DES MOINES | County-by-county voter registration maps in Iowa look pretty much the same for July and August.
A few counties changed shades, but overall, Iowa is still a state were most voters sign up as independents. Democrats are the next highest, followed by Republicans.
On the macro level, however, it’s clear that politics is on the minds of at least some Iowans. The number of people registering as independents went up by 2,263 registrants to 706,195. Democrats lost 361 folks going down from 617,736 in July to 617,375 in August. Republicans had a small gain in that same period, adding 50 people to their rolls, for a total of 617,141.
“You’re not going to see the huge swings at this time,” said Troy Price, executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party. “Right now we’re out at events and doing some door knocking, but, if you remember it wasn’t until the fall last year when you started seeing the big shifts right before the election.”