Iowa absentee ballot numbers in the 2020 general election

Early voting won’t begin in Iowa until October 5, but signs already point to a high-turnout election, with many more Iowans casting early ballots than in the past. By September 25, more than five weeks before this year’s election, 583,944 people–more a quarter of Iowa’s 2 million active registered voters–had requested an absentee ballot. That number doesn’t include anyone planning to vote early in person next month.

Just before the 2016 presidential election, 693,709 Iowans had requested absentee ballots, and county auditors had received 653,438 completed ballots. We should surpass that number well before November 3. About 41 percent of Iowans voted early in 2016, but the COVID-19 pandemic will surely push that percentage higher.

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, reflecting military or overseas voters. Most Iowans won’t receive their absentee ballot until after October 5.

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 four election cycles by clicking through to Bleeding Heartland’s archive of absentee ballot totals from 2018, 2016, 2014, and 2012.

Iowa Democrats traditionally rely more on early voters than do Republicans, both in midterm elections and in presidential years.

The tables below show that as of September 25, registered Democrats had requested nearly twice as many absentee ballots as Republicans had. But an early vote lead does not guarantee victory for any candidate. 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 most state legislative districts, including most that both parties will likely target.

Women and older people are also more likely to vote early. Tables released by the Secretary of State’s office before the election aren’t broken down by gender or age group, but we’ll learn whether that trend continued when the statewide statistical report is released, probably in January 2021.

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 20, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 108,386 58,170 41,226 811 208,593
IA-02 111,131 57,737 40,488 750 210,106
IA-03 118,084 67,134 42,681 1,107 229,006
IA-04 74,769 73,951 30,531 616 179,867
 
statewide 412,370 256,992 154,926 3,284 827,572

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 20, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 84,434 40,395 26,304 492 151,625
IA-02 83,086 39,763 24,968 465 148,282
IA-03 82,557 41,961 23,265 592 148,375
IA-04 54,274 49,001 18,971 380 122,626
 
statewide 304,351 171,120 93,508 1,929 570,908

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 19, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 106,684 56,728 39,785 780 203,977
IA-02 109,029 55,801 39,017 709 204,556
IA-03 116,316 65,456 41,407 1,071 224,250
IA-04 73,325 71,554 29,264 587 174,730
 
statewide 405,354 249,539 149,473 3,147 807,513

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 19, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 78,052 36,145 23,210 438 137,845
IA-02 77,519 35,430 22,291 398 135,638
IA-03 74,810 36,645 20,004 507 131,966
IA-04 49,172 42,446 16,386 329 108,333
 
statewide 279,553 150,666 81,891 1,672 513,782

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 16, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 104,638 55,196 38,447 738 199,019
IA-02 106,020 53,646 37,106 658 197,430
IA-03 114,674 63,882 40,362 1,033 219,951
IA-04 71,864 69,346 28,069 552 169,831
 
statewide 397,196 242,070 143,984 2,981 786,231

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 16, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 72,035 32,398 20,621 377 125,431
IA-02 69,309 30,570 18,646 316 118,841
IA-03 68,201 32,330 17,536 433 118,500
IA-04 42,712 35,535 13,568 280 92,095
 
statewide 252,257 130,833 70,371 1,406 454,867

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 15, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 102,814 53,766 37,261 697 194,538
IA-02 103,931 51,914 35,820 626 192,291
IA-03 113,146 62,619 39,371 990 216,126
IA-04 70,709 67,438 27,102 531 165,780
 
statewide 390,600 235,737 139,554 2,844 768,735

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 15, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 65,333 28,131 17,922 329 111,715
IA-02 59,795 24,925 15,256 258 100,234
IA-03 61,717 28,217 15,315 380 105,629
IA-04 36,741 28,209 11,021 229 76,200
 
statewide 223,586 109,482 59,514 1,196 393,778

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 14, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 101,420 52,577 36,277 676 190,950
IA-02 102,044 50,505 34,743 602 187,894
IA-03 111,739 61,391 38,540 973 212,643
IA-04 69,713 65,997 26,362 510 162,582
 
statewide 384,916 230,470 135,922 2,761 754,069

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 14, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 56,159 22,715 14,436 259 93,569
IA-02 51,570 20,236 12,309 207 84,322
IA-03 50,013 21,899 11,478 309 83,699
IA-04 31,324 23,516 9,007 193 64,040
 
statewide 189,066 88,366 47,230 968 325,630

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 13, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 99,831 51,288 35,199 649 186,967
IA-02 99,935 48,834 33,508 567 182,844
IA-03 109,845 59,474 37,347 940 207,606
IA-04 68,228 63,825 25,267 474 157,794
 
statewide 377,839 223,421 131,321 2,630 735,211

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 13, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 46,851 17,991 11,271 201 76,314
IA-02 41,087 14,884 9,366 157 65,494
IA-03 41,203 15,936 8,929 256 66,324
IA-04 21,740 14,268 5,987 139 42,134
 
statewide 150,881 63,079 35,553 753 250,266

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 12, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 99,089 50,654 34,785 640 185,168
IA-02 98,643 47,973 32,866 552 180,034
IA-03 108,989 58,818 36,908 928 205,643
IA-04 67,671 62,882 24,879 462 155,894
 
statewide 374,392 220,327 129,438 2,582 726,739

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 12, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 42,461 16,147 10,094 178 68,880
IA-02 36,878 12,955 8,124 137 58,094
IA-03 34,377 12,769 7,216 204 54,566
IA-04 18,634 12,000 5,100 119 35,853
 
statewide 132,350 53,871 30,534 638 217,393

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 9, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 96,239 48,598 33,009 594 178,440
IA-02 96,068 46,145 31,432 524 174,169
IA-03 106,899 57,122 35,731 893 200,645
IA-04 65,874 60,520 23,697 423 150,514
 
statewide 365,080 212,385 123,869 2,434 703,768

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 9, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 19,815 6,949 4,251 73 31,088
IA-02 17,177 5,719 3,569 70 26,535
IA-03 15,044 5,274 2,815 89 23,222
IA-04 7,732 5,305 2,281 56 15,374
 
statewide 59,768 23,247 12,916 288 96,219

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 8, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 94,530 47,445 32,121 577 174,673
IA-02 94,472 45,018 30,695 511 170,696
IA-03 105,151 55,763 34,819 859 196,592
IA-04 64,747 58,869 22,918 407 146,941
 
statewide 358,900 207,095 120,553 2,354 688,902

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 8, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 8,864 2,967 1,913 37 13,781
IA-02 7,505 2,528 1,553 34 11,620
IA-03 5,205 2,026 1,018 24 8,273
IA-04 3,754 3,156 1,329 35 8,274
 
statewide 25,328 10,677 5,813 130 41,948

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 7, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 92,778 46,103 31,062 558 170,501
IA-02 92,583 43,858 29,835 483 166,759
IA-03 103,836 54,562 34,085 840 193,323
IA-04 63,686 57,179 22,271 392 143,528
 
statewide 352,883 201,702 117,253 2,273 674,111

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 7, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 2,844 1,362 864 20 5,090
IA-02 3,132 1,431 893 24 5,480
IA-03 2,056 1,179 555 14 3,804
IA-04 2,002 1,947 865 22 4,836
 
statewide 10,034 5,919 3,177 80 19,210

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 6, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 91,405 45,208 30,445 542 167,600
IA-02 90,997 42,857 29,122 473 163,449
IA-03 102,228 53,490 33,410 822 189,950
IA-04 62,616 55,812 21,703 377 140,508
 
statewide 347,246 197,367 114,680 2,214 661,507

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 6, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 1,353 683 459 9 2,504
IA-02 1,745 742 487 19 2,993
IA-03 1,035 549 271 10 1,865
IA-04 1,134 1,045 493 14 2,686
 
statewide 5,267 3,019 1,710 52 10,048

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 5, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 89,078 43,576 29,250 517 162,421
IA-02 88,301 41,267 27,956 445 157,969
IA-03 100,684 52,273 32,713 799 186,469
IA-04 60,803 53,409 20,658 357 135,227
 
statewide 338,866 190,525 110,577 2,065 642,086

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 5, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 181 55 95 2 333
IA-02 251 64 76 5 396
IA-03 159 71 57 4 291
IA-04 180 83 108 7 378
 
statewide 771 273 336 18 1,398

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 2, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 87,955 42,786 28,512 507 159,760
IA-02 87,397 40,589 27,314 431 155,731
IA-03 99,998 51,657 32,232 788 184,675
IA-04 60,000 51,963 20,081 339 132,383
 
statewide 335,350 186,995 108,139 2,065 632,549

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 2, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 173 50 88 0 313
IA-02 234 56 74 5 369
IA-03 150 63 51 3 267
IA-04 168 76 91 6 341
 
statewide 725 245 304 16 1,290

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of October 1, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 87,210 42,153 27,994 497 157,854
IA-02 86,758 40,029 26,946 428 154,161
IA-03 99,413 51,056 31,840 770 183,079
IA-04 59,281 50,538 19,551 328 129,698
 
statewide 332,662 183,776 106,331 2,023 624,792

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of October 1, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 113 33 59 0 205
IA-02 213 46 61 5 325
IA-03 132 60 46 3 241
IA-04 156 69 75 6 306
 
statewide 614 208 241 14 1,077

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of September 30, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 86,355 41,364 27,418 479 155,616
IA-02 85,862 39,278 26,406 419 151,965
IA-03 98,794 50,364 31,439 768 181,365
IA-04 58,382 49,062 18,922 320 126,686
 
statewide 329,393 180,068 104,185 1,986 615,632

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of September 30, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 108 32 56 0 196
IA-02 184 44 56 3 287
IA-03 117 54 42 3 216
IA-04 142 60 69 6 277
 
statewide 551 190 223 12 976

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of September 29, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 85,788 40,916 27,046 474 154,224
IA-02 84,952 38,777 25,928 398 150,055
IA-03 97,876 49,553 30,871 754 179,054
IA-04 57,539 48,008 18,514 310 124,371
 
statewide 326,155 177,254 102,359 1,936 607,704

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of September 29, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 97 25 43 0 165
IA-02 119 29 38 1 187
IA-03 104 42 37 3 186
IA-04 124 50 58 5 237
 
statewide 444 146 176 9 775

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of September 28, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 84,351 39,702 26,175 452 150,680
IA-02 83,603 37,423 25,098 383 146,507
IA-03 96,949 48,688 30,345 732 176,714
IA-04 56,125 45,758 17,546 296 119,725
 
statewide 321,028 171,571 99,164 1,863 593,626

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of September 28, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 78 21 32 0 131
IA-02 97 17 30 1 145
IA-03 82 29 26 3 140
IA-04 92 35 39 5 171
 
statewide 349 102 127 9 587

Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of September 25, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 83,197 38,707 25,515 440 147,859
IA-02 82,946 36,823 24,719 376 144,864
IA-03 96,485 48,298 30,060 723 175,566
IA-04 54,798 43,793 16,784 280 115,655
 
statewide 317,426 167,621 97,078 1,819 583,944

Absentee ballots received by Iowa county auditors as of September 25, 2020
Congressional district Democrats Republicans no-party other total
IA-01 68 21 25 0 114
IA-02 84 12 24 1 121
IA-03 72 25 22 3 122
IA-04 79 34 30 4 147
 
statewide 303 88 105 8 504

Top image cropped from a photo the Linn County elections office posted on Twitter on July 24. Each tray contains about 1,000 absentee ballot request forms that voters had returned to the county auditor.

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