Today, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate issued the following news release:
Final Voter Registration Data Report from Iowa Caucus
DES MOINES – Both the Republican Party of Iowa and the Iowa Democratic Party received substantial growth in their ranks during the past 75 days, much of which is directly attributable to the Iowa Caucuses. Iowa Democrats increased by 27,451. Iowa Republicans increased their ranks by 26,095.
“It’s very exciting to see so many Iowans engaged in the political process,” Secretary Pate said. “Clearly, these statistics show that Iowans care deeply about the direction and future of our country. They want to make their voices heard. I encourage every eligible Iowan to get involved in elections on every level, from the school board all the way to the White House.”
Many Iowans registered to vote or changed their party affiliation at their Caucus locations. County auditors across the state received thousands of voter registration forms from the parties after the Iowa Caucuses. They had 45 days to process those.
STATEWIDE VOTER REGISTRATION NUMBERS
No Party: 726,819
Democrats: 611,562 (increase of 27,451)
Republicans: 638,207 (increase of 26,095)
No Party: 669,212 (decrease of 57,607)
Other: 6,511 (decrease of 1,044)
Statewide, Republicans maintain a registration advantage of more than 26,000 voters over Democrats. Iowa Republicans have outnumbered Democrats since September 2013.
Many voters switched their party affiliation to participate in the Iowa Caucuses, with the split between the parties being almost equal. In terms of gross totals, 37,291 Iowans became Democrats and 37,217 became Republicans since January 1.
Change of Party Totals from January 1-March 15
Democrat to Republican: 8,234
Democrat to No Party: 3,077
Democrat to Other: 113
Republican to Democrat: 6,289
Republican to No Party; 2,850
Republican to Other: 143
No Party to Democrat: 30,190
No Party to Republican: 28,307
No Party to Other: 263
Other to Democrat: 812
Other to Republican: 676
Other to No Party: 92
The Iowa Caucus and the state’s new online voter registration system also attracted almost 24,000 newly registered voters.
New Voter Registrants from January 1-March 15
No Party: 6,275
More than 8,600 Iowans have successfully used the state’s new electronic voter registration system since it’s launch on January 1. That includes new registrants and those that updated their registration. The system is housed on the Iowa Department of Transportation’s website and was built in cooperation with the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.