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September 28th, 2012
 

Friday Flashback: Absentee Requests

A lot has been made this week of the number of absentee ballots that have been requested by Democrats.  Democrats in Iowa always lead in this department, so seeing Republicans trail Democrats in request by a large margin is nothing new.

To better grasp if there is any conclusion we can draw for this year’s number, I dug deep in to my archives (Google) to see how this year’s numbers stack up to previous election years.

2012 absentee requests as reported by The Des Moines Register
(LINK)

Democrats: 109,709, or 66 percent of total requests.
Republicans:
20,458, or 12 percent of total requests.
No Party:
36,653, or 22 percent of total requests.

201O absentee requests as reported by The Des Moines Register
(LINK)

Democrats: 33,017, or 62 percent of total requests.
Republicans:
11,785 or 22 percent of total requests.
No Party:
8,811, or 16 percent of total requests.

20O8 absentee requests as reported by the now defunct Iowa Independent
(LINK)

Democrats: 62,024, or 60 percent of total requests.
Republicans:
18,558 or 18 percent of total requests.
No Party:
23,460, or 23 percent of total requests.

Observation:  It’s obvious that Republican requests are down this cycle.  For one reason or another, I just got my absentee request form the Republican Party of Iowa in the mail this week.  I’m not an expert in the world of absentees, but I have always thought the goal was to get the request out a before balloting begins, not as it begins.  I did receive an absentee request from Ralph Reed’s Freedom Coalition of America earlier in the month.  I thought the timing of that piece made more sense.

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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