Iowa lawmakers hear public comments on proposed voting law changes

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Lawmakers met Monday to discuss legislation that would implement substantial changes to Iowa’s voting laws.House File 590 would cut Iowa’s mail-in and in-person early voting from 28 to 19 days. The bill would also prohibit county auditors from mailing absentee ballot request forms to eligible Iowa voters. Hundreds of members of the public submitted online comments in opposition of the measure.Members of the public were not permitted to join the heating in-person due to COVID-19 restrictions. According to the Iowa House Democrats, 964 Iowans signed up to speak against the bill, and 22 signed up to speak in support of the bill.Republicans said they think the bill will improve Iowa’s election process despite record turnout in the 2020 General Election. Some supporters of the bill cited distrust in the process fomented by former President Donald Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud.No major allegations of voter fraud were reported in Iowa following the 2020 election and the Republican lawmakers who proposed the bill acknowledged the process went smoothly.Other supporters of the bill said during public comment that they want to improve the system.Floor debate on the bill could begin this week.

Lawmakers met Monday to discuss legislation that would implement substantial changes to Iowa’s voting laws.

House File 590 would cut Iowa’s mail-in and in-person early voting from 28 to 19 days.

The bill would also prohibit county auditors from mailing absentee ballot request forms to eligible Iowa voters.

Hundreds of members of the public submitted online comments in opposition of the measure.

Members of the public were not permitted to join the heating in-person due to COVID-19 restrictions.

According to the Iowa House Democrats, 964 Iowans signed up to speak against the bill, and 22 signed up to speak in support of the bill.

Republicans said they think the bill will improve Iowa’s election process despite record turnout in the 2020 General Election.

Some supporters of the bill cited distrust in the process fomented by former President Donald Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud.

No major allegations of voter fraud were reported in Iowa following the 2020 election and the Republican lawmakers who proposed the bill acknowledged the process went smoothly.

Other supporters of the bill said during public comment that they want to improve the system.

Floor debate on the bill could begin this week.

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