NEW VOTING LAWS
NEW VOTING LAWS
Please note: A temporary court injunction dated July 24, 2018 reversed certain provisions of the new voting law discussed in the documents below. The injunction was appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court, which rendered a decision on August 10, 2018.
The Court AFFIRMED the injunction for the following items:
- Auditors shall not reject absentee ballots or ballot requests based on signature matching.
- Auditors shall not refuse absentee ballot requests that lack the voter’s identification number.
- Voters need not produce identification at the polls, even if asked, until that law fully takes effect on January 1, 2019. Voters choosing not to produce identification at the polls will be required to sign an oath of identification.
The Court REVERSED the injunction regarding the absentee ballot timeframe. The first day to mail absentee ballots or to vote absentee ballots in person will remain at 29 days before the election.
The order takes effect on August 15, 2018. The Iowa Supreme Court remanded the case to the district court. The changes are reflected in the documents listed below.
Iowa has passed new voting laws that require specific identification forms at the polls, shorten the period for casting an absentee ballot, do away with straight party voting, and more.
Here is a link to a video produced by Johnson County, Iowa that demonstrates the changes: https://youtu.be/vnTA_Vbqtu4
Below is a document that hits the high points of the law:
New law high points
...and here is a more comprehensive look at rules for voters under the new laws:
Election Day Registration
Voting at the Polls - Identification Required
Straight Party Voting
...and here is a link to Voter ID Frequently Asked Questions:
Voter ID Law FAQs