elections

Klobuchar: Senate Dems ‘very close’ to a deal on revised voting rights bill

BY: - July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Republican-led states. Klobuchar, the chairwoman of the Senate Rules & Administration Committee, has been meeting with other Senate […]

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, […]

Republicans push back against federal approval for changes in state voting laws

BY: - June 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Republicans during a U.S. House Judiciary panel hearing on Tuesday argued that a bill that would reinstate a preclearance section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unnecessary because there is no discrimination in voting. The top Republican on the panel, Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., said the legislation is not needed and the […]

COMMENTARY

Lawmakers dropped the ball in not fixing recount law

BY: - May 29, 2021

The chambers of the Iowa Senate and the Iowa House of Representatives are silent after a busy 2021 session. Lawmakers teed up bills that addressed a wide assortment of problems, real or imagined. They decided against an increase in tax revenues for the three state universities. They took away authority of local governments to impose […]

Debate over conservative group’s role in Iowa’s election law expands

BY: - May 20, 2021

A progressive organization on Thursday demanded public records involving a national conservative group’s alleged involvement in crafting Iowa election legislation critics call “voter suppression.” Meanwhile, the group, Heritage Action, has told state officials it did not directly contact any Iowa legislators about the election law that its executive director, Jessica Anderson, claimed the organization helped […]

Senators deadlock in committee vote on major U.S. elections bill

BY: - May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday tackled a massive voting reforms bill in committee in a heated daylong debate. But the final vote on the bill by the Senate Rules Committee was a 9-9 tie, which means Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer likely would have to use a Senate procedure to bring the legislation to […]

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 […]

Governor signs election bill into law, shortening absentee voting period

BY: - March 8, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law a controversial elections bill that will shorten the absentee voting period and introduce new penalties for election officer misconduct. “It’s our duty and responsibility to protect the integrity of every election,” Reynolds said in a statement Monday. “This legislation strengthens uniformity by providing Iowa’s election officials with consistent parameters […]

State tries to block a hearing over how it spent $4.8 million on election integrity

BY: - March 5, 2021

An Iowa county auditor who questioned how the state was spending millions of dollars earmarked for election integrity is now pursuing the matter in court. In July 2019, Linn County Auditor Joel Miller, a Democrat, filed a public-records request with Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, a Republican. Miller noted that in 2018 the state’s […]

Sweeping voting rights package passes U.S. House

BY: - March 3, 2021

The House passed sweeping voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance and ethics reform late Wednesday on a 220-210 vote. The historic package will face an uphill battle in the Senate as no Republicans currently support the bill. Even though Democrats control Congress and the White House, their slim majority in a 50-50 Senate is not enough […]

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 […]

Public weighs in on controversial election bill zooming through Iowa Legislature

BY: - February 22, 2021

An elections bill advancing quickly through the Iowa Legislature faced accusations of voter suppression from some and accolades for election security from others. The bill, known separately as House File 590 and Senate File 413, proposes several changes to Iowa’s election process, including: Fewer days to request and return absentee ballots; Fewer days for in-person […]