Pate Says In Person Voting Went Smoothly, Early Voting Set Record In Non Presidential Year

Statewide Iowa — Iowa’s commissioner of elections says early voting in this year’s Primary Election will set a record in a non-presidential year.

Secretary of State Paul Pate says more than 73-thousand Iowans voted by absentee ballot.

Pate’s been working in the state election office in the Lucas State Office Building. He says county auditors report in-person voting was steady, but….

Pate and his staff are guessing that means total turnout is likely to be around 15 percent.

Pate has ordered all 99 counties to conduct a post-election audit of the primary election. Wednesday, there will be a random drawing to select one precinct in each county to be audited. Pate says that will trigger a hand count of the paper ballots in each of those precincts.

Pate says in-person voting went smoothly and there were no reports of major issues.