Fayette County Voter Registrations Follow Statewide Trend
As the 2018 midterm elections approached, Fayette County registrations grew slightly on the Democratic side and fell somewhat on the Republican, according to state voter registration records. This followed a general trend in Iowa.
Fayette County also has more independent voters than those enrolled in either party, also mirroring the state as a whole. In October, there were 3,983 Republicans, 3,386 Democrats and 4,252 people registered with no party affiliation in Fayette County.
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Going into the 2018 election, Republican registrations have declined while Democratic registrations increased from the prior year. As of Oct. 1, there were 644,141 in the GOP column and 620,639 Democrats. That’s about a 51 to 49 percent split of voters registered in those parties.
Voters registered with no party affiliation have exceeded registration totals for Democrats and Republicans for the past 18 years.
Republican registrations peaked in 2017 at about 674,000, when looking at registration numbers reported in January of each year. Republicans outnumbered Democrats from 2000 to 2006 and again from 2014 to 2018.
Democratic registrations hit a high of about 710,000 in 2009 in the aftermath of Barack Obama’s election. Obama captured nearly 54 percent of Iowa’s popular vote, winning its seven Electoral College votes. Democrats were more numerous than Republicans from 2007 to 2013 when looking at registrations each January.
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About the Data
This dataset contains voter registration data in Iowa by month and county starting with January 2000. It identifies the number of voters registered as Democrats, Republicans, other party or no party.
For clarity in the visualizations, the graphics do not include numbers for those registered as “other” parties or Libertarians, who have separate totals listed starting in March 2017.
The dataset also identifies inactive voter registrations. These were not included in the totals. Inactive voters are those to whom official mailings have been sent from the county auditor’s office, the notice was returned as undeliverable by the United States Postal Service and the voter has not responded to a follow-up confirmation notice.