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CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa voter registration has hit a new high for December before an election year.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced Friday there are 1,991,419 active registered voters in Iowa. There are another 136,937 inactive registrants, who are people who have not voted in recent elections.

“Voter registration usually ticks up right before and right after a general election,” Pate said. “For the numbers to be this high headed into an election year shows Iowans are engaged in the process.”

According to the United States Elections Project, 93 percent of Iowa’s eligible population is registered to vote. That is one of the highest rankings in the country.

By comparison, in December 2015, there were 1,929,020 active registered voters.

Pate said registering has never been easier and noted several ways to register, including online, through the mail, through various government agencies and at the polls on Election Day.

The current statewide active voter registration totals breakdown shows 604,493 Democrats, 653,032 Republicans, 9,606 Libertarians and 721,344 no party.

In December 2015, there were 584,307 Democrats, 611,433 Republicans and 724,801 no party voters registered.

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