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Instead of working together to help Iowans recover from the pandemic, majority party leaders are set to fast-track a new and unnecessary bill that narrows voting laws for Iowans and county auditors.

After both record turnout and a safe, secure election in 2020, the bill will make it more difficult for Iowans to vote, especially for seniors and those with disabilities.

The House and Senate are both moving quickly on similar bills that will shorten the early voting time down to 18 days in Iowa, which is the second time in the last two years it’s been shortened. Iowa voters used to have one of the longest early voting periods in the country, but with this bill will now have one of the shortest.

The legislation will also make it easier to cancel voter registrations of people who didn’t vote in a single general election, and will hinder locally-elected election officials. If local officials disagree or fail to perform certain jobs they could end up in prison for five years.

Even though the Homeland Security committees tasked with safeguarding the election called the 2020 general election “the most secure in American history,” majority party leaders continue to attack the voters in Iowa.

Iowa has a safe and fair election process. The last person to commit in-person voter fraud in Iowa was caught after having voted for former President Trump twice.

Author: Kristin Sunde