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Iowa Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal of absentee ballot rulings

By: - September 17, 2020 1:33 pm

County auditors say they had to turn down hundreds of voters who requested absentee ballots under a new deadline. (Photo illustration by Iowa Capital Dispatch)

The Iowa Supreme Court has refused to hear appeals from the Linn County and Woodbury County auditors seeking to overturn district-court rulings that invalidated tens of thousands of absentee ballot applications.

The Republican National Committee, Republican Party of Iowa and Trump campaign sued the auditors of those counties and Johnson County. The auditors had sent out absentee ballot request forms countywide that were pre-printed with voter identification information.

District judges have ruled in favor of the GOP groups’ petition for temporary injunctions in all three case and ordered the counties to contact tens of thousands of voters who returned the applications.

A separate case filed by state and national Democratic Party organizations, which challenges the Iowa secretary of state’s authority to specify how counties print absentee ballot applications, is still pending.

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