Record absentee ballot requests, voter registrations

The Iowa Secretary of State?s office says a record number of Iowans are voting by absentee ballot for the June 5 primary elections.

As of Thursday afternoon, 46,087 Iowans had requested an absentee ballot. That is more than any primary election in state history.

The new total surpasses the 2016 mark of 44,016 and the 2014 number of 44,740. Secretary Paul Pate attributes the record absentee numbers to competitive statewide races for both parties, and for Iowa?s congressional seats.

There were 9,623 absentee ballots that have been sent to voters by county auditors, but not returned as of Thursday, he added. Also, Pate?s office released new data Friday showing that Iowa has more active registered voters than before any June primary in Iowa history.

There are currently 1,964,522 active registered voters in the state. The previous high leading into a June primary election was 1,956,723 in 2010.

The all-time high for active registered voters was 2,045,864 in January 2017.

Iowa voters who want to participate in Tuesday?s June 5 primary but are not registered to vote can register and vote at the polls on Election Day. If you are registering to vote on Election Day you will need to bring a photo ID and proof of residency, such as a lease or utility bill.

That process has not changed from previous elections. Polls will be open statewide on Tuesday from 7 a.m. ? 9 p.m. For more information and to make sure you?re Voter Ready, visit