Latest voter registration numbers heading into #IACaucus

The state’s commissioner of elections (with the title of “Secretary of State”) is NOT involved in tonight’s Caucuses. These are not elections. The 1681 precinct meetings are managed by the Republican Party of Iowa and the Iowa Democratic Party. However, the secretary of state’s office has just provided an update on voter registration trends.  Read it below:

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces that both the Iowa Republican and Democratic parties have seen substantial gains in voter registration over the past few days and throughout the month prior to the Iowa Caucuses. Almost 1,500 Iowans have registered vote for in the past four days. As of 8:43 am, February 1, the morning of the Iowa Caucus, here are the latest voter registration numbers:

February 1

Democrats: 586,835
Republicans: 615,763
No Party: 727,112
Other: 7,607
Total: 1,937,317

January 27

Democrats: 586,211
Republicans: 615,066
No Party: 726,999
Other: 7,597
Total: 1,935,873

Increases by Party from January 27-February 1

Democrats: +624
Republicans: +697
No Party: +113
Other: +10
Totals: +1,444

Both the Republican and Democratic parties saw significant increases in voter registration from the previous month’s totals. Here are the numbers from the beginning of January:

January 4

Democrats: 584,111
Republicans: 612,112
No Party: 726,819
Other: 7,555
Totals: 1,930,597

Increases by Party from  January 4-February 1

Democrats: +2,724
Republicans: +3,651
No Party: +293
Other: +52
Total: +6,720

“These numbers indicate Iowans are engaged in the Iowa Caucus process and are anxious to cast their ballot for the presidential candidate of their choice. I encourage all eligible Iowans to participate in the Caucuses tonight,” Secretary Pate said. “I also want to remind Iowans that they can register to vote or update their registration information at their precinct location. If you need to do that, please give yourself extra time by arriving early. The Caucuses start at 7 pm.”

All of the monthly voter registration totals are available on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website at this link. Click on ‘February’ under ‘2016’ for the latest information:

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