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Republicans not changing party affiliation here

In the days following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., there have been reports from election officials around the country of voters changing their registered party affiliation.

In Iowa, several news outlets have reported that more than 1,300 previously registered Republicans have changed their party affiliation since Jan. 6.

Washington, Henry and Jefferson counties, though, seemed to have bucked that trend.

“We have had two people, that I’m aware of, who have changed their registrations,” Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said Monday. “They were Republicans who changed to ‘No Party.’”

Widmer added that he and his staff do not ask why someone changes their party affiliation.

Melissa Fowler of the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office said she is not aware of any changes any voters have made recently.

“We haven’t really had anything like that,” Fowler said. “There’s been nothing that I know of.”

Henry County Deputy Auditor Andrea Cook said that was the same case there.

“Unless they’re doing it online, which they can, I’m not aware of anyone changing party affiliation,” Cook said.

According to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, the number of registered Republicans in each county on Jan. 1 was:

• Washington — 6,133 active and 230 inactive.

• Jefferson — 3,605 active and 122 inactive.

• Henry — 5,498 active and 265 inactive.

Statewide, there were 727,975 active and 33,223 inactive.

The Secretary of State will release updated totals on Feb. 1.