State shatters record on voter turnout for June primary

Updated: Jun. 3, 2020 at 2:46 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced Wednesday that Iowa broke its record for a primary election with how many voters participated in Tuesday’s primary.

More than 500,000 people cast ballots, early or in-person, for the election.

“The credit goes to Iowa voters, poll workers, and county auditors,” Secretary Pate said. “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and protests going on across the state, Iowans made their voices heard in record numbers. I am so proud of everyone who participated and the people behind the scenes in all 99 counties that made it happen. I also want to thank Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Iowa National Guard for delivering masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer to the counties so Iowans could vote safely at the polls.”

Before this primary, the record was in 1994, with 449,490 Iowans casting their voters. Post-election audits are now underway. Every county will randomly select precinct to “ensure the integrity of the vote.” All results will remain unofficial until the canvassing is complete.

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