The Latest on the Iowa primary election

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Latest on the Iowa primary election (all times local):

10:55 a.m.

Election officials are warning that some Iowa voters are receiving text messages directing them to the wrong polling places.

Secretary of State Paul Pate tweeted Tuesday morning that his office is investigating the texts. He said some of the primary day texts erroneously start with "Tomorrow is the Democratic Primary."

Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald says county auditors were told a preliminary investigation suggests the texts are a mistake by a campaign and not malicious in intent. Reports of incorrect text messages were made in Polk, Linn, Johnson and Black Hawk counties.

A spokesman for Pate’s office says additional information is forthcoming. Pate says voters can contact their county auditors’ offices or go online to find polling place information.

10:20 a.m.

With five Democratic candidates competing in Iowa’s gubernatorial primary, it’s possible the top vote-getter doesn’t end up on the November ballot.

Iowa law requires a primary candidate to secure 35 percent of the vote to win an election. If that doesn’t happen Tuesday, the Democratic nomination will be decided at a state party convention later this month.

Several Iowa officials, historians and political science professors say they’re not aware of any gubernatorial nomination for either major party that has been decided by convention.

At least two Republican congressional races have been decided at party conventions in recent years.

The eventual nominee will attempt to unseat Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, who is facing her first electoral bid to be governor after serving the remaining term of Terry Branstad, now U.S. ambassador to China.

9:10 a.m.

Nearly 50,000 people have already cast their ballots in Iowa’s primary through early voting.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office says that’s the rough total of early ballots submitted as of Monday. That number could increase as additional absentee ballots are received.

Democrats cast about 35,000 ballots, while Republicans cast about 14,400 ballots. Libertarians cast 215 ballots.

Pate says Iowa set a record for early voting requests this primary. More than 54,000 voters made requests, surpassing the previous high of nearly 45,000 in 2014. The state also hit a new high for registered voters leading into a primary. Iowa now has about 1.96 million active voters – exceeding a 2010 record by more than 7,000 voters.

Two Democrats will square off Tuesday to challenge Pate, a Republican, who is unopposed in the primary.

8:15 a.m.

Iowa voters heading to the polls Tuesday will be asked for identification as part of a new law that was passed last year in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The law, which is being phased in, requires voters this year to be asked for approved ID. If someone doesn’t have that identification, he or she can sign an oath verifying their identity and cast a regular ballot.

Acceptable forms of identification will be an Iowa driver’s license, an Iowa nondriver’s ID, a new nonphoto voter card, a U.S. passport or passport card, a military identification or a veterans ID.

Both state officials and voting advocacy groups say they’re keeping a close watch on the law’s rollout. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says no eligible voter will be turned away.

In 2019 a person without proper identification will have to vote by provisional ballot. That requires the voter to return within a few days with ID, or the ballot won’t count.

7:30 a.m.

Polls have opened for the primary election in Iowa, giving voters 14 hours to cast ballots for local, state and national races.

Voting began at 7 a.m. Tuesday and is scheduled to end at 9 p.m. Iowa has one of the longest hours for election day voting in the country.

Data show more than 40,000 voters have cast ballots during early voting that began May 7.

A new voter ID law in Iowa will see its first statewide soft rollout during the primary. Iowans will be asked to show approved identification before voting. Anyone without an ID will have the option to sign an oath verifying their identity to cast a regular ballot.

Key statewide contests include the Democratic primary for governor and several congressional races. Republicans have several choices for the secretary of agriculture race, and there’s a two-way race for Democrats in the primary for secretary of state.

12:10 a.m.

Depending on their party, Iowa voters will have a packed or sparse primary election ballot.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday for an election that features plenty of Democratic candidates seeking to run against Republican incumbents. Because the GOP holds so many statewide and congressional offices, Republican voters will see fewer options as most incumbents will face challengers.

Democrats will pick from contested fields for governor, three of four congressional seats and secretary of state.

Republicans will see contested races for the 4th Congressional District and state agriculture secretary.

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