Iowa elections

Iowa Republican leaders oppose federal election bill

BY: - June 22, 2021

An election bill working through the U.S. Congress is “expensive, unnecessary (and) a huge federal overreach,” according to two Iowa Republican leaders. The bill, S.1, is a sweeping, 818-page election law that would overrule voting restrictions in many states. The bill would require states meet a standardized set of rules for ballot access, allow online […]

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 […]

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Alive or dead? Here’s a status report on legislative issues

BY: - March 5, 2021

More than 375 bills ranging from allowing home delivery of alcohol to keeping Iowa on daylight savings time year-around have cleared the Iowa Legislature’s first major hurdle. Many others have failed to advance past the so-called “funnel.” The Legislature’s self-imposed deadline required many bills to clear at least one committee by the end of this […]

Key lawmaker leaves door open to changes in Iowa election laws

BY: - January 7, 2021

A top Iowa legislative leader on Thursday said lawmakers could move to “tighten” Iowa’s election laws.  “I  think there are people that want to continue to tighten up election law,” said Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny. “Both parties over the last couple years have been questioning results of elections and that cannot happen in […]

Voting machine hacks: How secure are your votes?

BY: - October 6, 2020

There is no evidence, despite partisan claims to the contrary, that mail-in ballots are rife with voting fraud — but there are parts of the election system that security researchers say are at far greater risk for malicious activity. National elections like the one in November, when Americans will decide whether Donald Trump or Joe […]

Pate: Iowans will receive absentee ballot request forms this weekend

BY: - September 4, 2020

Iowans will begin receiving absentee ballot request forms from the state this weekend, Secretary of State Paul Pate announced. Pate is sending the forms statewide to active registered voters ahead of the November general election. Pate said he wants to encourage absentee voting and social distancing at polls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Iowans have […]