Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
Des Moines, IA 50319
|OFFICE OF THE IOWA SECRETARY OF STATE|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 6, 2019
MEDIA RELEASE: Over 359,000 voters cast ballots in city/school elections
DES MOINES – More than 359,000 Iowans cast ballots in Iowa’s first merged city/school elections held across the state Tuesday.
“Overall, I’m pleased with how the first city/school elections went across the state,” Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said. “As Iowa’s voter registration totals continue to soar, I believe turnout in these important local elections will follow that trend and Tuesday was a step in the right direction. We will now be working with county auditors to conduct post-election audits. That’s another important layer of protection we added to the process to help ensure the integrity of the vote.”
This morning, the Secretary of State’s Office randomly chose one precinct in each county for a post-election audit. These measures were implemented as part of the Election Integrity and Modernization Act passed by the Iowa Legislature in 2017.
Secretary Pate’s staff joined county, state and federal partners, including Iowa’s OCIO and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to monitor cybersecurity activities throughout Election Day. There was no increase in cyber alerts or activity on the state or federal level.
For a statewide and county-by-county breakdown of voter turnout numbers based on the unofficial results, click here.