Electoral Votes: 6
2008 Result (%): Obama 55.2-42.7
Voting Pattern Summary
The state of Iowa is a mix of the a more urbanised east reflective of its mid-western state neighbours Illinois & Wisconsin and a less urbanised west more reflective of its western state neighbours, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Consequently, Democratic strength lies in Eastern Iowa and the urban centres of the state, while Republican strength lies in the western half of the state.
The tables of the key counties are below, please click to enlarge.
Note: Where an urban county is on a state border and is part of an urban area that crosses state lines, the adjoining state or major city of an adjoining state is noted in brackets for reference.
Iowa as a whole utilises paper ballots and optical scanning for recording and counting votes.
There are no automatic recounts for close elections in Iowa, however defeated candidates may request a recount within 3 working days of the canvass of the vote. Iowa independent electoral commissioner can also call for a recount if they suspect errors in the count or performance of election equipment.
The cost of the recount is borne by the requestor unless the result is changed due to the recount. The requestor shall post a bond when applying for a recount unless the final margin between the top two candidates is less than 1%.
The recount is undertaken by special recount boards in each county. Whilst the party requesting the recount initially chooses the precincts where the vote is to be recounted, the recount board can unilaterally choose to recount ballots in other precincts. The method of the recount, by hand or by re-tabulating the vote ( i.e. tallying precincts or rescanning ballots) is at the discretion or the county recount boards.
A full summary of Iowa recount laws can be found here.
As at 5 November, according to the US election project website, the number of early votes cast in Iowa at this election is equivalent to 41.5% of all 2008 votes cast. In 2008 the early vote share of all votes was 36%.