Chuck Grassley backs proposed adjustments to Iowa’s election legal guidelines

By Tom Barton, Quad-Metropolis Occasions

States ought to take a better have a look at their election legal guidelines to guard towards fraud in mail-in voting, Iowa Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley stated Wednesday.

Grassley was requested throughout his weekly convention name with Iowa reporters about an Iowa invoice that will shorten early voting, shut polls earlier on Election Day and set up stricter requirements for absentee ballots, amongst many different provisions.

“Within the 50 states, or no less than in a number of the 50 states, I believe state legislatures must be engaged on legal guidelines that may improve the safety for mail-in ballots the identical as what we now have safety for voting in individual,” Grassley informed reporters Wednesday. “In different phrases, the individual that casts the poll is the individual that asks for it and is correctly registered and correctly recognized and any person else isn’t voting the poll.”

Grassley stated “a number of different adjustments” also needs to be made to state election procedures, together with “ensuring any poll that’s counted is acquired on or earlier than Election Day,” which might doubtlessly affect abroad ballots from service members.

At present, Iowa regulation permits absentee ballots postmarked the day earlier than the election to be counted so long as they’re acquired midday the Monday following the election.

“There’s most likely half a dozen different issues that I might point out — they’re not proper in my head proper now — that states must do to ensure the folks have nice confidence in our elections,” Grassley stated.

The invoice handed the Iowa Senate on Tuesday on a party-line vote, with Republicans in favor, and was scheduled for debate Wednesday within the Iowa Home.


Majority Republicans defended the invoice as an effort to enhance and streamline Iowa’s voting course of. Democrats and county auditors argue the adjustments will make it more durable for Iowans to vote and suppress turnout amongst voters who use early or absentee voting, together with the aged and people with disabilities. Democrats have historically outpaced Republicans in early and absentee voting.

Opponents of the invoice, too, argue GOP lawmakers are being pushed debunked conspiracy theories of rampant voter fraud within the 2020 election pushed former President Donald Trump and his allies.

Sen. Jim Carlin, R-Sioux Metropolis, who lately introduced he’s operating for Grassley’s U.S. Senate seat, has given credence to claims of election irregularities and made election reforms a focus of his marketing campaign.

Judges and election officers throughout the nation from each main events, together with Trump appointees, have discovered no proof of widespread fraud within the 2020 election. State and federal judges dismissed greater than 50 lawsuits introduced Trump and his allies, and U.S. election safety officers have stated the election was “probably the most safe in American historical past.”

Grassley declined to touch upon Carlin’s marketing campaign and stated his resolution on whether or not he’ll search one other time period in 2022 is months off. He stated he plans to decide someday this fall.

Grassley, 87, can be 95 on the finish of what can be his eighth time period.

“I’m working laborious, and typically … my age comes up,” Grassley informed reporters. “And this morning I received up at four o’clock like I do six occasions per week and jog two miles. And, if I can do this every single day, I hope no person has any questions on my capacity to conduct a marketing campaign. It will likely be as much as voters to resolve whether or not or not I needs to be re-elected.”

By Tom Barton, Quad-Metropolis Occasions

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