Iowa Governor Signs Law Making It Harder for Secretary of State to Promote Absentee Balloting During Pandemic

Des Moines Register:

Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law new restrictions that will prevent Secretary of State Paul Pate from mailing ballot request forms to Iowans in November’s election without first seeking approval from legislators. 

The law will also prohibit county election officials from decreasing the number of polling places by more than 35% during an election.

The legislation was passed by state lawmakers after Pate and county election officials took similar steps before the primary because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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