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Democrat Deidre DeJear wants to expand voting opportunities as Iowa Secretary of State

The race for Iowa Secretary of State is normally pretty sedate, but this year is an exception, as the enthusiastic crowd that packed Old Brick on Tuesday afternoon loudly demonstrated. That’s because the office controls voting in the state, and voting in the November general election is critical to bringing change to the state and […]

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Letter to the editor: Why the Secretary of State race is important to Iowans with disabilities

It might not seem like the most exciting race, but for Johnson County voters, I’m going to say Secretary of State is the most important contest on the ballot. Democratic candidate Deidre DeJear has called the position she’s running for the “gatekeeper”: The Iowa Secretary of State supervises elections — a big deal in these days of hacking, voter purges and court battles over poll ID laws. Just last year, actually, DeJear’s… […]

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Iowa Secretary of State’s polling place locator is giving Iowa City voters incorrect information

The Johnson County Auditor’s Office warned on Monday that the polling place look-up tool on the Iowa State Secretary of State’s website has the outdated information for two Iowa City precincts. The voting locations in Precinct 13 and Precinct 18 were permanently moved last month, and the Sept. 4 primary in the special election for the Iowa City Council will be the first time voters use them. […]

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Iowa Secretary of State says he’s not trying to undermine a judge’s ruling on voter ID

On Friday, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate issued a statement explaining his office was not encouraging county-level election officials to ignore a court order suspending parts of Iowa’s 2017 voter ID law. The statement was necessary, because on Thursday a top elections official from the Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) told a meeting of […]

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E-bills can now be used for voter registration, and Sec. of State Paul Pate wants credit for it

Last year, the legislature made it harder to vote in Iowa by imposing new ID requirements and cutting early voting hours, but a bill signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds last week will make it easier to register to vote. Iowans will now be able to use emailed utility bills, instead of just snail-mailed paper ones, […]

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Op-Ed: Showing Up for Racial Justice opposes unnecessary, discriminatory voter ID laws

A voter ID law and other election-related bills put forward by Republican lawmakers pose a major threat to Iowans’ voting rights. Voter ID requirements, restrictions on identification documents, eliminating same-day registration and curtailing early voting opportunities would make it harder for Iowans to cast their ballots. As an organization committed to equal rights and racial […]

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Letter to the Editor: Proposed voter ID measures cost money, time

By Cindy Altmaier Riley I love Iowa! Did you know that over 70 percent of Iowans registered to vote turned out in the recent election? As Iowans we should be proud of this; voting is part of who we are as a state. That said, I have to admit that the Iowa election process could […]

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Proposed legislation centered on voting and elections raises concerns

The end of election day and in-person voter registration — and increased voter I.D. requirements including photo I.D. — are being proposed in several bills that are raising concerns about future ballot box access in Iowa. Over 5,000 Johnson County voters used Election Day registration in 2016. That includes voters who registered on Election Day, […]

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Secretary of State proposal would require voter IDs in name of election integrity

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate proposed legislation yesterday that he said would work to ensure the integrity of Iowa’s elections by requiring things like voter ID at polling places and creating an electronic poll book for every Iowa precinct, with voters scanning state-issued IDs or voter registration cards when checking in to polling places. […]

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Libertarian Party makes it official in Iowa

Under the official 2016 election canvass results released Monday by the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson/Bill Weld ticket surpassed two percent of statewide votes. This means that the Libertarian Party of Iowa officially became eligible for full political party status in the state, and Iowans might notice that change in […]

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