Plymouth County voters turn out at polls

Thursday, November 17, 2022

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:

Federal

• 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

State

• 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

Write-in 1

• 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

• 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

•County Recorder

Jolene Goodchild, Rep. - 8,367

Write-in - 36

County Attorney

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.