absentee ballots

State Dems relate their experiences on the front lines of the voting rights struggle

BY: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — State Democratic legislators on Tuesday outlined their efforts to not only protect voting rights, but also expand them in their Republican-controlled state legislatures. During a panel discussion, state lawmakers from Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida discussed how they’ve fought against restrictive elections measures introduced and passed in their legislatures. This year alone, […]

Voting rights advocates air worries about onslaught of new state election laws

BY: - April 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House elections panel on Thursday heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box. The hearing in the House Administration Committee’s elections subcommittee also served as a way […]

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. […]

A major election bill passed the Legislature. What does that mean for voters?

BY: - February 24, 2021

A sweeping election bill that shrinks Iowa’s absentee voting window and introduces new penalties for election misconduct is headed to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ desk. The House passed the bill, Senate File 413, on Wednesday evening by a 57-37 vote. The Senate voted 30-18 to pass an identical bill on Tuesday. Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, led […]

Senate passes major election bill one week after its introduction

BY: - February 23, 2021

The Iowa Senate passed a sweeping elections bill Tuesday that would shorten the time frame for absentee and early voting and create strict statewide standards for county auditors with felony penalties for misconduct. “The 2020 election saw record turnout in the state and across the country,” said Sen. Roby Smith, R-Davenport, who led a three-hour […]

Evolving version of election bill speeds through Iowa House and Senate committees

BY: - February 18, 2021

House and Senate committees passed a 36-page election bill Thursday that would shorten the window for absentee and early voting and would introduce harsher penalties for election officials who do not follow state guidelines. Lawmakers introduced the identical bills, House File 590 and Senate File 413, just two days before. Republicans leading the bills said […]

Some in GOP echo Trump’s boast he’ll win with ‘legal votes’

BY: - November 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — Some GOP lawmakers, including Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, have fallen in line with President Donald Trump’s claim that he will win the election if the “legal votes” are counted. “If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Trump said Thursday night, without citing any evidence that votes have been cast fraudulently or […]

Iowa religious leaders call for all votes to be counted

BY: - November 4, 2020

More than a dozen of Iowa’s religious and community leaders came together the day after the election to urge politicians and election officials to count every vote, in light of the razor-thin margins in the presidential race. President Donald Trump prematurely declared victory early Wednesday morning as key battleground states try to finish tallying millions […]

Iowans break turnout record with nearly 1.7 million ballots cast

BY: and - November 3, 2020

More than 1,697,000 Iowans had voted by the end of the day Tuesday, breaking the turnout record for a general election, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate reported Wednesday. The turnout exceeded the previous state record of 1,589,951 set in 2012. The state also set a new record for absentee voting, with 1,001,840 absentee ballots […]

Election Day troubleshooting: Here’s what to do if your absentee ballot is absent, you’re not registered or other voting issues

BY: - November 3, 2020

It’s Election Day, and polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Iowa. As of Monday, more than 1 million voters had requested their absentee ballots, but fewer than 956,000 ballots had been returned. Is it too late for those remaining ballots? What happens if you go to the polls and your name […]

COMMENTARY

Patience is a virtue, especially in this election

BY: - October 27, 2020

With allegations about mail-in ballots, rigged elections and voter intimidation, Americans likely will not know the victor of the 2020 presidential race on the morning of Nov. 4. That’s why we should embrace patience as a virtue. Given partisan views, we will need it. President Trump has made dozens of attacks on the integrity of […]

Voter fraud myth persists despite constant failure to prove claims

BY: - October 6, 2020

TOPEKA, Kansas — Scott Moore had never heard of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program before election officials in Kansas and Florida exposed his personal information, along with 944 other Kansas voters. The now-defunct Crosscheck was designed to help county clerks clean up registration lists by looking for voters who had moved to neighboring states. […]