Election 2020

Congressional Democrats scrutinize state elections laws for effect on minority voters

BY: - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House panel on Monday debated whether some state elections laws disenfranchise certain voters, including people of color, and split along party lines in their conclusions. The chair of the elections subcommittee of the House Administration Committee, Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., voiced his concerns about recent voting requirement laws […]

Republican lawmaker denies Heritage Action involvement in election bill

BY: - May 13, 2021

A key Republican lawmaker on Thursday denied statements by the head of Heritage Action for America about the conservative lobbying group’s role in the approval of voting restrictions this year in Iowa. Jessica Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action for America, said in a leaked video that her organization had drafted parts of and helped […]

Democrats ask for state recount changes following Hart concession

BY: - April 16, 2021

Two weeks after Democrat Rita Hart withdrew her challenge of election results in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, legislative leaders are asking for changes in state recount procedures. “I think the time is right for a leadership bill for Democrats and Republicans to come together and make some bipartisan changes to how recount elections are handled […]

COMMENTARY

GOP lawmakers use budget to bludgeon state universities

BY: - April 12, 2021

Iowans who remember what it was like to live in a state that prized education no doubt heaved a sigh of relief when a vindictive and counterproductive bill to ban tenure at state universities failed to advance in the Legislature. Iowa employers, chamber groups and agriculture associations lobbied against that bill, which they said would […]

Democrat Rita Hart withdraws challenge in Iowa 2nd District congressional race

BY: - March 31, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democrat Rita Hart in a surprise announcement Wednesday said she’s withdrawing her challenge to the results in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, citing a “toxic campaign of political disinformation” as her request for a review of the race’s six-vote margin grew into a nationalized, increasingly partisan dispute. Hart, who has claimed that 22 ballots in […]

As GOP rewrites election laws, voting rights advocates point to Tennessee’s low turnout

BY: - March 31, 2021

As Republican-led legislatures pass laws they say are aimed at ratcheting up election security, voting rights advocates worry the entire nation could soon look a lot like Tennessee, where voter turnout and voter registration figures are among the lowest in the country. The policy debate over voting rights and election integrity has exploded in statehouses […]

Iowa secretary of state looks to raise campaign cash from 2nd District contest

BY: - March 29, 2021

Republicans on Monday moved to raise money and political capital with their reactions to the fight over Iowa’s prized House seat in the 2nd District.  GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks was seated conditionally in January after state officials certified her six-vote win in the November election. Democrat Rita Hart, citing at least 22 uncounted, legal votes, […]

Aide revises Pelosi’s comment on timing of next steps in contested Iowa race

BY: - March 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is clarifying a remark Pelosi made Thursday, when she indicated that a House panel would decide on Monday whether a challenge to the results in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District meets “certain criteria to go forward.” Pelosi made that comment to reporters Thursday during her weekly press […]

Governor accuses Pelosi of trying to steal 2nd District seat; Pelosi says she wants to be ‘fair’

BY: - March 25, 2021

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Secretary of State Paul Pate on Thursday said Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks deserves to keep her contested seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Reynolds accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of trying to steal Miller-Meeks’ seat and hand it to Democrat Rita Hart, who has appealed her six-vote loss in the […]

Rita Hart calls for U.S. House panel to conduct hand recount of ballots in disputed Iowa race

BY: - March 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Rita Hart, the Democrat challenging the results in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, is urging a U.S. House panel to do a hand recount of the 400,000 ballots cast to ensure all of the votes were properly counted. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, the Republican certified by state officials as the winner by a six-vote margin, […]

Iowa’s 2nd District race sparks national debate, could color ’22 campaigns

BY: - March 22, 2021

The overtime race in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District has turned into a debate over political tactics that many think could color the 2022 elections. Among new developments is a complaint from nine House Republicans who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump and now see the Iowa race as another threat to election integrity. Meanwhile, Politico […]

COMMENTARY

Making it easier to vote does not threaten election integrity

BY: - March 21, 2021

As state legislators consider hundreds of bills on election policies this spring, false claims of voter fraud are being repeated as justification for proposals to claw back recent advances that have made voting easier for Americans. In debates about election policy, making it easier to vote and election integrity are frequently presented as opposing goals. […]