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 […]

Felon voting constitutional amendment passes Iowa House

BY: - March 24, 2021

The Iowa House voted unanimously Wednesday for a constitutional amendment that would allow people with felony records to vote in future elections. Immediately after approval of House Joint Resolution 11, the House passed a separate bill to limit who can receive automatic restoration of voting rights. Under House File 818, individuals who have completed their confinement, […]

Theresa Greenfield stops short of saying how she’d vote on election-year Supreme Court nominees

BY: - October 16, 2020

Senate Democratic candidate Theresa Greenfield said she wants Congress to delay the confirmation vote for Supreme Court Justice Nominee Amy Coney Barrett until after the November election, but she did not commit to how she would vote on a future election-year nominee. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, who is running against Greenfield this November, sits on […]

Judge upholds law prohibiting auditors from correcting or completing absentee ballot applications

BY: - September 28, 2020

An Iowa judge has denied a temporary injunction and upheld a Republican-backed law that prohibits county auditors from correcting or completing portions of voter-submitted absentee ballot applications, according to court documents released on Monday. In July, League of United Latin American Citizens and Majority Forward filed a lawsuit alleging the measure impeded Iowans’ fundamental right […]

Iowa secretary of state asks legislators to relax election rules due to pandemic

BY: - September 23, 2020

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is asking the Iowa Legislative Council to approve emergency measures to ease voting rules pertaining to the November’s election. Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, Pate is seeking the council’s approval of four emergency orders: Allow residents in health care facilities to mail their ballots to their county auditors, instead of […]

Biden leads Trump in Grinnell national poll; Americans divided on absentee voting

BY: - September 2, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump nationally by 8 percentage points, the latest Grinnell College National Poll shows. The Aug. 26-30 poll by Grinnell College and Selzer & Co. found Biden was the choice of 49% of likely voters, compared with Trump’s 41%. Biden’s strongest support came from women, with 56% support […]

Polk County curfew will remain in place ‘indefinitely,’ officials say

BY: - June 1, 2020

Polk County is imposing a curfew on residents between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. The curfew will be in place “indefinitely,” said Polk County Community Relations Specialist Jon Cahill. Residents who are driving to or from work, as well as people needing emergency medical assistance, will be allowed to travel. The curfew is in response […]