Early voting in Iowa at record pace with several days left

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A local resident arrives to cast her ballot during early voting for the general election, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Adel, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa voters are casting ballots early in person or by mail at a record pace for the Nov. 3 election with several days of early voting still remaining.

The Iowa secretary of state’s office reported that 685,234 absentee ballots have been returned to county auditors statewide by Friday morning.

Those include people who voted by mail or early in person at auditor’s offices or satellite voting locations.

While Democrats typically lead in early voting in Iowa, their advantage this year is significantly bigger than 2016 or 2012.

About 51% of the ballots returned have come from registered Democrats compared to 31% from Republicans and 18% from those that do not belong to either party.

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