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The Des Moines Register is attempting to inject partisan politics into what is supposed to be a non-partisan election.

Candidates are asked for their date of birth and place of birth, which seems like more information than someone needs to know when it comes to filling out a ballot.

But then they’re asked for their political party, which doesn’t make sense considering the city council elections are supposed to be non-partisan.

The Register’s three questions include an open-ended one about what the candidate’s top issue will be should they get elected.

But then they’re asked two specific questions —

  1. What’s the number one thing the city council or city should do to address the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in Iowa?
  2. What’s one thing the city should do to address racial inequities for communities of color.

These questions were sent by Register reporter Melody Mercado, who couldn’t be bothered to acknowledge the U.S. Flag or stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at last week’s Ankeny School Board meeting.

“I’m not clear on how sharing personal data such as my date and place of birth would help a voter make an informed decision,” posted Kelly Whiting, candidate for Ankeny City Council. “The questions I get from voters are on economic development, police and fire service, public amenities and property taxes. Perhaps there is a second page I missed?”

Author: Jacob Hall