2020 elections

Georgia secretary of state wades into fight over who won Iowa congressional race

BY: - March 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s secretary of state, who drew national attention when then-President Donald Trump pressured him to change the state’s November election results, is warning Georgia Democrats in Congress against voting to seat an Iowa Democrat who claims she was the rightful winner in a House race last year. Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, weighed in on […]

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Could curtailing absentee voting crush conservatives in future elections?

BY: - March 14, 2021

Republicans seem on a mission to reverse the 2020 Election results.  One step for the GOP involves making it harder to vote in the future.  If these misguided initiatives succeed, then America will be a little less democratic, but will see a lot more Democrats win at the ballot box. That’s because absentee voting has […]

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Five things that didn’t totally suck in 2020

BY: - December 28, 2020

During a New Year’s Eve gathering last year, my friends and I merrily shredded a 2019 calendar and said good riddance. We had every reason to expect that 2020 would be a time of renewal for ourselves and our country. This year, if we get together for New Year’s, it will likely be via a […]

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U.S. House is the wrong place to decide who won 2nd District race

BY: - December 8, 2020

Tone-deaf. That’s the dismal state of the political discourse in our nation these days. Regrettably, Iowa has an all-too-prominent role in this bumbling lack of awareness of how our democracy is being eaten away by the people who want to be our leaders. Pour yourself a glass of Maalox. You will need it, because your […]

‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears

BY: and - October 5, 2020

  WASHINGTON — Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic. A vastly underfunded and decentralized electoral system that could take days and possibly weeks to certify results.  Attempts to suppress voting, interfere with elections and cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in ballots — including by none other than the president.  These […]

Pate: Tools to assist felons with restored voting rights ‘not the finished product’

BY: - October 2, 2020

Iowa Secretary of State Pate Pate on Friday unveiled a new voter registration form and website aimed at assisting Iowans with past felony convictions who have had their voting rights restored. However, Pate said Friday in an interview the tools aren’t complete. “Actually, the process is evolving. What we’re putting out there today is not […]

Hart, Miller-Meeks split on federal mask mandate

BY: - September 24, 2020

The candidates for the 2nd Congressional District seat in southeastern Iowa on Thursday split on the idea of a federal mask mandate, but agreed more federal stimulus aid is needed to address the pandemic. Democrat Rita Hart and Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks, locked in a battle to replace retiring Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack, answered questions from […]

KCCI, Register plan 3rd Congressional District debate Oct. 12

BY: - September 17, 2020

U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne and challenger and former Rep. David Young will debate Oct. 12 in an event arranged by television station KCCI and the Des Moines Register. The 3rd Congressional District debate will begin at 7 p.m. and will focus on the economy, agriculture and the response to COVID-19, the news organizations reported. The […]

Counties may get extra time to prepare for the counting of absentee ballots

BY: - September 16, 2020

Despite the anticipated difficulties associated with the upcoming general election, the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office expects that on election night, Iowans will know who carried the state in the presidential contest. “I think we’ll know which way Iowa has gone on election night,” Kevin Hall, spokesman for Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, said […]

Pate stages workshops to help counties ‘safeguard’ Iowans’ votes

BY: - July 31, 2020

The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office is launching a series of virtual workshops intended to help counties guard against any disruption of the 2020 elections. The workshops are part of the state agency’s Incident Response Plan, and are expected guide county auditors, information-technology administrators and emergency management coordinators through a variety of scenarios that could […]

Iowa election officials say they’re ready for pandemic-era voting

BY: - May 26, 2020

Iowa election officials say they expect no major problems in the June 2 primary, despite the issues caused by COVID-19. The pandemic has dramatically reduced the number of in-person polling sites throughout Iowa, but it has also caused an enormous increase in the number of absentee ballots requested. Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald says Iowans […]

Iowa counties cut back voting sites as absentee ballot requests surge

BY: - May 5, 2020

As Iowa counties dramatically scale back the number of polling sites to be used in the upcoming primary election, an Iowa judge has ordered one western Iowa county to modify its plans to severely restrict in-person voting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, counties throughout the state are scaling back the number of polling sites where […]