Election 2022: Iowa election official says primary saw high turnout

More numbers from Iowa's primary election Tuesday.
Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 3:31 PM CDT
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(WOWT) - Paul Pate, Iowa’s Secretary of State, said Wednesday that more than 356,000 Iowans voted in Tuesday’s primary election — the second-highest voter turnout since 1994.

The state also saw more than 73,000 absentee ballots were received — the second-highest number of absentee ballots for a primary election in Iowa’s history.

Unofficial turnout numbers showed 195,355 Republicans and 156,589 Democrats cast their votes for the Iowa primary, which went smoothly, Pate said.

“I think it went fantastic,” Pate said in a release Wednesday. “I’ve got to compliment all the voters and our unsung heroes, those poll workers. They came through with flying colors. We saw thousands of Iowans coming out to have their voice heard and democracy in action.”

Pate’s office randomly selected a precinct to conduct a post-election audit.

“County officials will hand count every ballot in that precinct to ensure the totals match the number compiled by the vote tabulators,” the release states.

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