Plymouth County voters turn out at polls
LE MARS — Plymouth County residents went to the voting booths Tuesday, November 8, to elect local, state and national candidates.
Of the county’s 18,270 registered voters, 9,883, or 54.09 percent cast their ballots in the 2022 election, either at the 11 voting precincts Tuesday or by absentee ballot.
“It was definitely busier than we thought it would be,” said Cheri Nitzschke, deputy auditor.
Polls were open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
This year there were 2,591 absentee ballots cast, according to Jan Hoffman, deputy auditor.
“In a general election, the absentee ballot counts have to roll back into the precinct totals,” she explained.
She added it was a good turnout of voters for a midterm election cycle.
Precinct results are brought to the auditor’s office on election night by machine by poll workers. Hoffman said the last precinct runner to return the machine came at 8:40 p.m.
Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will canvass the votes at their Nov. 15 board meeting.
The unofficial results for Plymouth County are:
• United States Senator
Charles Grassley, Rep. - 7,649
Michael Franken, Dem. - 2,053
Write-in — 13
• United States Representative District 4
Randy Feenstra, Rep. - 7,773
Ryan Melton, Dem. 1,770
Bryan Jack Holder, LBC - 136
Write-ins - 5
• Governor and Lt. Governor
Kim Reynolds and Adam Gregg, Rep. - 8,026
Deidra DeJear and Eric Van Lancker, Dem. - 1,643
Rick Stewart and Marco Battalgia, Lib. - 152
• Auditor of State
Todd Halbur, Rep. - 6,662
Rob Sand, Dem. - 2,859
• Secretary of State
Paul D. Pate, Rep. - 7,667
Joel Miller, Dem. - 1,935
Write-in - 3
• Treasurer of State
Roby Smith, Rep. - 6,934
Michael L. Fitzgerald, Dem. - 2,576
Write-in - 4
• Secretary of Agriculture
Mike Naig, Rep. - 7,951
John Norwood, Dem. - 1,651
• Attorney General
Brenna Bird, Rep. - 6,890
Tom Miller, Dem. - 2,658
Write-in - 6
• State Representative District 3
Thomas Jeneary, Rep. - 4,782
Write-in - 45
State Senator District 7
Kevin Alons, Rep. - 3,460
Write-in - 38
State Representative District 13
Ken E. Carlson, Rep. - 3,319
Amy Janowski, Lib. - 468
Write-in - 6
Constitutional Amendment 1
Yes - 7,697
No - 1,475
• County Board of Supervisors District 1
John Meis, Rep. - 8,250
Write in - 67
• County Board of Supervisors District 3
Don Kass, Rep. - 8,170
Write-in - 59
• County Board of Supervisors District 4
Craig A. Anderson, Rep. - 8,056
Write-in - 63
• County Treasurer
Shelly Sitzmann, Rep. - 8,485
Write-in - 39
Jolene Goodchild, Rep. - 8,367
Write-in - 36
Darin J. Raymond, Rep. 7,973
Write-in - 92
• Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner (vote for 2)
Jeremy Homan - 5,577
Robert Puetz - 5,698
Write-in - 53
• County Agricultural Extension Council Member (vote for 5)
Michael Thomas Sitzmann - 3,498
Bret Udell - 3,301
Janell Heimgartner - 3,163
Blake Hoefling - 3,147
Thomas Lehner - 3,102
De Ann Lehner - 3,081
Sandy Koch - 2,673
Randy Kroksh - 2,641
Julie Ann Madden - 2,022
Write-in - 79
Plymouth County voters also gave approval to retention of judges on the ballot.
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced the unofficial turnout for the November 2022 general election was the second highest in state history for a midterm. More than 1,220,000 Iowans voted. The all-time high for an Iowa midterm election was 1,329,930, set in 2018.
“My thanks to Iowans from every corner of the state who made their voices heard by voting,” Secretary Pate said. “I also want to thank the poll workers and county election officials across Iowa for their hard work and dedication. However, our work is not finished.”
Every county will now conduct post-election audits in randomly selected precincts to help ensure the integrity of the vote. Pate added another layer of protection to Iowa’s electoral process this year by ordering a second race to undergo hand count audits in every county. The audits will ensure the numbers match the totals reported by the ballot tabulators. The gubernatorial race and constitutional amendment ballot measure will be audited.
“Post-election audits add another layer of integrity to the election process,” Pate said. “I want all Iowans to know their vote counts, and it will be counted correctly.”
All election results remain unofficial until canvassing is complete, and results are certified. The deadline is Dec. 5.