voting

Supreme Court upholds Arizona ban on early ballot collecting

BY: - July 1, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s ban on third-party ballot collections, reversing the 9th Circuit’s ruling last year that the prohibition violated the Voting Rights Act. In a 6-3 opinion, the high court ruled on Thursday that Arizona’s 2016 law doesn’t violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and that it wasn’t enacted with […]

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 […]

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 […]

Democrats ask for state recount changes following Hart concession

BY: - April 16, 2021

Two weeks after Democrat Rita Hart withdrew her challenge of election results in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, legislative leaders are asking for changes in state recount procedures. “I think the time is right for a leadership bill for Democrats and Republicans to come together and make some bipartisan changes to how recount elections are handled […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lawmakers consider bill to shorten absentee and early voting, prosecute election officials

BY: - February 17, 2021

Lawmakers in the House and Senate considered a proposal Wednesday that would give Iowans less time to request and return absentee ballots and would impose stricter penalties including potential incarceration on election officials who do not follow state guidelines. “This bill creates uniform election procedures across all 99 counties, it clarifies enforcement and authority … […]

Iowa breaks records for active voter registration

BY: - January 4, 2021

Iowa has set a record for the number of active registered voters for the third month in a row, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced Monday. Iowa has 2,124,895 active registered voters, which means more than 90% of the state’s eligible population is registered. Iowans also set records for turnout in the November 2020 […]