The state’s top elected officials have formally put the results of the 2012 General Election in the record books.
The Iowa Executive Council is made up of the governor and other statewide elected officials. The council met Monday, serving as the statewide board that conducts the “canvas” of votes. The group confirmed that there was a record turn-out in Iowa for the 2012 election, with nearly 1,590,000 votes cast. That’s about 43,000 above the previous record, which was set in 2008.
There was a wide variation in county-level turnout. More than 84 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in Fayette County in northeast Iowa, which includes the towns of Oelwein and West Union. The lowest county turn-out figure was in Fremont County in southwest Iowa, where just over 61 percent of eligible voters participated. Sidney is the county seat of Fremont County.