voting by mail

Election reform to return as a priority for Dems in Congress

BY: - January 31, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democrats who control Congress by narrow margins and the White House are making a fresh attempt to move forward a massive package that tackles dark money in campaigns, voter suppression and election security. The architect of the bill, Rep. John Sarbanes, said in an interview that the tumultuous 2020 election was a perfect […]


Five things that didn’t totally suck in 2020

BY: - December 28, 2020

During a New Year’s Eve gathering last year, my friends and I merrily shredded a 2019 calendar and said good riddance. We had every reason to expect that 2020 would be a time of renewal for ourselves and our country. This year, if we get together for New Year’s, it will likely be via a […]

House Democrats pummel postmaster over sharp declines in on-time mail delivery

BY: - August 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy came under heavy fire Monday for withholding key information about delays in the delivery of mail since he took over the Postal Service just two months ago. In a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Democrats pressed DeJoy over an internal report made public over the weekend showing steep […]


Mail-in voting does not cause fraud, but judges are buying the GOP’s argument that it does

BY: - August 23, 2020

The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee filed lawsuits recently against New Jersey and Nevada to prevent expansive vote-by-mail efforts in those states. These high-profile lawsuits make the same argument that Republicans have made in many lesser-known lawsuits that were filed around the country during the primary season. In all of these lawsuits, Republicans […]

House passes bill to boost post office funding by $25 billion, block service changes

BY: - August 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House convened a rare weekend session Saturday in an attempt to stop the U.S. Postal Service from allegedly disrupting mail service to sabotage the November elections. The Democratic-led chamber passed a bill  257-150 that would infuse $25 billion into the agency as it prepares for a surge in mail-in ballots and bar it from […]

Grassley voices support for mail-in balloting and additional nursing home funding

BY: - August 4, 2020

U.S. Sen Chuck Grassley said Tuesday Iowans who choose to mail in their ballots for the November election need not worry about fraud. In a teleconference conversation with AARP of Iowa members, Grassley expressed his continuing support for states like Iowa that encourage voters to cast their ballots by mail. During the call, and in […]

Linn auditor completes mailing of absentee ballot request forms despite RNC objections

BY: - July 28, 2020

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller said he was mailing out a final batch of absentee ballot request forms to voters Tuesday, despite a letter from the Republican National Committee claiming the forms are illegal and demanding that the secretary of state order the forms to be declared invalid. The RNC’s attorney, J. Justin Riemer, wrote […]

State has not moved to stop Linn County election mailings with ID numbers

BY: - July 24, 2020

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller says he hasn’t heard a word from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office since he started sending out over 100,000 absentee ballot request forms to county voters that include a personal identification number (PIN). As of Thursday, Miller had mailed about 89,000 forms and was in the process of sending […]

Lawmakers to again consider mass mailing of absentee ballot request forms

BY: - July 16, 2020

A panel of state lawmakers will again consider a proposal to allow the Iowa secretary of state to send out absentee ballot request forms to all active registered voters before the Nov. 3 general election. The Legislative Council will meet Friday to consider allowing Secretary of State Paul Pate to send ballot request forms using […]

Reynolds signs controversial election changes, broadband expansion

BY: - June 25, 2020

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate will not be allowed to mail out absentee ballot requests to all active voters this fall or make other emergency election changes without approval from legislators. Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday signed House File 2486, a controversial proposal rushed through the Legislature by the Republican majority in the final […]

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 […]

Vote-by-mail begins Thursday for June 2 primary

BY: - April 22, 2020

Iowa’s vote-by-mail process is beginning this week for the June 2 primary. County auditors will begin mailing absentee ballots Thursday to voters who have requested them. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and county auditors have been encouraging all Iowa voters to vote by mail to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Pate’s office is mailing […]