Iowa governor indicators controversial legislation shortening early and Election Day voting

Iowa governor signs controversial law shortening early and Election Day voting

The laws, which handed each Republican-controlled chambers of the state legislature final month, will cut back the variety of early voting days from 29 days to 20 days. It can even shut polling locations an hour earlier on Election Day (at eight p.m. as an alternative of 9 p.m.).

The invoice moreover locations new restrictions on absentee voting together with banning officers from sending purposes with out a voter first requesting one and requiring ballots be acquired by the county earlier than polls shut on Election Day.

“It’s our duty and responsibility to protect the integrity of every election. This legislation strengthens uniformity by providing Iowa’s election officials with consistent parameters for Election Day, absentee voting, database maintenance, as well as a clear appeals process for local county auditors,” Reynolds stated in a press release Monday.

“All of these additional steps promote more transparency and accountability, giving Iowans even greater confidence to cast their ballot.”

The new legislation drew quick backlash from Democrats within the state, together with a tweet from the Iowa Democratic social gathering stating, “We deserve better.”

“Rather than help Iowans keep food on the table and a roof over their family’s heads, @IAGovernor and Iowa Republicans chose instead to fast-track legislation that stacks the deck in their favor and disenfranchises Iowans,” the tweet said.
Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias equally known as the legislation “the first major suppression law since the 2020 election” in a tweet and famous that litigation could possibly be forthcoming.

The legislation is an element of a bigger effort by GOP legislators throughout the nation — together with the battleground states of Georgia and Arizona — to roll again voting entry within the wake of the 2020 election. The November election noticed report numbers of early and mail-in voters, triggering baseless claims of voter fraud from then-President Donald Trump and a few of his fellow Republicans and ultimately resulting in the lethal revolt on January 6.

Across the nation, in response to a February analysis by the liberal leaning Brennan Center for Justice, a minimum of 253 payments have been launched this yr in 43 state legislatures with provisions that might prohibit voting entry — greater than six occasions the variety of payments for a similar time final yr.

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