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State Parties Receive Large Boost from Caucus Night Registrations
Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Iowa Secretary of State Seal WEBSITE: sos.iowa.gov
E-MAIL: sos@sos.iowa.gov
OFFICE OF THE IOWA SECRETARY OF STATE
MEDIA CONTACT:
Kevin Hall
Communications Director
Kevin.Hall@sos.iowa.gov
(515) 725-2942
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 22, 2016

State Parties Receive Large Boost from Caucus Night Registrations


DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces that both the Republican Party of Iowa and the Iowa Democratic Party saw substantial gains in their voter registration numbers as a result of the February 1 Iowa Caucuses. Additionally, Iowa gained almost 12,000 new registrations between February 1-February 22, most of which are directly attributable to the Caucus. Iowans were allowed to register to vote or change party affiliation at their Caucus location.

"I am very pleased to see so many Iowans engaged in the political process, especially the 12,000 new people who registered to vote," Secretary Pate said. "Citizen participation is key for the future of our state and country. I hope everyone who registered and participated on February 1 remains involved in their community and votes in every election."

VOTER REGISTRATION TOTALS ON FEBRUARY 1
DEMOCRATS: 586,835
REPUBLICANS: 615,763
NO PARTY: 727,112

VOTER REGISTRATION TOTALS ON FEBRUARY 22
DEMOCRATS: 616,016 (gain of 29,181)
REPUBLICANS: 637,025 (gain of 21,262)
NO PARTY: 679,901 (decrease of 47,211)

NEW VOTER REGISTRATIONS FROM FEB.1-FEB 22
DEMOCRATS: 6,407
REPUBLICANS: 3,643
NO PARTY: 1,851
TOTAL: 11,974

Since participation in the Iowa Caucuses requires being a member of a specific party, there was also a significant amount of Iowans changing their party affiliation on Caucus Night. Those numbers for February are below:

PARTY AFFILIATION CHANGES BETWEEN FEBRUARY 1-FEBRUARY 22
NO PARTY TO DEMOCRAT: 26,030
NO PARTY TO REPUBLICAN: 20,769

DEMOCRAT TO REPUBLICAN: 5,709
DEMOCRAT TO NO PARTY: 1,032

REPUBLICAN TO DEMOCRAT: 5,080
REPUBLICAN TO NO PARTY: 994

***Important Notes:

  • County-by-county breakdown.
  • It is impossible to tell exactly how many of these registrations actually took place on Caucus Night, however we are confident that the Caucuses were the driving force behind the increases and changes in voter registration.
  • County auditors' offices have up to 45 days to process registrations. It is likely some paperwork from the Iowa Caucus has not been processed yet.
  • For a look at how these numbers compared to the 2008 Iowa Caucuses, click here: http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/VRStatsArchive/2008/CoFeb08.pdf

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