Iowa sees voter turnout record in Tuesday's primary


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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa has a new record for voter turnout in a June primary election.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says 523,952 Iowans cast ballots in Tuesday's voting.

Pate credits not only voters for the high turnout, but also poll workers and county auditors who took part in the primary during the COVID-19 pandemic and protests.

The previous high for a June primary was set in 1994, when more than 449,490 Iowans voted.

Earlier this spring, Pate's office sent absentee ballot requests to every registered voter in the state in hopes they'd vote from home and reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Full election results can be found on the Iowa Secretary of State's website.

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