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2020 and 2018 polling sites in Iowa’s 99 counties

Iowa voters went to polls to cast votes in the June 2 primary amid a global pandemic. Election officials took precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19, which included in many counties reducing the number of polling sites. Here is a comparison to the number of sites in the June 2018 primaries, a IowaWatch and Iowa Freedom of Information Council collaboration. READ THE RELATED STORY: 24 rural Iowa counties opt for single polling site amid COVID-19 concerns
Adair
5 in 2020
5 in 2018

Adams
1 in 2020
5 in 2018

Allamakee
3 in 2020
11 in 2018

Appanoose
3 in 2020
12 in 2018

Audubon
1 in 2020
2 in 2018

Benton
9 in 2020
19 in 2018

Black Hawk
7 in 2020
62 in 2018

Boone
3 in 2020
15 in 2018

Bremer
10 in 2020
13 in 2018

Buchanan
3 in 2020
15 in 2018

Buena Vista
2 in 2020
10 in 2018

Butler
1 in 2020
9 in 2018

Calhoun
3 in 2020
10 in 2018

Carroll
1 in 2020
13 in 2018

Cass
5 in 2020
13 in 2018

Cedar
12 in 2020
12 in 2018

Cerro Gordo
10 in 2020
26 in 2018

Cherokee
2 in 2020
7 in 2018

Chickasaw
2 in 2020
8 in 2018

Clarke
1 in 2020
7 in 2018

Clay
1 in 2020
7 in 2018

Clayton
1 in 2020
10 in 2018

Clinton
5 in 2020
26 in 2018

Crawford
1 in 2020
8 in 2018

Dallas
8 in 2020
34 in 2018

Davis
1 in 2020
6 in 2018

Decatur
1 in 2020
7 in 2018

Delaware
12 in 2020
12 in 2018

Des Moines
2 in 2020
16 in 2018

Dickinson
1 in 2020
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Dubuque
9 in 2020
35 in 2018

Emmet
1 in 2020
11 in 2018

Fayette
2 in 2020
14 in 2018

Floyd
1 in 2020
8 in 2018

Franklin
1 in 2020
12 in 2018

Fremont
1 in 2020
5 in 2018

Greene
2 in 2020
7 in 2018

Grundy
3 in 2020
7 in 2018

Guthrie
3 in 2020
8 in 2018

Hamilton
2 in 2020
8 in 2018

Hancock
2 in 2020
10 in 2018

Hardin
2 in 2020
8 in 2018

Harrison
1 in 2020
13 in 2018

Henry
9 in 2020
9 in 2018

Howard
6 in 2020
6 in 2018

Humboldt
2 in 2020
9 in 2018

Ida
1 in 2020
7 in 2018

Iowa
5 in 2020
8 in 2018

Jackson
16 in 2020
16 in 2018

Jasper
6 in 2020
20 in 2018

Jefferson
12 in 2020
12 in 2018

Johnson
46 in 2020
57 in 2018

Jones
8 in 2020
12 in 2018

Keokuk
1 in 2020
15 in 2018

Kossuth
1 in 2020
20 in 2018

Lee
3 in 2020
22 in 2018

Linn
19 in 2020
78 in 2018

Louisa
3 in 2020
5 in 2018

Lucas
7 in 2020
7 in 2018

Lyon
1 in 2020
7 in 2018

Madison
3 in 2020
8 in 2018

Mahaska
2 in 2020
11 in 2018

Marion
5 in 2020
17 in 2018

Marshall
7 in 2020
15 in 2018

Mills
4 in 2020
11 in 2018

Mitchell
1 in 2020
11 in 2018

Monona
7 in 2020
11 in 2018

Monroe
4 in 2020
7 in 2018

Montgomery
2 in 2020
7 in 2018

Muscatine
6 in 2020
23 in 2018

O’Brien
2 in 2020
9 in 2018

Osceola
3 in 2020
8 in 2018

Page
3 in 2020
8 in 2018

Palo Alto
3 in 2020
3 in 2018

Plymouth
1 in 2020
13 in 2018

Pocahontas
5 in 2020
7 in 2018

Polk
28 in 2020
135 in 2018

Pottawattamie
5 in 2020
40 in 2018

Poweshiek
3 in 2020
8 in 2018

Ringgold
5 in 2020
7 in 2018

Sac
4 in 2020
9 in 2018

Scott
23 in 2020
63 in 2018

Shelby
5 in 2020
5 in 2018

Sioux
5 in 2020
10 in 2018

Story
10 in 2020
43 in 2018

Tama
8 in 2020
14 in 2018

Taylor
6 in 2020
7 in 2018

Union
3 in 2020
8 in 2018

Van Buren
8 in 2020
8 in 2018

Wapello
9 in 2020
22 in 2018

Warren
7 in 2020
31 in 2018

Washington
4 in 2020
11 in 2018

Wayne
4 in 2020
4 in 2020

Webster
3 in 2020
28 in 2018

Winnebago
3 in 2020
10 in 2018

Winneshiek
3 in 2020
10 in 2018

Woodbury
5 in 2020
42 in 2018

Worth
1 in 2020
7 in 2018

Wright
1 in 2020
5 in 2018
*narrowed in recent elections

Institute for Nonprofit News names IowaWatch’s Suzanne Behnke to national Emerging Leaders Council

Suzanne Behnke, executive director of the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism and its news outlet, IowaWatch, has been named to the Institute for Nonprofit News Emerging Leaders Council. INN announced Thursday, May 21, that Behnke is among 11 leaders selected for the third Emerging Leaders Council, which identifies and supports leaders who will advance the nonprofit news sector throughout the next decade. 

Suzanne Behnke, IowaWatch executive director-editor

“This is a terrific opportunity to network, to support nonprofit news and to find ways to strengthen IowaWatch,” Behnke said. “I am excited to join a terrific group of journalists.”

Behnke joined the Center in 2019 after spending two years at the Des Moines Business Record, where she was an editor and contributor.  She also is a journalism and communications instructor at Simpson College in Indianola. Behnke, a native Iowan, has a long and rich news reporting and editing history in the state. She was a reporter, copy editor and page designer at The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier from 1997 to 2000 before joining The Des Moines Register staff.

Evans: The benefit that comes from perspective

The shackles could not hold us. The Evanses cast them aside last week and traveled to Bloomfield and Cedar Rapids to visit our parents. There are few social distancing concerns when you are standing quietly in a cemetery with your spouse, and your thoughts. Every time I make the trip to Bloomfield and stop at the neatly tended expanse up the hill from the Fox River, there are many topics I wish I could chat about with Mom and Pop. Most would deal with family – what Sue and I have been up to, our two daughters, and how much we wish Mom and Pop could have the pleasure of knowing these delightful young women.

Tell us about your mental health struggles amid COVID-19, other disasters

We’re digging into the stressful toll of wildfires, hurricanes and floods — and now COVID-19 on top of them. We need your help. Every year, weather-related disasters ravage communities across the United States, creating scenes traumatic and, increasingly, familiar. Deadly firestorms throughout the West. Historic floods in the Farm Belt. Catastrophic hurricanes with record rains in the South and along the East Coast.

Evans: No hugs and casseroles make this more difficult

We always can use more humor. Even during a pandemic. At least that was my justification for a “thought” I shared with the world on social media last week. A Michigan woman posted on Twitter that she was writing a condolence card when her 5-year-old son interrupted and wanted to know what she was doing. “I’m writing a note to say how sorry I am that my friend’s mom died,” the woman replied.