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 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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