Trump Camp, Iowa GOP Seek Dismissal Of Lawsuit Over Absentee Ballot Request Forms

Des Moines, Iowa (RI) — President Trump’s campaign, along with state and national GOP groups are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit over new rules on how Iowa election officials correct problems on absentee ballot request forms.

The new law forces county auditors to call, email, or send a letter to voters if there’s missing or incorrect information on a ballot request form. Previously, county officials could cross-check voter registration data to correct discrepancies. The lawsuit filed by the League of United Latin American Citizens and a Democratic non-profit argues the new process increases the risk some voters will not get their mail-in ballot on time.

The Trump campaign and Republican groups have filed a motion asking an Iowa judge to dismiss the lawsuit. In addition, the Republican National Committee is asking Iowa’s Secretary of State to order Linn and Johnson County Auditors to stop mailing ballot request forms that include the voter’s ID number. Republicans say that’s a breach of election security. Democrats say many Iowans do not know what their voter ID number is or how to find it.



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