Iowa Republicans did just fine in the last election. Record voter turnout didn’t hurt Republican candidates so what are they afraid of?
During the public hearing for HF 590, the GOP voter suppression bill, it was clear Senator Roby Smith (R-Davenport) is again trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. The intensive scrutiny of the ballots from the Miller-Meeks, Hart race shows mistakes can happen, like the 22 ballots that were legally cast and not counted.
Numerous absentee ballots were rejected including ballots from voters who died before election day as reported in Appanoose County. The Republican auditor from Adams County testifying against this bill said it best, the goal should be to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. Instead Republicans are throwing up hurdles for voting and competition.
Disregarding concerns of postal service delays, Republicans want to shorten the early voting period from 29 to 18 days. They want to eliminate convenient satellite voting locations. Republicans even want to make it harder for minor political parties like the Libertarian Party to get candidates on the ballot.
If Republicans were confident they were doing the will of the people they wouldn’t be dodging legislative forums. If Republicans truly believed Iowans want less convenient voting, underfunded public schools, reduced unemployment benefits, more prisons and a bungled coronavirus vaccine distribution, they wouldn’t fear third party candidates or voters.