DES MOINES — The totals are in for the first full month of sports betting in the state. Gamblers wagered around $38.5 million at the 15 casinos that offered sports betting in September.Nearly $21.8 million of that came in on-line bets and the rest was at the on-site betting parlors. Ten of the casinos took in one-million or more dollars in bets — led by Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona at a little more than $14.5 million.The Ameristar in Council Bluffs was second in betting at nearly $3.8 million, followed by the Isle Casino in Waterloo with around $3.5 million.The Diamond Jo Worth casino near Northwood had the sixth highest take for the month of September with just under $2.3 million.Casinos and their sports betting partners kept around five million dollars in September — and paid the state $334,552 in taxes.Sports gambling began on August 15th and there were around $8.5 million in bets placed in those first 16 days. Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino — $14,525,771.63Ameristar II — $3,798,474.21Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo — $3,537,218.54Riverside Casino — $2,755,276.27Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs — $2,354,588.05Diamond Jo Worth —- $2,297,106.75Isle of Capri -Bettendorf — $2,214,581.14Lakeside Casino — $1,587,337.92Rhythm City Casino — $1,259,600.74Grand Falls Casino Resort — $1,145,977.36Diamond Jo Dubuque — $978,825.50Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel — $835,214.20Q Casino (Dubuque) — $566,870.85Catfish Bend Casino — $389,425.19Hard Rock Casino — $282,652.70
DES MOINES — Secretary of State Paul Pate has mailed every registered voter in the state a form to request an absentee ballot for the June Primary and Pate says they should arrive in mailboxes next week.“It’s a document that says: ‘Vote Safe, Iowa.’ It’ll the Secretary of State logo on it and it’s a simple tri-fold. You open it up, filled out the little one-page section and the postage is prepaid and in a few days you’ll get your ballot,” Pate says. “It’s that easy and that safe.”Pate used his emergency powers during the pandemic to take this step to encourage “early” voting for the June 2nd Primary. The deadline for submitting absentee ballot requests to county auditors is May 22nd.“But I would encourage when you get this mailer to process it and get it in,” Pate says. “That way you’re got it under control.”The early voting period for June’s Primary Election starts today. Pate and county auditors are urging Iowans to avoid voting in person on Primary Day due to concerns about spreading the coronavirus among voters and poll workers.“That’s what we want our folks to do right now during these times of challenge,” Pate says.Iowans may start casting early votes in-person at their county auditor’s office on Monday, May 4th. You must be a registered Democrat or a registered Republican voter to cast a ballot in that party’s June Primary, but independent or “no party” voters may switch their registration to either party to participate.This is what the mailing looks like.Didn’t get the mailing? Here’s an absentee ballot request formList of candidates in 2020 Iowa Primary Elections.