Iowa officials: state saw record election turnout

Posted at 4:12 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 17:40:03-05

DES MOINES, Iowa (KMTV) - The Iowa State Canvassing Board officially certified the results of the 2020 general election on Monday.

State officials say election turnout was the highest in state history, with more than 1.7 million voters casting ballots. Iowa’s turnout percentage of 76% was one of the highest in the nation.

“I’m proud of all the work our election officials and poll workers put in and of the way Iowans showed up in record numbers to make their voices heard,” Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said. “Despite the pandemic, we had record-breaking turnout in the June primary and November general election. That shows once again that Iowans’ commitment to civic engagement is unrivaled.”

President Donald Trump won the state over President-elect Joe Biden by a 897,672 to 759,061 margin.

Iowa's Second Congressional District Race was much closer. Mariannette Miller-Meeks topped Rita Hart by six votes, 196,964-196,958, after a recount was conducted.

“This race reinforces that every single vote can make a difference and hopefully sends a message about how important it is to be a voter,” Pate said.

Below are some statistics from Iowa’s 2020 general election:

  • Voter turnout was 1,700,130, setting a new state record. The previous high was 1,589,951 set in 2012.
  • 1,001,573 Iowans cast absentee ballots, another state record. That accounted for 58.9% of all ballots.
  • The percentage of registered voters that participated was 75.77%, one of the highest turnout rates in the country.
  • Every county in the state surpassed 65% turnout.
  • Harrison County had the best turnout percentage, 87.5%.
  • 14 counties surpassed 80% turnout: Benton, Bremer, Cedar, Dallas, Delaware, Fayette, Grundy, Harrison, Kossuth, Madison, Ringgold, Sioux, Warren, and Wayne.

The State Canvassing Board is made up of Iowa’s Governor, Secretary of State, Secretary of Agriculture, State Auditor and State Treasurer.

The full State Canvass is available on the Secretary of State’s website at this link.

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