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.”
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.