DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced that Iowa hit a new high for voter registrations in the December before an upcoming general election year.
For the first time in history, Iowa has over 2 million voters heading into a general election year. The Secretary of State’s office reports that 2,014,226 Iowans are now registered to vote. This is shy of the all-time high for active registered voters in Iowa was 2,045,864, set in January 2017.
December’s active voter registration numbers is 22,807 more than what was recorded in December of 2017 and 86,206 more than what was recorded in December of 2015.
“Iowa is one of the top states in the nation for voter registration and we have made it easier than ever to register to vote,” Pate said. “We instituted online voter registration, made same-day registration easier, and help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault register to vote while keeping their address confidential through the Safe at Home program. The new law allowing 17-year-olds to register to vote and our push to get high schools involved is also making a big impact.”
“My office will continue to encourage every eligible Iowan to register to vote and participate in elections. I’m confident we will continue to break new records in the next 14 months,” he added.
Iowa is one of only seven states that offers online voter registration, same day voter registration, early voting and no-fault absentee voting.
Republicans hold an edge over Democrats with statewide voter registration totals, but Democrats have more registered voters in three of Iowa’s four congressional districts.
- Democrats: 613,899
- Republicans: 640,180
- No Party: 743,885
- Other: 16,262
Iowa 1st Congressional District (500,044)
- Democrats: 160,706
- Republicans: 139,184
- No Party: 196,086
- Other: 4,068
Iowa 2nd Congressional District (500,317)
- Democrats: 164,347
- Republicans 142,622
- No Party: 189,710
- Other: 3,638
Iowa 3rd Congressional District (525,861)
- Democrats: 171,080
- Republicans: 169,573
- No Party: 179,971
- Other: 5,237
Iowa 4th Congressional District (488,004)
- Democrats: 117,766
- Republicans: 188,801
- No Party: 178,118
- Other: 3,319