2020 Iowa primary election

Secretary of state seeks first emergency voting change under new law

BY: - June 30, 2020

Secretary of State Paul Pate has drafted an emergency order to allow active-duty military voters and U.S. citizens who are overseas to cast their ballots electronically during the July 7 primary elections because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s now up to a panel of legislators to decide whether the order can be issued.  That’s because […]

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 […]

What Wisconsin’s voting chaos can teach other states

BY: - May 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — Wisconsin’s primary election has become a cautionary tale for election administrators and public officials all over the country.  Nobody wants to see long lines of masked voters like Milwaukee saw on April 7 due to a lack of poll workers and polling places. But the Wisconsin election also offered another lesson: moving voters […]