Provisions Tacked on to Budget Bill in Middle of the Night
Des Moines, Iowa — Two Iowa lawmakers are calling on Governor Reynolds to item-veto a voter suppression measure tacked on to the state budget in the middle of the night by GOP lawmakers before adjourning for the year.
“Instead of listening and making it easier for Iowans to vote safely during a health crisis, Republican lawmakers pushed through a bill in the middle of the night that makes it more difficult for Iowans to vote,” said Rep. Chris Hall, Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee. “However, it’s not too late. Governor Reynolds can veto the voter suppression language Republicans added at the last minute and let Iowans vote safely.”
Earlier this month, Iowans voted in record numbers during the state’s primary election. In response, Republican lawmakers passed a plan to overturn a court ruling and enact stricter voter ID requirements. The language could prevent thousands of Iowans from voting by mail in November and will negatively impact Iowans who are poor, elderly, and those with intellectual disabilities. The voter suppression language was added to House File 2486 in the closing hours of the 2020 legislative session.
“During this time of uncertainty, it is more vital than ever to ensure that Iowans are able to vote safely without putting their health in danger. Republican lawmakers are trying to pull a fast one on Iowans, but there is still time to stop the GOP’s voter suppression tactics. Iowans can call Governor Reynolds at 515-281-5211 and demand she veto the voter suppression legislation out of HF 2486,” said Rep. Bruce Hunter of Des Moines.
Iowans are also encouraged to sign a petition to stop voter suppression here.