The election is over, but court battles over Iowa's voter ID law continue

The Des Moines Register,  November 11, 2018

On Friday, a Polk County judge heard arguments in one of two lawsuits challenging Iowa's 2017 voter identification law. At stake in this one is a rule from Secretary of State Paul Pate that prevents county auditors from using an existing statewide voter database to find missing information when voters request absentee ballots.

Instead, the rule states that the auditors must call, email, send a letter or speak to the voter in person to obtain the missing information.

"How is the rule justifiable and not arbitrary when it specifically excludes a whole database that exists," Judge Karen Romano asked lawyers for the secretary of state's office at Friday's hearing.

"Tell me how that passes constitutional muster," she added.

By Stephen Gruber-Miller

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