In the aftermath of the election, there is always the crunching of numbers and the looking for trends and noteworthy facts. Early numbers indicate that Iowa might be the only state in the United States that has a really positive distinction: voter turnout that actually increased from the 2008 elections.
Voter turnout was down nationally since 2008, with only 57.5% of registered voters casting a ballot on Tuesday. In Iowa, 71.8% of registered voters exercised their right, which was the highest percentage of turnout in over 20 years. It also marked the highest total number of voters ever, with an increase from 2008 of close to 12,000 voters.
I have to say that it makes me proud to live in a state where people take voting seriously and that gets to be a place that is significantly important to the Presidential campaigns, even if that does mean that we have to suffer through more than our fair share of political ads during the process.
Why do you think Iowans are so much more politically engaged than the rest of the country? Do you know anyone who didn't vote this year?