Pate orders vote audits in random precincts in each of Iowa’s 99 counties

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says there was “a pretty big uptick” in voter turn out for yesterday’s city and school board elections in Polk, Linn and Black Hawk Counties.

“The early voting was significantly higher in the major urban counties,” Pate says. “Some of them were seeing almost twice as many absentees as they had in 2019.”

Voter turn-out in Black Hawk County will be at least double what it was for city and school board elections two years ago. Pate says voter participation has been trending up in most elections over the past six years.

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