Senate Republican Committee Approves Shortening Early Voting in Iowa
(Des Moines, IA) -- Republicans on a Senate committee voted to shorten Iowa’s early voting period from 29 to 18 days today (Thursday) and make other absentee balloting changes.
G-O-P Senator Roby Smith of Davenport said, "integrity and security of Iowa elections are key to our representative democracy."
The bill would allow just one absentee ballot "drop box" per county at the county auditor’s office, and make it a crime for anyone other than the voter or the voter’s relative or guardian to mail an absentee ballot or deliver it to the auditor’s office.
Republicans on a House committee have approved a similar bill. All the Democrats on both committees have voted against the bill in its present form.
Senator Pam Jochum from Dubuque said the Senate bill appears designed "to squeeze early voting out of existence."
The bill is likely to be approved by the Republican-led legislature next week.