statewide 213,330 173,543 102,547 2,366 367 492,153

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 29, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 40,909 28,343 19,190 477 67 88,986
IA-02 43,647 30,248 16,649 275 58 90,877
IA-03 44,182 33,998 16,603 416 47 95,246
IA-04 29,195 37,587 15,440 346 50 82,618
 
statewide 157,933 130,176 67,882 1,514 222 357,727

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 26, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 52,056 35,681 26,852 676 100 115,365
IA-02 51,967 36,564 21,342 354 78 110,305
IA-03 55,679 43,261 23,802 666 82 123,490
IA-04 35,611 46,667 20,638 451 65 103,432
 
statewide 195,313 162,173 92,634 2,147 325 452,592

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 26, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 34,037 23,381 15,265 388 52 73,123
IA-02 35,245 24,952 12,890 212 46 73,345
IA-03 35,388 27,278 12,422 316 35 75,439
IA-04 23,254 30,174 11,691 261 35 65,415
 
statewide 127,924 105,785 52,268 1,177 168 287,322

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 25, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 50,196 34,555 25,782 648 96 111,277
IA-02 49,416 35,266 20,107 330 73 105,192
IA-03 53,294 41,775 22,591 627 78 118,365
IA-04 34,208 44,940 19,582 431 64 99,045
 
statewide 186,934 156,536 88,062 2,036 311 433,879

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 25, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 31,080 20,970 13,539 338 48 65,975
IA-02 31,857 22,587 11,284 182 41 65,951
IA-03 32,453 24,472 11,108 277 28 68,338
IA-04 20,445 26,542 10,101 230 32 57,350
 
statewide 115,835 94,571 46,032 1,027 149 257,614

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 24, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 48,129 33,266 24,613 629 91 106,728
IA-02 46,131 33,701 18,609 305 67 98,813
IA-03 50,501 39,819 21,162 581 74 112,137
IA-04 32,339 43,131 18,364 400 61 94,295
 
statewide 177,100 149,917 82,748 1,915 293 411,973

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 24, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 28,018 18,164 11,666 305 40 58,193
IA-02 28,111 19,768 9,598 161 35 57,673
IA-03 28,768 20,453 9,424 230 26 58,901
IA-04 17,985 22,547 8,483 195 27 49,237
 
statewide 102,882 80,932 39,171 891 128 224,004

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 23, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 45,771 32,137 23,432 599 83 102,022
IA-02 43,608 32,523 17,421 288 65 93,905
IA-03 47,805 38,662 20,089 550 69 107,175
IA-04 31,048 42,013 17,644 379 57 91,141
 
statewide 168,232 145,335 78,586 1,816 274 394,243

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 23, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 24,382 15,554 9,864 261 33 50,094
IA-02 24,860 16,939 8,045 136 31 50,011
IA-03 26,072 17,945 8,352 206 23 52,598
IA-04 16,740 21,019 7,752 173 24 45,708
 
statewide 92,054 71,457 34,013 776 111 198,411

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 22, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 43,504 31,048 22,358 564 80 97,524
IA-02 40,855 31,492 16,319 272 61 88,999
IA-03 44,953 36,458 18,649 504 63 100,627
IA-04 29,417 40,493 16,655 362 51 86,978
 
statewide 158,729 139,491 73,951 1,702 255 374,128

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 22, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 21,119 13,096 8,338 224 29 42,806
IA-02 22,857 15,353 7,233 119 30 45,592
IA-03 21,963 13,299 6,650 169 18 42,099
IA-04 15,511 18,991 7,049 153 21 41,725
 
statewide 81,450 60,739 29,270 665 98 172,222

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 19, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 42,113 30,187 21,543 546 78 94,467
IA-02 39,255 30,310 15,425 255 59 85,304
IA-03 44,120 35,546 18,133 488 60 98,347
IA-04 28,404 39,181 15,959 346 47 83,937
 
statewide 153,892 135,224 71,060 1,635 244 362,055

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 19, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 19,913 11,851 7,528 209 25 39,526
IA-02 21,250 13,819 6,451 106 26 41,652
IA-03 21,183 12,420 6,274 159 18 40,054
IA-04 13,828 16,595 6,038 133 18 36,612
 
statewide 76,174 54,685 26,291 607 87 157,844

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 18, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 39,189 27,392 19,342 504 74 86,501
IA-02 35,513 27,192 13,326 221 52 76,304
IA-03 39,364 31,328 15,754 440 55 86,941
IA-04 25,576 34,613 13,564 307 39 74,099
 
statewide 139,642 120,525 61,986 1,472 220 323,845

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 18, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 15,418 8,458 5,491 152 18 29,537
IA-02 16,340 10,007 4,611 74 20 31,052
IA-03 16,687 8,829 4,626 118 15 30,275
IA-04 9,915 10,921 4,129 76 10 25,051
 
statewide 58,360 38,215 18,857 420 63 115,915

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 17, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 37,513 25,285 17,818 479 69 81,164
IA-02 33,331 24,856 11,882 200 48 70,317
IA-03 37,332 28,399 14,365 413 52 80,561
IA-04 23,990 31,480 12,064 283 34 67,851
 
statewide 132,166 110,020 56,129 1,375 203 299,893

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 17, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 12,290 6,139 4,197 111 11 22,748
IA-02 13,213 7,135 3,479 60 16 23,903
IA-03 12,926 6,257 3,458 94 10 22,745
IA-04 8,021 8,096 3,266 54 8 19,445
 
statewide 46,450 27,627 14,400 319 45 88,841

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 16, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 35,191 23,511 16,476 451 63 75,692
IA-02 31,442 23,254 10,857 185 45 65,783
IA-03 34,279 25,460 12,816 375 48 72,978
IA-04 22,340 29,448 10,839 262 31 62,920
 
statewide 123,252 101,673 50,988 1,273 187 277,373

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 16, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 9,212 4,690 3,130 82 7 17,121
IA-02 10,875 5,509 2,743 49 12 19,188
IA-03 9,413 4,471 2,410 71 5 16,370
IA-04 6,839 6,698 2,681 46 7 16,271
 
statewide 36,339 21,368 10,964 248 31 68,950

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 15, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 32,303 20,581 14,559 405 57 67,905
IA-02 27,958 19,692 9,070 148 41 56,909
IA-03 32,668 19,690 11,552 341 45 64,296
IA-04 19,771 24,276 8,817 235 29 53,128
 
statewide 112,700 84,239 43,998 1,129 172 242,238

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 15, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 6,019 2,910 2,018 47 5 10,999
IA-02 6,306 3,049 1,587 30 6 10,978
IA-03 5,540 2,807 1,407 32 3 9,789
IA-04 4,038 3,860 1,567 26 4 9,495
 
statewide 21,903 12,626 6,579 135 18 41,261

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 12, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 30,246 17,375 13,175 385 55 61,236
IA-02 26,050 16,312 7,919 135 34 50,450
IA-03 30,698 14,972 10,360 307 43 56,380
IA-04 18,024 18,713 7,475 210 26 34,448
 
statewide 105,018 67,372 38,929 1,037 158 212,514

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 12, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 3,116 1,888 1,060 23 4 6,091
IA-02 4,308 1,914 1,046 22 5 7,295
IA-03 2,619 1,665 652 13 1 4,950
IA-04 2,466 2,638 940 8 3 6,055
 
statewide 12,509 8,105 3,698 66 13 24,391

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 11, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 28,316 12,655 11,566 345 49 52,931
IA-02 24,206 11,067 6,748 116 31 42,168
IA-03 28,698 9,439 9,075 271 40 47,523
IA-04 16,463 11,532 6,231 184 23 34,433
 
statewide 97,683 44,693 33,620 916 143 177,055

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 11, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 2,545 1,494 826 18 2 4,885
IA-02 3,153 1,326 708 18 4 5,209
IA-03 1,977 1,289 483 10 0 3,759
IA-04 1,881 2,009 705 6 2 4,603
 
statewide 9,556 6,118 2,722 52 8 18,456

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 10, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 26,932 9,802 10,690 319 47 47,790
IA-02 22,840 8,319 5,987 110 31 37,287
IA-03 27,513 7,141 8,494 260 37 43,445
IA-04 15,509 8,552 5,597 169 23 29,850
 
statewide 92,794 33,814 30,768 858 138 158,372

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 10, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 1,923 1,147 618 14 1 3,703
IA-02 2,429 997 523 18 4 3,971
IA-03 1,519 916 350 7 0 2,792
IA-04 1,423 1,443 515 4 2 3,387
 
statewide 7,294 4,503 2,006 43 7 13,853

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 9, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 24,577 6,197 9,263 288 46 40,371
IA-02 20,838 5,258 5,105 97 31 31,329
IA-03 25,266 5,352 7,509 229 34 38,390
IA-04 13,959 4,849 4,612 147 20 23,587
 
statewide 84,640 21,656 26,489 761 131 133,677

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 9, 2018
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party Libertarians other total
IA-01 1,061 606 275 10 1 1,953
IA-02 1,501 546 279 15 4 2,345
IA-03 975 466 191 4 0 1,636
IA-04 884 785 263 3 1 1,936
 
statewide 4,421 2,403 1,008 32 6 7,870

Top image: Booths for early voters in the Polk County Elections office.

  • Independents

    Let’s hope the Independents make a break for the left. I was surprised to see how many Libertarians there were on the ballot this year.

  • It certainly wouldn't hurt

    if someone at the Secretary of State’s office turned on “Keep group together” on their report settings in Access. At least they got the “Repeat Header” set right on the State House and Senate reports, but the County report is a hot mess.

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