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Iowa breaks midterm voter turnout record

Posted at 1:16 PM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 14:16:28-05

DES MOINES, Iowa (KMTV) — Total voter turnout in Iowa for the 2018 election was 1,334,279, the most in the state's history for a midterm. The state's turnout percentage of 61.5 percent was its highest for a midterm since 1994.

The highest turnout came in Ringgold County which had a percentage of 71.4 percent of eligible voters cast their ballot. Overall, eight counties had turnout higher than 66 percent and every county was above 50 percent.

The state also set a record with 547,205 absentee ballots.

“I would like to thank all Iowans who made their voices heard in the 2018 election,” Secretary of State Paul Pate said. “Iowans turned out in records numbers and we remain one of the top states in the country for voter participation.”