“Iowa voter ID law: Judge strikes rule on absentee ballots as ‘irrational, illogical and wholly unjustifiable'”

Des Moines Register:

An Iowa judge struck down part of a 2017 voter ID law dealing with absentee ballots — a decision opponents of the law say will make it easier for voters to get ballots and Secretary of State Paul Pate said will make it “easier to cheat.”


Polk County District Court Judge Karen Romano called the rule unlawful and blocked it from taking effect in a Wednesday ruling. The rule had prevented county auditors from using an existing statewide voter database to look up missing voter information when processing absentee ballot requests.


Romano wrote that limiting auditors’ use of the database was “irrational, illogical, and wholly unjustifiable.”

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