A flood of absentee ballots proved too much for Hardin County’s tabulation machine to handle on Tuesday. A mechanical malfunction delayed final results of one of the most watched general elections in years, which in Hardin County turned out to be an overwhelming victory for Republicans up and down the ticket.
Hardin County Attorney Darrell Meyer announced just after 6 p.m. Tuesday that local results of the election would be delayed until midnight or later “due to the high volume of absentee ballots and the time it takes to accurately process those ballots”. In actuality, it took until after 4 a.m. Wednesday to finish the count. (Because of the delayed results, the Nov. 4 Times Citizen does not include a breakdown of vote totals for each candidate.)
We have set a new all-time turnout record for an Iowa general election. Ballots are still coming in but we have shattered the previous record of 1,589,951 set in 2012 by at least 80,000 votes. Well done Iowans! #BeAVoter pic.twitter.com/tThwyyfwRo— Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (@IowaSOS) November 4, 2020