Iowa Legislature Public Hearings


Public Hearings and times are as follows:

HF 590 - A bill for an act relating to the conduct of elections, including absentee ballots and voter list maintenance activities, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions.(Formerly HSB 213.)

Sponsored by the State Government Committee

Monday, February 22, 2021
5:00 PM (introductions begin)
6:30 PM (conclusion of the hearing)
Room 103- Sup. Ct. Chamber

Comments Received at Public Hearing (Date Published: 02/22/2021)
02-18-2021
Anthony Carroll [AARP Iowa]
CON
02-18-2021
Matt Sinovic [Progress Iowa]
CON
02-18-2021
Alan R. Ostergren [Kirkwood Institute]
PRO
02-18-2021
steve coon [Iowa State University emeritus professor]
PRO
I produce a weekly video summary of the Iowa General Assembly. As a retired journalist producing these weekly summaries I prefer not to express either my support or opposition to HF 590. However, I marked Pro in order to complete this form to be able to attend the public hearing.Thank you.
02-18-2021
Amy Campbell [League of Women Voters of Iowa and Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging]
CON
02-18-2021
Andy Conlin [Opportunity Solution Project]
PRO
02-18-2021
Laura Hessburg [Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence]
CON
02-18-2021
Pat Gill [Woodbury County Auditor]
CON
02-18-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
Iowa had great turnout in our recent election with no evidence of voter fraud. We should not be placing more limits on voting or making voting more difficult. There is no evidence to suggest this is needed. Thanks for your consideration.
02-18-2021
Michele Ivener [None]
CON
Do you fix that which is not broken? If Iowa has almost 0 fraud what are you fixing? Let people vote early within a reasonable time but at least 4 weeks The elderly have proven they need lots of help to get Covid Vaccines, let them get plenty of help to vote.as long as I am voicing my opinion, shame on Iowa for making Vaccine Sign. Ups so difficult. This has been an exasperating experience. Who advised The Governor? Trump boasted for 6 months about the Vaccine. Iowa who supported him sure didnt believe him because no plan was made. Terrible for Iowans.
02-18-2021
Anonymous []
CON
The Iowa Secretary of State's own study has confirmed that voter fraud is not occurring in Iowa. The only reason to shorten Iowans' access to voting is disenfranchisement by the majority party. Iowa voters deserve a larger early voting window.
02-18-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am writing to urge legislators to stop the voter suppression efforts manifested in the House and Senate bills under consideration. As a senior, I see these planned activities as restrictions on my access to the ballot box. Arguments for these activities are grounded in false assertions that fraudulent voting is a concern that must be addressed.
02-18-2021
Bonnie Murphy []
CON
I see no reason to make voting more difficult for any group for any reason. We should be trying to make voting easier to enhance our democracy. There has not been substantiated evidence of voter fraud, only voter suppression. This past election was determined the most secure in history, so it boggles the mind why anyone would want to mess with success.
02-18-2021
Jesse Bell []
CON
Shortening Iowan's access to voting is a disenfranchisement by the majority party which displays, at best, a lack of awareness regarding voting availability for Iowans and, at worst, absolute cowardice. The legislators sponsoring this atrocity of a bill should be ashamed of themselves, considering the Iowa Secretary of State's own study verified that voter fraud IS NOT occurring in Iowa.
02-18-2021
Gregory Klein []
CON
Limiting Iowans ability to participate in elections has only one goal; limiting Iowans ability to participate in elections. There is no justification for this bill.
02-19-2021
Nicole Nayima [Self]
CON
I oppose any attempt to make voting harder for Iowa residents. As Americans we are supposed yo be a beacon for democratic values with a little "d" and ease of voting should be the goal. In addition to this just being antidemocratic, I truly don't understand why the legislature isn't devoting every moment of its limited time to dealing with ways to ease the problems that have arisen as a result of being stuck in a yearlong pandemic. People are suffering. Businesses are suffering. Focus on that.
02-19-2021
Ryan Dokter [Iowa State Association of County Auditors]
CON
02-19-2021
William Brown []
CON
I am against this bill. Voting should be easier, not be made more difficult by throwing up more roadblocks. We should all be voting by mail. Plus election day should be a holiday. This bill is nothing but voter suppression.
02-19-2021
Ronald D. Hurd [Private Citizen]
CON
Obstacles to voting is shameful. I vote in every city, county,school board, primary, special and general elections since 1972. Our citizens deserve fair, safe and easy to voting options.Representative government depends on freedoms of citizens to vote. I see no value in attempts to restrict, modify and make voting more difficult. What you are proposing is wrong. Restrictions to voting options lowers voter turnout and results in a lessDemocratic society. What this legislation seeks to accomplish is more discriminatory action to suppress the votes of elderly, disabled and handicapped voters. This legislation is wrong. I urge you to reject this legislation. Thank you for being open minded to my opinion.
02-19-2021
Cindy O'Connell [N/A]
CON
HF 590 is just another attempt at voter suppression. Voting should be made easier for the citizens of this state. Republicans must be very scared about their future if they feel the need to further restrict a RIGHT for Iowans. Given the state of the postal service, many people who need to vote by mail, do not want to trust their vote to be delivered in a timely fashionor delivered at all. Those same people who need to vote by mail, for example my 88 year old mother, cannot manage inperson voting due to physical limitations. The idea that it would become a crime to deliver a mailin ballot for my own mother, is ludicrous. There is no evidence of voter fraud in this state that would require further restrictions to the current laws. The early voting period should be expanded to the former time frame and more ballot boxes should be placed in communities across the state. This proposed bill is a horrible idea.
02-19-2021
Rhonda R. Deters [Iowa State Association of County Auditors]
CON
02-19-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Republicans refuse to believe many Iowans do not support their priorities and still promote voter suppression legislation based on unsubstantiated claims to a fraudulent election in 2020. I wholly oppose this legislation to restrict voting access and particularly restrict mailinvoting. Republicans are obviously hoping many Iowans who might not vote in their favor will just give up and become too discouraged to vote. Iowans deserve better than this.
02-19-2021
Becky Bissell [Adams County]
CON
02-19-2021
Anonymous []
CON
We should be encouraging citizens of Io0wa to vote. ,Not making it more difficult to carry out pour civic duty. Only those afraid of the citizens of io0wa try to make voting more difficult.
02-19-2021
Stacey Cooper []
CON
With 2020 being the most secure election in US history according to homeland security this bill seems completely unnecessary and punitive. Let's get focused on helping people recover from a horrible 2020 instead of focusing on restricting access to voting.
02-19-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
No fraud was found. County auditors & Secretary of State did their jobs. Stop pushing the Republican ANTI FREEDOM agenda on vote suppression.
02-19-2021
Stephanie Smith [NA]
CON
I am strongly opposed to this bill. There is no conceivable reason why Iowa should make voting in the state more difficult, especially after achieving record numbers of voter turn out in the last election. This bill would make it more difficult for Iowans with disabilities to vote by limiting the resources available to them. It would also make it more difficult for any Iowan who goes to school in another state to request an absentee ballot so their voice may be heard. It would harm rural counties by limiting the number of drop boxes available in their county and thus increasing the travel distance in areas without public transportation. It is utterly despicable that Republicans are rushing this bill that only hurts Iowans and their right to vote. I've yet to see a single good reason for why it is necessary to limit the right to vote in Iowa. The only support for this bill has been the continuation of lies about widespread fraud in the 2020 election, none of which has been proven with a shred of evidence. This legislation is vindictive voter suppression and I am ashamed to live in a state that is seriously considering punishing it's voters at a time when voting is essential to civic life.
02-19-2021
Robert McKay [citizen]
CON
Please do not enact rules that make it more difficult for citizens to remain registered voters, like purging voter roles more frequently than what is current law. Please do not shorten the early voting time period. Please do not make it more difficult to vote by mail.
02-19-2021
Miriam Righter []
CON
I am against this bill. It makes it harder for people who are working to vote. It makes it harder for people who are disabled to vote. It makes it harder for college students to vote. It makes it harder for people who live in any assisted living facility to vote. It makes it harder for people who may not have a car or drive to vote. Why would a democracy want to make it harder to vote unless the legislators intent was voter suppression! That is NOT the democratic way, nor is it the right thing for Iowa. If a political party depends on voter suppression to stay in power, then they need to rethink their policies!
02-19-2021
Sandra McDonald []
CON
Our voting system is one of the best in the country. Making voting less accessible to people who may have difficulty voting is discriminatory, and not in the best interests of the citizens of Iowa. Leave Iowa's voting system alone.
02-19-2021
Mary Kovarna []
CON
Please do not place barriers to voting in Iowa. Our elections have been fair. I speak for thousands of nurses who work 12 hour shifts which often turn out to be 13+ hours. I have voted via absentee for years because of my work schedule. I also support our Iowa college students who have the right to vote. This bill creates unnecessary obstructions to our rights to vote. Thanks
02-19-2021
Roger L. White [N/A]
CON
I oppose most of the provisions of the latest voter suppression bill. Our democratic republic is rooted in selfgovernance through voting by the people governed. A vote denied results in disenfranchisement of a citizen. Almost all of the proposals in this bill will make it less convenient, less accessible and less likely that the people will be able to express themselves via their vote. This is just plain wrong. Plus it appears to be vindictive and possibly counter productive in an odd way since Iowa Republicans already do very well under the current election laws. One of the reported reasons for this bill is the debunked big lie that there were nefarious voting activities in several majority Black or minority cities OUTSIDE IOWA! Legislation by lie is very a dangerous tactic and a very poor rationale for changing a system that generated the cleanest, safest and largest election participation ever in the state. There is no lack of security in our election. There is only a series of paranoid conspiracies based on repeated debunked lies fomented by a disgraced former president and his rabid cult followers of enablers and sycophants. It is time for the majority party to do something FOR our citizens and stop all this negative legislating. Vote this proposal down and instead take up a proposal for automatic voter registration, for expanded satellite and early voting, for restoring the vote for former felons, for uniformity and clarity in recounting votes and for other proposals that would encourage and facilitate voting.
02-19-2021
Anonymous [Individual ]
CON
Iowa has a very successful voting system. Seems to me you are looking to suppress voting rather than making it easier to vote. There are many problems to address in Iowa that could actually enhance our lives: mental health and school funding for example. We need easier access to corona virus vaccines. Make it your goal to do no harm!
02-19-2021
Nancy Booten []
CON
This is limiting people's right to vote. There are many people who live alone and don't have any way to get to the polls. They also don't have a household or family member that can pick up their absentee ballots. If a county is limited to one drop box that is a hardship for those in large counties that would have to travel to that drop box. It could also cause traffic congestion and accidents.The mail should not determine whether or not your vote counts. The mail can be delayed for multiple reasons and that is not the voter's fault. Shortening the time for mailin ballots can deprive voters of their right to vote.Auditors know their county and where the best places would be for satellite locations.Auditors should be able to mail out absentee ballots. This is a further attempt to deprive voters of their right to vote by making it harder to obtain the absentee ballot.
02-19-2021
Rev. Darline Balm-Demmel []
CON
It appears from this proposed legislation that Republicans feel the only way they can win an election is to make voting as difficult as possible.
02-19-2021
Dr Marvin Denburg []
CON
As a senior citizen I am opposed to any reduction in current absentee ballot time or collection mandates. The 2020 electionin Iowa went smoothly. Why tamper with it? If the legislaturehas too much time on their hands, double check on the fitnessof the IOWA GRID. We don't want a Texan type black out.Thank you.
02-19-2021
Anonymous [Winnebago County]
CON
This bill is unconstitutional in the regard that it creates major difficulties in a voters right to vote absentee. It hinders the abilities of the election officials to conduct the absentee process. The bill will cause confusion and uncertainty with voters receiving inactive notifications if they don't vote in a general election. This bill will cause great difficulties in finding willing and capable individuals to serve as precinct election officials. The bill also threatens election officials with severe penalties for human error which will be made increasingly possible due to the shortened time frame for processing all aspects of conducting an election.
02-19-2021
Adam Wedmore [Cerro Gordo County Auditor]
CON
This bill does nothing to address election security, integrity, or protect a voters right to cast their ballot. It instead is overtly designed to suppress voters, remove local control of elections, and would take Iowa backwards. Reducing the window where our office can receive absentee ballot request forms and then further limit the window we are allowed to mail out absentee ballots will result in people not able to cast their ballot and will cause much confusion. Because of the delays we have seen with the USPS a shorter window means that some ballots simply wont arrive to the voter, allow the voter to vote, and then allow ample time for them to return it. Should a voter have a problem with their ballot such as spoiling it, filling it out incorrectly, or failing to properly return it may lead to them not being able to vote that election. During the 2020 elections our office received a record number of absentee ballot request forms and we were able to successfully process nearly 20,000 absentee ballots. If the window was shortened to limit the number of days we were allowed to process and mail out absentee ballots it would cause significant strain and overtime costs to ensure our office met the statutory requirements of issuing ballots within 24 hours. Additionally, if the window was limited it would cause confusion among the voters who expect their ballot to have arrived already. Voters already submit duplicate absentee ballot requests because they are confused to why it is taking so long for them to get their ballot and assume we never received their request. This leads to additional work by our staff to process the duplicate requests as well as field phone calls from voters who expected their ballot to already arrive. When the window to mail absentee ballots was decreased from 40 days to 29 days our office saw a significant spike in phone calls and duplicate requests as voters were not aware of the change.Another major barrier to access is prohibiting Auditors from distributing absentee ballot request forms to voters. Currently our office posts the absentee ballot request form on our website and will provide paper copies to voters who come into our office. Only when a voter requests that we mail them a form would we however our office did mail nearly 500 request forms to voters who requested them. If enacted voters would be forced to print their own absentee ballot request form and can cause confusion on which form is valid as well as where to find the form and how to print it. As the Commissioner of Elections I feel we should be allowed to distribute the necessary forms to voters to allow them to exercise their right to vote.The bills also attempt to revamp county home rule laws in which local control was paramount as it was believed that local elected officials have the best interest of their constituents in mind, thus allowing local officials the ability to see that the needs of their community are met. These bills would strike those powers and place them with the Secretary of State which removes the local control, and most importantly the local access, and moves it to the state level. Iowa has always led the way with strong election security, great voter participation, and has been an example to other states of how elections should be run. These bills do not appear to be based on voter security or election integrity and instead will actually limit voter access which is a concern. The Auditors association has routinely provided feedback on ways to improve the election process to both ensure access while improving security and I am hopeful legislators will consider proposals we have brought forward as we as Auditors and Commissioners of Elections have a vested interested in protecting the integrity of our elections while also making sure voters can participate. I am concerned about some of the provisions of these bills as they would instead go against voter access and do nothing to improve security. Our staff works hard throughout the year to make voting as accessible to all as possible while also ensuring elections are fair, secure, and valid. These bills will jeopardize Auditors ability to run elections with the access and security that Iowas are accustomed to.
02-19-2021
Susannah Crichton []
CON
Please vote NO on this bill! This is an absurd attempt to reduce voter turnout, especially nonGOP votes. This bill is equal to voter fraud in that it is a direct attempt to suppress the voting rights of Iowans.Iowas early voting period would be shortened from 29 days to eighteen days (Section 34 on page 17). Republicans had previously shortened that window from 40 days to 29 in 2017. This leaves voters with an extremely short time period to vote, especially if postal delays occur (which commonly did in 2020).County auditors would be prohibited from sending absentee ballot request forms to voters under any circumstances (Section 30 on page 15). Under this provision, if a voter who lacks transportation or access to a printer called the county auditors office specifically to request a ballot, the election officials would not be able to send them a form.County auditors could have only one drop box for delivering absentee ballots, located in or immediately outside the government building where the auditors office is located. (Section 40, page 19). This is essentially an attempt to make it impossible to have drop boxes easily available to voters who do not have easy access to transportation.There is so much more that is unjust about this bill. There is NO evidence whatsoever that Iowa's current early voting system has caused issues of voter fraud.VOTE NO on HF 590 and prevent this ridiculous discriminatory attempt to spend even more state money on unnecessary restrictions in order to keep the GOP unjustly in power.
02-19-2021
Barry Wilson []
CON
This bill is bad for Iowa and an affront on democracy. It is also a finger in the eye to county auditors in Iowa who have a long and commendable record in conducting fair and impartial elections. In the most recent election, the only case of voter fraud was a person who voted for Trump twice. Why do we keep imitation legislation from states where voter suppression is clearly employed to deny the vote to AfricanAmerican andIimmigrant populations.I urge 'NO" on this bill.
02-19-2021
Kelly Plumber []
CON
We all understand what this is about. It is voter suppression, pure and simple... a tactic the Republican party has been using against any voting block deemed to be against them, whether it be people of color, college students, the aged, the poor. It is reprehensible, and sadly, now widely talked about outside our state, giving us a further falling reputation as a place where people might want to live. Do we seriously want to be known as an island of the narrow minded? Odd how the people most afraid of losing their "freedoms" are the most likely to take those freedoms from others, including our right to vote, as we choose, on a timeline convenient to all.
02-19-2021
Karla Weiss [Winnebago County Auditor's Office]
CON
As a county auditor I do my best to follow the rules and do the best I can for the citizens in my county. This bill is prohibitive for my staff and I to get our jobs done. This restricts the ability to use home rule to make important decisions for our county. It makes me fearful to make a mistake because I can receive a huge fine or lose my job. Cutting the number of days for absentee ballots form 29 days to 18 days is also a burden, those ballots have to be in the mail in 24 hours. During the 2020 General Election my staff and I worked overtime, weekends and other days off to get out the massive amounts of ballots requested by absentee. There are not enough hours in the day to get that same work done in 18 days. If I hire more people and they make a mistake, I am subject to a fine. Please vote against this bill.
02-19-2021
Dick Hierstein []
CON
Unless the Legislature has strong evidence of voting fraud in the last election, it should absolutely not take action to further restrict voting. Our processes for voting should be designed to encourage voter participation while assuring that the process is fair and honest. I believe our processes are fair and honest. Action to further restrict voting processes is unwarranted and against our principles of voter involvement.Stop the movement of the past few years to limit voting.
02-19-2021
David Hindman
CON
02-19-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Please continue to make it easy for Iowans to vote. Stop voter suppression.
02-19-2021
Chelsey Ostrander [Winnebago County Auditor's Office]
CON
I am against this bill. Since I work in the Auditor's office I know first hand how much work it is to run a fair and honest election. The cut down from 29 to 18 days is significant, especially with the uptick we have been seeing in absentee ballot numbers and that we have to get them out within 24 hours. Also, the penalties this bill is trying to enforce on our county Auditor's is to much. If you want to push people out of office and deter them from running for Auditor, this is what that bill will do. Please don't punish all of them for a couple bad apples. There are many pieces of this bill that are not good for the public or the Auditor's Office. Human error is human nature, everyone makes mistakes. Nobody is perfect. You are asking our County Auditor's, their staff and poll workers etc to be perfect. It will be even harder to find able and willing poll workers to work at the elections knowing they could receive that big of a fine. I urge you to please consider this bill very carefully before you vote. Thank you.
02-19-2021
Amy M. Sathoff [Emmet County]
CON
The 2020 General Election was a success due to the hard work of County Auditor's offices and the Iowa Secretary of State working together and navigating election law changes that were imposed on us. This new legislation narrows the absentee voting window, restricts the number of drop boxes we can utilize, restricts anyone but a house holder or immediate relative of a voter from returning an absentee ballot. This one is interesting because how in the world will be able to police this?So, even though we had a successful General Election in 2020...we want to make significant changes to a good working system.I believe this bill will result in lower voter turnout and will restrict who is able to vote. And...it is my true belief that EVERYONE should have the right to vote.
02-19-2021
Kevin Dragotto [Dubuque County Auditor]
CON
Attached please find my letter to submitted at the public hearing.
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02-19-2021
Susan Petra [member of LWV Justice Committee]
CON
I was born in this state and am now in my 70's, so I hope that gives me standing to URGE Republicans & Democrats alike to NOT support the bill decreasing the early voting time; that was already done 2 years ago. Enough! To now be a state which has one of the shortest times is disgraceful...and it makes clear that some of our elected legislators really don't believe in our Representative Democracy.Also. HF 590 does much the same: by making it harder for Iowans to return their absentee ballot; this is particularly uncaring towards those who need another person to return that ballot. Shame of those who support this.Perhaps, the part which is particularly egregious easier to cancel voter registrations of people who forget to vote in a single general election! You are not God and have no idea why someone may have not voted. Lastly, to intimidate locallyelected election officials by enforcing stipulations that will make it harder to vote, is unconscionable. It is indefensible that, should a local official disagree, or fail to perform certain jobs, he/she could end up in prison for five years! I urge you to SUPPORT Iowans by NOT supporting these egregious efforts to keep us from making our voices hears.
02-19-2021
John Wasta [Citizen]
CON
This is Iowa. I oppose this bill because I believe it has voter suppression as the reason for it. Iowa has a history of inclusivity and I think everything in this bill is there to restrict people from voting. It is a red line bill that the people that wrote should be ashamed for bringing forward.
02-19-2021
Anonymous []
CON
The Iowa Secretary of State's own study confirmed that voter fraud is NOT occurring in Iowa. ThIs bill creates voter suppression. Additionally, this bill does not make Iowa look like a good place to come and do business.
02-19-2021
Anonymous [N/A]
CON
I worked the Absentee Ballots for the 2020 presidential election in Linn County. I can guarantee you that everything was done with the utmost care and checking and rechecking. I think by making the mailin votes a shorter time, you are punishing the Absentee workers in their ability to get the work done in the best time possible. You are creating problems, not solving them. As you know in Iowa, there are very few illegal ballots cast.
02-19-2021
Melanie Drake [Melanie Drake]
CON
I have been an election worker for several years now. I worked at a polling place that appears to be about half Democrat and half Republican constituents who come in on election day. I have found people of both parties (and Independent voters) overall to be incredibly patient, kind, and appreciative of the opportunity to vote. My precinct has young voters who again appear pretty evenly split with party affiliation. I heard from voters the day of who were appreciative that there was the opportunity for early voting as well for friends of theirs, family members, etc. Not everyone can take time off of work to vote. Not everyone can easily get to a polling place to vote sometimes due to physical disabilities. I watch people come in to vote who need assistance and have brought someone with them who can assist them I know of others who were unable to find that assistance to make it inperson to vote. I assist people who come in to vote thinking they are in the correct precinct only to have to go elsewhere to vote which can create time constraints to even get to the other place to vote. Mailin ballots assist with making the process easier for everyone no matter your party's affiliation. Why can't we keep this option attainable rather than through distrust of one another create more barriers? Why would we make the right to vote more difficult? Voter suppression is something that has occurred over and over again in our history. Using the excuse of voter fraud, fraud that hasn't been proven, is unacceptable. I will continue to push for more access to voting rather than less. It is our constitutional right. I urge our legislators to reconsider supporting this bill if you originally intended to support it. By supporting it, you are disenfranchising voters of all political leanings. You are disenfranchising those of us who work at the polls and may not work at our specific precinct so HAVE to vote early. Thank you for your consideration of this viewpoint.
02-19-2021
Michael Bayer [Republicans of Black Hawk County]
PRO
I support this bill to improve our Iowa election integrity. Fighting mistakes, errors, election misconduct and potential fraud is a neverending battle. We must continually improve our elections to have full and fair elections in which our citizens can have the utmost confidence. Some of the important components of this bill are the requirements for better voter registration list maintenance, better transparency by capturing and posting election statistics on the SOS website, and the restrictions on who can collect and deliver voted absentee ballots. Dirty, unkempt voter rolls lead to the possibility of ineligible voters voting. Iowa has had an open door to unethical ballot harvesting with no restrictions on who can collect ballots or how many they can possess. There are some amendments that I would like to see added to this bill such as citizenship verification (see attached), improved voter ID for absentee ballots such as a copy of voter's driver's license or witness signatures, a prohibition added against private sources funding the official election activities of the counties and a repeal of election day registration because there is no time to verify the voter before they cast a regular ballot. Opponents of this bill will cry "voter suppression". That is simply not true. There is plenty of opportunity for all voters to vote by different methods. I urge the legislature to pass this common sense bill to improve our elections with cleaner voter rolls, more transparency and more enforcement of our election laws.
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02-19-2021
David Hindman [Citizen]
CON
This bill does not help with voter security, this bill makes it harder for people to vote, Iowa voters used to have one of the longest early voting periods in the country and with this bill, it will have some of the shortest. HF 590, will make it harder for all Iowans to return their absentee ballot and limit the people who can help a person return a ballot. You don't care about security, you don't care about Iowans, you just want to remain in power.
02-19-2021
Myrna Loehrlein
CON
As a member of a nonprofit organization interested in voting, I have observed and learned about voting for the past 20 years. With that background, I suggest that this proposed law may be one of the most suppressive in the country. While it is unprecidented in Iowa for its suppression of all voting, it clearly targets persons of low income, and those not exceptionally skilled in navigating the election process.Many people, especially those in direct service jobs, find it difficult to vote in person on election day. Persons of color, parents of young children, caregivers, and those not lucky enough to have access to a computer and printer are especially affected. The rules for voter roles are especially startling. If I decide to vote in person having almost no option to do otherwise and, heaven forbid, I find myself too ill to do so, my name will be removed from the voter roll.Try as I might, I can't think of a single group that will benefit from this law. Even members of the proposing party, who voted early 52.2% of the time in 2020, will find their voting right limited to the point of elimination.I urge the subcommittee to think about the implictions of this bill and stop its progress now.
02-19-2021
Kelly Parker []
PRO
Esteemed Representatives, Thank you for carefully drafting election reform legislation. These changes are needed. Would you please consider adding provisions for citizenship verification, the prohibition of private funding for elections and more robust safeguards on absentee ballots including: notarization, witness signatures, including a photocopy of photo ID, and required signature matching for ballot requests and on the actual ballots? I also think eliminating as much reliance on the postal service as possible would be wise. Not all postal workers are partisan but giving them any opportunity to sabotage our process is a bad idea. Maybe we can camouflage our absentee ballot envelopes so that they are undetectable to the public. Maybe they could just go to a random PO Box address and not say they are "official election mail" etc?Tightening up this process is necessary to ensure we are not disenfranchising voters. Opponents who argue that this bill will "suppress voters" really mean that it will suppress efforts to manufacture and harvest ballots. People fought and died for us to have the right to choose our leadership. Expecting us to show up to vote in person on voting day is reasonable. It's about priorities. If voting is important to citizens they will make sure it gets done. Convenience is nice and appreciated but not when it comes at the price of INTEGRITY. Thank you for considering my additions to the bill.Respectfully, Kelly Parker
02-19-2021
Anonymous [voter]
CON
Keep voting available to EVERYONE who is eligible. It's not just about voting during a pandemic. It is also about making an Iowan's vote count while on vacation. Keep absentee voting available to people who are sick or out of town during elections.
02-19-2021
Ronda Bern []
PRO
I am going to further research the language of this bill, but just to address the comments I read, I hear people saying that they don't want to make voting harder. I hear talk about voter suppression. Are you kidding me? How much easier can it get to vote. You don't have to ask for a ballot, you don't have to sign it properly, you don't even have to mail it in some cases because someone will gladly pick it up or provide you with a neighborhood drop box. Voter lists aren't kept up to date, dead people can vote, people who don't live in our state can vote, I don't know how much easier it can get and after the last Presidential election, I am in favor of doing anything to tighten the verification of absentee ballots, signature verifcations, voter registration lists, voter registration in general and whatever else we can do to ensure the integrity of our elections. I'm old enough to appreciate that election day is just that...a day. Not several days, or weeks, or months. I consider elections to be for those who are patriotic, those who are passionate and informed and those who are willing to take the time out of one day to go to your election sight and cast your vote in one of the most precious rights you have as an American citizen. Those who didn't show up were people who just didn't care either way. I mean no disrespect to those people either, I'm just pointing out the magnitude of your privilege to make your voice known. Today elections are turning into a campaign of who can collect the most check marks by taking away any and all effort required to show up. If you can wait in line for a restaurant, a movie or a sporting event then you can do whatever it takes to perform your civic duty. I've heard stories of people in other countries waiting hours in a line to vote. Absentee ballots were meant for the military or people who absolutely can't make it to the ballot box. I know, statistics show that there is very little fraud in absentee ballots but that statistic does not represent an entire nation mailing in ballots! Just because Iowa may not have been a hot mess like Georgia and the other states doesn't mean there aren't wolves circling the hen house. We have to always be vigilant. People should be expected to follow the process. If they do that, then there is no voter suppression which is a term I am tired of hearing especially in these "woke" times.
02-19-2021
Anonymous []
PRO
I would like to speak at this hearing but I do not know if that requires inperson attendance or not.The bill modifies voter list maintenance in ways that will result in better data within the voter registration system. Every data error reduces the robustness and trustworthiness of the system. Requirements to report and publish voter list maintenance activities on the SOS website are long overdue and are a simple matter of open government. Independent investigation reported to SOS and legislators found, after examining a small fraction of the Iowa voter rolls, roughly 100 voter registrations which remained active more than a year after death. Those were reported to the respective county auditors and with rare exceptions the voter registrations were subsequently cancelled. Within this group the median time after death before removal from the rolls was about 10 years and some exceeded 20 years. Who finds that acceptable? The bill increases the required number of signatures to qualify to be on the ballot. I support that if the number of signatures required remains within a proportion common in other states. Thank you for your consideration.
02-19-2021
Diane Eberhart [None]
CON
I am strongly opposed to this . There is no reason to change a system that is working just because someone yelled mass voter fraud because they lost an election. I work the elections as a poll worker and we make sure all of the requirements to vote are met before we give them a ballot. I also help in the auditors office and the applies there. Shortening the time for absentee will only cause problems. Why are you so hell bent to suppress votes, who can vote, do you also ever stop to think some of the people you will be hurting are people who vote for you too. I was born here and am now 73 years old and cannot say I am proud of Iowas governing body. Maybe you all ought to take time off during the elections and come to your local auditors office and put in some time learning how hard everyone works to keep the elections fraud free.
02-19-2021
Anonymous []
CON
1. This bill in combination with anyone that hampers the ability of the USPS is a toxic mixture. We had a president that ordered the upheaval of the USPS and sowed doubt about the USPSs ability to deliver a piece of mail in a timely fashion. It's very harmful to snowbirds or voters temporarily in another state. In my experience there are vacation destinations where it takes well over a week for an individual to receive their ballot. Sometimes it can be up to two weeks. Those individuals have to immediately vote the ballot and send it back, again waiting up to a week or two to see if it was received back in the office for counting. If that again proves to be true, as I would expect it will, it will mean that some individuals will not receive their ballot until it is too late to return it. If they are able to get in back in the mail ahead of the post mark deadline, its likely that the ballot will not be received by noon on the Monday following the election as dictated in 53.17(2) and therefore rejected.2. This bill creates an unnecessary workload for County Auditors by condensing their work into a matter of days.3. County Auditor's inability to mail requests to voters prohibits workload management, is a disservice to the public without internet and printing capabilities, creates inconsistent public service when a voter registration form can be mailed but an absentee ballot request cannot, creates inefficiencies when rectifying errors like incomplete absentee ballot requests. 4. Restricting who can deliver a ballot for another voter only will create a loophole. Although the intent is to limit ballot harvesting, this bill will just increase the use of drop boxes by individuals who are prohibited from returning a ballot on behalf of another and not really fix any real issue.5. The fines and suspensions of County Auditors portion needs work. If you wish for this to still be in the bill, I propose setting up an an independent board similar to the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board that independently, and free of any bias, reviews the facts of a technical infraction and recommends specific punishment. The Secretary of State solely has the power to choose who they wish to send a technical infraction to, the amount of the fine, and when/if to revoke a suspension. It appears that the only due process an Auditor would receive is through the appellate process which will cost a county to litigate. Because of the feuds that currently exist between members of the Secretary of State's Office and County Auditors, there will most definitely be County Auditors who are treated more severely than others in terms of the amount they will be fined.6. Inactivating voters for missing one General Election is bad. It simply creates a carousel workload of inactivating when voters dont care to vote for the Governor, then reactivating when they vote for President, then inactivating them again when they dont vote for the Governor. b.It seems that the solution if you really care to clean up the voter rolls would be find the voters that have had no activity for four years and inactivate them. The current process isolates those voters and only mails them a notice saying that they havent voted or had any voter initiated updates to their record in four years, but it does not inactivate them unless the notice is returned undeliverable or notice is given by a third party. By sticking strictly to these voters who havent had any recent registration updates, you hone your focus more clearly on the individuals who may no longer be living in the state rather than creating a carousel of status changes to the ones that just choose to skip voting.7. Technicalities will matter in terms of technical infractions. a.This bill states that the commissioner shall not send an absentee ballot application to a voter. It also states that no absentee ballot application shall be provided to a registered voter with any field prefilled, except that of the type of date of the election. However current law, and one referenced and modified by this bill states that a ballot application submitted more than 70 days prior to the date of the election shall be returned to the voter. If this is performed as the code specifies, the Auditor would be in violation of other parts of the code by sending a prefilled form back to the voter.
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02-19-2021
Sarah Hogan []
CON
Dear Legislators,I live in Clinton County, one of our counties along the Mississippi. The river counties with the county seat located on one edge of county have unique challenges in terms of accessibility and convenience. However, the county does have a satellite office in DeWitt. This year people had many concerns around the pandemic. If they wanted to avoid lines or crowds I encouraged people who had errands to run at Theissens in DeWitt or events to attend at the schools to stop while they were out and vote during the satellite voting sessions. I simply do not see the harm in allowing our county auditor/commissioner of elections to set up these sessions absent a petition to do so.
02-19-2021
Anonymous [N/A]
CON
make it easier for everybody to vote make it easier to vote absentee & by mail
02-19-2021
Carmen Hernandez []
CON
Respected Legislators,This legislation is a fix in search of a problem. I would like to see clearly publicized the results of any investigation showing extensive voter fraud and irregularities to justify these restrictions. Most of the investigations that have been done, by Republicans no less, have found insignificant numbers of problems. In 2013, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz launched an investigation that turned up next to nothing. Similarly, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate rebutted claims of voter fraud in our state in early 2020. Our democratic right to vote is one that should be protected, but limiting and restricting is not the same as protecting. Unfortunately, this proposed legislation is a deeply partisan effort to disenfranchise voters, an effort that sets up obstacles rather than presenting opportunities. Shortening the times for requesting absentee ballots, the times during which such ballots may be returned, and the number of hours during which citizens can vote serve only to exclude legitimate voters from the exercise of their right to vote. I believe Iowa voters deserve honesty. I believe Iowans deserve better laws than this.
02-19-2021
Ann Baschke [Clay County Auditor]
CON
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02-19-2021
Steve Weiss
CON
I have been a volunteer for an agency serving Iowa seniors for five years. Mobility and lack of readily accessible transportation are major barriers to Iowa seniors. Legislation making it harder for senior Iowans to vote absentee in my opinion may disenfranchise a significant portion of Iowa seniors. That seems cruel to me.
02-19-2021
Dr. Bryan Jack Holder []
CON
This bill should NOT become law. This bill violates both the US Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Iowa with regards to increasing the number of electors required to nominate an independent candidate or nonparty political organization (NPPO) candidate for public office.
02-19-2021
Bill Kallestad [Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council]
CON
As the Iowa DD Council we continue to advocate for flexibility and simplicity for people with disabilities to exercise their right to vote. We feel sections in the bill create complexities and increase difficulties already inherent for people with disabilities. We see the ability to ask for help and rely on natural supports as a hallmark of great self advocates. Our areas of concern continue to be the narrowing of voting time frames (29 days to 18 days for early voting & reduction of requesting an absentee ballot from 120 days to 70 days), complexity of who can support a voter/person with a disability with voting (who can be a designee to pic up absentee ballot, available drop boxes, and who can assist in completing mark a ballot), and finally less options and complexities for the number of ballot boxes, supports for handwriting and sight impairment, and designating people as inactive. These changes may seem small but from our perspective create barriers for people with disabilities to vote.
02-19-2021
Carole Gauger [None]
CON
I resent anything Republicans are trying to change now to our voting system in Iowa. It has been proven over and over that we had a secure election in our state and in our country. Do NOT let sore losers try to "take their ball and run home".
02-19-2021
Paula Connors []
CON
I have voted via mail for the last several elections. It works well, especially for those who have difficulty getting to polling sites on election day. Please keep the rules as they are now.
02-19-2021
Jo Evans []
CON
No to voter suppression. We should make it as easy as possible for people to vote. Voting by mail or electronic voting is important.
02-19-2021
Anonymous [N/A]
CON
Voting should be made easier, not harder for people to access. The current length of time is adequate, if not too short as the long lines to vote this year demonstrated. The amount of time gives individuals the opportunity to vote, and should not hider it. Once one has registered, that individual need not register again to vote.
02-19-2021
Allison Jaynes [none - individual citizen]
CON
Reducing the early voting period will primarily affect senior citizens, disabled persons, and lowincome persons regardless of their political affiliation. Same with the purging of the voter registration. If an elderly person has a health issue that prevents them from voting in a midterm, they will be expunged from the voter rolls and may not even realize that until they are prevented from voting in the next election. I can't understand this bill, because it will hurt both Republicans and Democrats alike. Why is this being sponsored by Republican lawmakers? It's a shame to make voting harder for the average person. Do not pass this bill in any form.
02-19-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This bill makes absolutely no sense when you realize that county auditors have to have UOCAVA (military and overseas) ballots ready to mail out 45 days before the election. So the ballots themselves will be ready to go and sitting on a shelf for 27 days (nearly a month) until the Auditor's staff can begin mailing them out 18 days before the election. Try telling that to your snowbirds that will most likely be disenfranchised by the shorter timeframe.
02-19-2021
Anonymous [Constituent ]
CON
HF590 and SF413 should be seen for what it is blatant voter suppression and slashing opportunities for voters to participate in absentee voting.
02-19-2021
Joseph Luchman []
CON
I encourage the IA house to reject HF 590.The proposed bill seems a needless regulatory step that may well encourage long lines at the polls and likely increasing the amount of time it takes to vote. The IA legislature should work on decreasing the size of lines and the length of time it takes to vote.The bill also reduces time period for casting absentee ballots, either by mail or in person, from 29 to 18 days. We should return to a 40day window for absentee votingthe time period that voters had to cast their ballots as recently as 4 years ago. In short, these changes needlessly restrict Iowans' right to vote for their elected officials. Again, I encourage our lawmakers to reject HF 590.
02-19-2021
Emily Silliman []
CON
I will be happy to prepare written remarks and submit them before I speak. Thank you
02-19-2021
Dave Frank [AFIIC]
CON
Stop pushing all the voter disenfranchisement policies. You should be making it easier for our fellow citizens to vote and not setting up road blocks to suppress the vote. Start giving people a reason to support you and don't mess with voting.
02-19-2021
John Cook []
CON
We had a very successful election in Iowa on Nov. 3. Success was shown by the level of participation of voters. Contributors to success were compelling candidates, county auditors, precinct poll workers, Secretary of State Paul Pate, many volunteers, plus outstanding weather on election day. But, we can do better. HF 590 would move us in the wrong direction. Iowa should join the growing number of states that vote entirely by mail.Our absentee ballot system worked well, bit it is inefficient and costly. Votebymail states just mail a ballot to every registered voter. In Iowa, voters must decide in advance whether they want to vote by mail or in person, then request an absentee ballot. Some voters are unable to vote in person for reasons that do not become apparent until after the deadline has passed to request an absentee ballot: obligations at home or at work, illness, car trouble, etc.Iowa weather in early November can sometimes be a problem for inperson voting. We were lucky in 2020. The following Tuesday there was freezing rail and snow in some parts of the state. Our democracy should not be subject to the vagaries of Iowa weather.Some people claim that voting by mail is subject to fraud. This years election showed thats not true.Thank you for considering my suggestion to conduct Iowas elections entirely by mail. Please vote NO on HF 590!
02-19-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
This bill restricts voter rights making it harder for residents to vote. It is clearly voter suppression which is nondemocracy in nature. We should be making it easier to vote, not harder.It appears that this legislation is a continuation of Republican conspiracy messages!
02-19-2021
Anonymous [Iowa Sierra Club]
CON
I have examined HF590 (2021) and I agree with the concerns brought up by the Iowa Sierra Club, which I have included with a few comments: This bill reduces window for casting absentee ballots, either by mail or in person, from 29 to 18 days. It had been 40 days as recently as four years ago. We should return to a 40day window for absentee voting, instead of a shorter time. This bill would prevent satellite voting stations, which some counties set up. Instead, an absentee voter could only vote at the auditors office prior to the election for only 18 days. Although 100 voters could petition for a satellite voting station, which puts the onus on the voter instead of a service offered by the auditors. It is not clear how members of the military will be affected, but it appears that they will not be able to meet the shortened timeframes mandated by this bill.Further, a longer time window for absentee voting will ensure that the absentee ballots will arrive in county auditors offices early, which can help in processing absentee ballots. The bill prohibits county commissioners of elections from sending an absentee ballot application to a voter. It is really convenient for voters when absentee ballot applications are mailed to voters, especially since it is from a trusted official source. Further, the bill reduces the window in which a person can request an absentee ballot from 120 days to 70 days. That is not necessary. The high turnout in the 2020 election shows that this is not needed. This will encourage long lines at the polls, which will increase the amount of time it takes to vote. We should work on decreasing the size of lines and the length of time it takes to vote.This bill prohibits county commissioners of elections from exercising home rule powers with respect to the administration of elections. The bill allows the state commissioner of elections to issue guidance outside of the rulemaking process to clarify election laws/rules. The rulemaking process involves input from the public before the rules are implemented. This legislation removes input from the public.Failure to implement the guidance is a felony leading to incarceration and fines, draconian sanctions even if the mistake is simple. The bill makes failure to adequately perform voter list maintenance (AKA purging) an aggravated misdemeanor, leading to fines and incarceration. This has the potential to disenfranchise voters who are accidentally purged from the voter rolls. The bill mandates only a single drop box for absentee ballots and mandates it to be located near the office of the county commissioner. It makes sense to have more than one drop box, at the discretion of the county auditors. Voting should be convenient.Possibly worst of all, this bill sets fines of $10,000 for technical infractions of election laws simple mistakes This bill makes it illegal to fill in portions of an absentee ballot with information that the county auditor already has about the voter, including the voters address. There is no reason to deny county auditors the right to use their voter database to prefill absentee voters information.This bill mandates that a postal barcode would determine when the voter mailed the ballot to the county auditor. Post marks would no longer be allowed to determine the date the voter mailed the ballot. That is unnecessary..The bill prohibits a person who has been nominated by a political party from being nominated by a nonparty political organization for the same office in the same election. In other words, the loser of a primary would not be able to run as an independent. This bill changes the number of signatures required to be received for the nomination of candidates for partisan office. The bill changes the required convention or caucus size for nominees from nonparty political organizations, which would affect third party candidates.The 2020 primary and general elections proved how convenient absentee voting is. The elections did not result in fraudulent voting. Unprecedented numbers of voters actually voted 76% of Iowans. There is no question that the 2020 presidential race brought out large numbers of voters this year and that the aggressive promotion of absentee balloting also encouraged voters to participate. Instead of this bill, we should continue the policies that led to success in 2020 and expand the opportunities to vote absentee by lengthening the time voters can vote absentee, increasing satellite voting, and increasing the number of drop boxes.
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02-19-2021
Di Findley [Iowa CareGivers]
CON
Witnessing the long lines of voters across the country during the last election in the midst of a pandemic left me wondering why a country like ours can't simplify, streamline, and make more accessible our right... the act of voting. Iowa did a good job. There are many health care workers who put in extremely long hours and do not have flexibility in their schedules; individuals with disabilities, and older Iowans who may face a number of challenges or need assistance. We respectfully ask that the focus be on increasing Iowans' access to voting and modernizing the system, and consider, instead, limiting the time candidates spend campaigning. Thank you.
02-19-2021
Patsy Martinson []
CON
I am 100% against this bill and any voting restrictions.
02-19-2021
Jonathan Ice [private citizen]
CON
I don't see the need for HF590. It does not make elections any more safe or secure, and it seems designed specifically to limit the ability of citizens to vote early or absentee. I normally vote at my local precinct, but this past year I voted absentee to avoid exposure to the COVID virus. Obviously, many others felt the same way. We should not be penalized for wanting to vote safely.
02-19-2021
Cherie Dargan [League of Women Voters of Black Hawk-Bremer Counties]
CON
The rights of Iowans to vote safely during a pandemic are under attack. The legislature is debating bills SF 413 and HF 590 which reduce access to absentee and early voting. If passed, SF 413 and HF 590 would limit distribution of absentee ballot request forms by the auditor. Ballot requests would be limited to 70 days prior to election. The early voting period would be reduced from 29 days to 18. Voters would be moved to the inactive list after missing one election. The legislature also threatens county auditors with criminal charges if they provide too much assistance to voters! The League of Women Voters of Black Hawk and Bremer Counties opposes these bills.Why is the legislature eager to prevent people from voting safely? After a record turnout in 2020, during a pandemic, it appears that SF 413 and HF 590 are attempts to suppress the vote in a manner favorable to their party. This is wrong! Red or Blue, voting is at the heart of democracy.If you agree that voter suppression is wrong, contact your legislators at www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find and ask him or her to oppose SF 413 and HF 590.
02-19-2021
Ellen Rozek []
CON
The fact that so many Iowans and as many Americans turned out to vote this November, despite a global pandemic that upended much of the country's usual voting systems was a triumph of democracy. And it makes the State Government Committee's introduction of a bill that would reduce the amount of time Iowans have to vote early or vote by mail, purge voters who fail to vote in one general election, and punishes county auditors who attempt to make it easier for Iowans in their counties to vote that much more despicable. A democracy is only a democracy as long as everyone has a voice, and the ways in which this bill attempts to stifle the voices and ballots of thousands of Iowans is nothing short of alarming. I urge the committee to kill this bill now rather than giving it the chance to deal another serious blow to our state democracy.
02-19-2021
Linda Simonton []
CON
Oppose HF590Its numerous antidemocratic provisions aim to suppress voter participation.
02-19-2021
Bruce Simonton []
CON
Oppose HF590. Its numerous antidemocratic provisions aim to suppress voter participation.
02-19-2021
Patrick Bosold [Self]
CON
SF 413 and HF 590 are lousy public policy and they should be voted down immediately. Don't just take it from me, ask the League of Women Voters of Iowa what they think.These bills contain many objectionable new rules. Among them are:Limits all distribution of absentee ballot request forms by the auditor, except in person or printed off a websiteLimits the request period to vote absentee to only 70 days prior to the electionShortens the early voting period to only 18 days from 29 daysLimits satellite voting stations to only those requested by petitionLimits the number of drop boxes per county to only oneMoves voters to the inactive voter list after missing one electionThese bills don't "protect election integrity." They suppress voter participation in our elections process. Vote them down!
02-19-2021
Anonymous [Grethen]
CON
Please leave the voting the way it is and do not change it with Bill HF590. We had a fair and honest election in 2020. It is important to us senior citizens to be able to have a longer period of time for early voting and absentee voting. If we happen to miss voting in an election due to illness, we do not want to have to reregister to vote.Thank you.
02-19-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Iowa elections are fair and proper. There never was and is not now any reason to make these changes other than to implement methods to make it more difficult to vote. Eligible voters have every right, regardless of age, race, disability, or any other status, to vote early via absentee ballot or to vote in person. Making an auditor subject to a $10,000 fine and prison time without intent means that person must be perfect which no one is. Absentee ballots requests should not be prohibited from being mailed outyou are discriminating against those with health issues, primarily seniors and the disabled. Absentee drop boxes provide a safe, inexpensive and convenient way for people to vote. This should not be allowed to proceed. I see this as some kind of political statement implying that Iowa has a problem with our elections. We do not have an election problem and should never make it more difficult for Iowans to vote.
02-19-2021
Michele Malone [none]
CON
I am against changes to the Iowan's voting rights for elections. I do not believe early voting should be shortened. This time allows voters to review the ballot, learn about the candidates, and make an informed decision.I believe voter registrations should remain active and not removed if they do not vote for an election. A person may be out of town or ill and unable to vote and should not be removed because of this. The following would help prevent citizens from missing elections.I believe mailin voting should be available to all voters by mailing a mailin ballot request to to all registered voters for every election. There has not been voter fraud cases in Iowa that would cause a concern or need to make changes to our current process. Your recommendations will make it more difficult for all citizens to vote, which totally goes against our democracy. We want every eligible citizen to vote.
02-19-2021
Anonymous [voter]
CON
I am supportive of initiatives that increase voter participation. Purging a voters registration after missing one general election, reducing the time to request absentee ballots, reducing the amount of time to vote at satellite locations, and limiting ballot drop boxes to one per county does nothing to improve voter participation.There are some fines that can be levied that seem to be excessive, and I feel that enabling local police and state patrol to execute on potential voting infractions during elections is misguided. Additionally allowing a state official to oversee and step in on county run elections that have overwhelmingly been run well, as well as eliminating home rule for the county election officials is not something I can support.
02-19-2021
Sara Sevier Anderson [Voter]
CON
This is voter suppression. Im against it.
02-19-2021
Janice Weiner []
CON
02-19-2021
James Moyers []
CON
This is pure BS? Let the voters decide and dont restrict voting. I am insulted that I prefer the convenience of mail,in voting than waiting in line or get sick that you think I cast fraud votes. There is very little fraud so get over it and let the people decide. Have earl voting for 6 months so you can walk in show your dam ID and vote without crowds. I am sick of you Republicans. James Moyers.
02-19-2021
Renee Pedersen []
CON
I am against the proposed amendments to the election bill for several reasons. Shortening the time to return the mail in ballots with the current state that the United States Postal Service is in is a poor idea. Mailing a letter locally can take up to a week now. Cutting down that window makes it unrealistic. Also, the proposed bill puts undue pressure on the county auditors by taking local power out of their hands where it should be. It also gives them a limited time to tally the votes and if it is a vote like this past years, it will be a struggle to get done. We want people to take their time and get it right not to hurry through it and get it wrong. Why would you take away the time needed to get things done right? Dont you realize it doesnt matter which party you are with, this bill is hurting you? This is just bad government, bad repressive government!
02-19-2021
Anonymous [medicare]
CON
This bill should not have even been proposed or moved out of committee. We do not need additional voter suppression tactics in Iowa. It seems another effort by Republicans to win by discouraging voters rather than by having policies and candidates favored by the majority. If you want young, talented and educated men and women to move to or stay in Iowa, you need to create an environment they find desirable one where women's rights are not trampled, where a thorough and thoughtful history of our country can be taught, where public education is wellfunded, where voter registration is automatic, and where vote by mail is encouraged.
02-19-2021
Jackie [Iowa citizen]
CON
CONThis proposal for law restricts voting and YOU should want all Iowans to vote and participate in elections. We did not have fraud in 2020 election so why make it hard for older citizens and working constituents to vote. I am ashamed to be from Iowa if you really do this. I have lived here all my life and you are attempting to rule the land. Have ethics and integrity for the public and our citizens no matter their age, color or sex. You say you are Christian, so please Be Kind to all.Prove your caring for Iowans by canceling these poor ideas.
02-19-2021
Kyle Coia []
CON
Iowa elections have continued to run smoothly and the proposed changes do nothing to help things run smoother and rather aim to merely suppress the vote of Iowans statewide. Iowa lawmakers should be finding ways to make voting easier and increasing turnout, not decreasing it. This bill is a solution in search of nonexistent problems. This bill represents a further erosion of our representative democracy. The goal of our legislators should be for as many eligible voters to vote as possible and not as few voters as possible. This a shameful bill that should be rejected by in a bipartisan fashion.
02-19-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Please do not stop the use of absentee ballots. I have voted using absentee for years. It works out so well and is convenient for me with my work schedule. No waiting in line or missing work. There hasn't been an issue till now and I find it very upsetting.
02-19-2021
Jim Anderson []
CON
Please do not abuse democracy. HF590 and SF413 mean blatant voter suppression and slashing opportunities for voters to participate in absentee voting.
02-19-2021
Steve Odegaard []
CON
I was a registered Republican for almost 50 years. There has been almost no evidence of voter fraud in any recent election. We should be encouraging people to vote, not making it more difficult. We have much bigger problems than this (pandemic, economy, education, racism!!!). I am ashamed of the Republican legislators who are wasting time on this nonissue instead of working on real problems. I have rescinded my membership in the Republican party.
02-19-2021
Daniel Kelly []
CON
This bill is antidemocratic and aims to suppress the votes of Iowans and ensure a minority rule of the great state of Iowa.It is unconscionable that such a divisive bill would be drafted to punish the voters and public officials of this great state for the sole benefit of a minority. History and the people of Iowa will judge those that dictated, and voted for, this voter suppression bill as the enemies of Democracy that they are.
02-19-2021
Mary Malcom []
CON
I serve the people of Iowa as an Emergency Medicine physician. I work in rural hospitals across the state. For many years I have voted absentee because I may be working a 48hour shift a 5hour drive away from home. Quite simply, there are many times when it is not possible for me to both work AND vote in person.
02-19-2021
Tami Burnham [Private citizen]
CON
It is unclear what benefits would be gained by shortening the early voter timeframe. Every vote counts, therefore provide ample time for all. I am against this bill.
02-19-2021
Edward J. Gallagher III [Retired]
CON
This legislation is not needed as there is no significant voter fraud in Iowa and is but another page in the ugly book of voter suppression and part of a national campaign to do so,
02-19-2021
Marcia Buttgen [Black Hawk/BremerLeague of Women Voters]
CON
This bill being proposed is an outright push to suppress the vote of millions of Iowans. It is the wrong way to go. Please reconsider and do not pass it.
02-19-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
I am against this new bill.
02-19-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I oppose this bill. Wby make it harder to vote when we had a record turnout this past election?
02-19-2021
Katherine H. Tachau []
CON
I believe this bill is an assault on the rights of all of us who, for one reason or another, face impediments to casting our legal vote. I have been voting since 1968, and I consider this an attack on my right to vote. Iowa has long been a state where elections have been honest, and there has been NO evidence of any evidence of fraud by any voter* using mailin ballots/absentee ballots that any of our elections in the last decades. (*There is an occasional exception, namely the rare individual, usually Republican, who, convinced that fraud is easy and widespread, attempts it, only to be caught immediately thanks to all the failsafe processes that are already used). This does not fix any problem other than the "problem" that we are supposed to be government by, for, of the people.
02-20-2021
Mary Baker-Lauderdale [3192650539]
CON
People have worked long and suffered for the right to vote and no one should be able to take that away. Voters rights should be expanded not curtailed. Whether voting in person or by mailin it is every single Americans right to vote. If I vote in every election that comes up or if I only vote every ten years my name should not be remove from any voter list making it harder for me to reregister or even get back on voting roles. These political stunts to remove people or keep people from voting by any means is unconstitutional and any bill trying to change it better be dropped immediately.
02-20-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Vote NO on taking away the absentee ballot rights of Iowans. Elderly Iowans and our military personnel that are deployed need more than 18 days to return an absentee ballot to vote. VOTE NO on HF590.
02-20-2021
Elinor Anne Levin []
CON
Access to voting is a fundamental right. Limiting access without cause is wrong, and the burden of proving that there is cause to limit access must be incredibly high. A citizen who believes in democracy would be proud to extend voting access to more people, never proud of removing it from anyone.
02-20-2021
Jonathan Ismail [National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium]
CON
This bill makes it more challenging to vote Iowans instead of easier, to empower our residents to actively participate in a democracy. I urge you to vote no to this bill in its present form.
02-20-2021
Eric Dugdale []
CON
The next pandemic will be upon us sooner or later. A bill that shortens the timeframe to vote is shortsighted and will make it harder for citizens to exercise their patriotic right to vote, especially the elderly, the sick, and those struggling to make ends meet.
02-20-2021
Rex Grove []
CON
Closing gaps as in this bill only limits people. Restricting opportunity for convenience to you is harmful. We all have busy lives and cannot become puppets to meet your underlying addenda. VOTE NO to shortening windows and RESTRICTING mail on opportunities LEAVE IT ALONE! What do you think this is RUSSIA?
02-20-2021
Nancy and Richard Profit []
CON
Your voting is destroying our public education and now you are discouraging voting by this bill. Yes, we want safe fair voting, but should be giving every person all the help they need to properly fill out and vote in every election.Iowas rules have always been punitive instead of an incentive to live in this state. This bill is another way of sating, We the People doesnt mean you!
02-20-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This bill sharply curtails voting rights. There is no need for it. My father lost his leg in WWII fighting to preserve our rights, including this most basic right to vote. There is no evidence of voter fraud. Do not pass this bill.
02-20-2021
JacciMae Goff []
CON
I oppose HF590 and SF413This is blatant voter suppressionDo not restrict my right to cast my vote.
02-20-2021
Mike Tramontina [Retired]
CON
Changing rules to favor one side in a contest is called cheating. That is what Republicans are doing with their proposed changes to Iowas voting laws. In 2020 Iowans turned out to register and vote in record numbers and there have been no credible allegation of fraud. The only reasons to shorten the days for early voting, limit satellite boxes, prohibit mailing absentee ballot requests are to place impediments to voting. Iowans have a constitutional right to vote and lawmakers should never place impediments to exercising our rights. Legislators should vote against the proposed changes to election laws.
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02-20-2021
Anonymous []
CON
i do not understand the rationale for shortening the period in which to contribute via absentee ballot. I consider voting to be an act of free speech, a way for Iowans to express their preferences on various issues and to signify the candidate they believe best holds similar values on issues, as well as for other points of consideration. To shorten the time for feedback via voting is to cut into opportunities to free speech. I feel even more strongly about removing names from the registry simply because these voters exercise their free speech/voting rights less frequently than others. Valid reasons for removing persons from the Iowa registry include death, becoming a registered voter in another state, or giving up U.S. citizenship. I have these questions: How much is legislation of this sort designed to suppress free speech (voting) in order tobenefit the two major political parties, party "insiders" or loyalist, to the exclusion of political diversification? Who represents the voices who criticize the two party system in our government? Where do any of them go for help, when needed, during an age of partisanship divides and/or hostility or closed doors or clique behavior? None of this legislation solves those problems of representing dissent, of diversifying, and representing even the least amongst us. Voices are choked and silenced in a the oligarchical duopoly. Capitalism is the new God, the golden idol. Very sad for a socalled nation that purports to follow the he words of Jesus.
02-20-2021
Cynthia Ohrt []
CON
I agree, why fix something not broken? What do our legislators fear by changing the user friendly voting? I have voted absentee several times. The first time several years ago, my ballot was 'spoiled' and did not count.I was a poll election worker in 2020. The public should be assured Iowa's system works for the benefit of its citizens.
02-20-2021
Anonymous [Former Telephone Book Advertising/Sales Employee]
CON
Here are a couple of reasons I oppose. The bill prohibits county commissioners of elections from sending an absentee ballot application to a voter. It is really convenient for voters when absentee ballot applications are mailed to voters, especially since it is from a trusted official source. The bill mandates only a single drop box for absentee ballots and mandates it to be located near the office of the county commissioner. It makes sense to have more than one drop box, at the discretion of the county auditors. Voting should be convenient.
02-20-2021
Diane Jones [none]
CON
This proposed bill is noting but a jaded extension of Trump's Big Lie. As stated by Trump's own AG, there were no signficiant instances of voter fraud in the country during the 2020 election. This bill appears to be a solution without a problem, since the rate of charges related to election violation in Iowa during the 2020 election was less than 0.0002% (3 people charged out of 1.7 million voters). However, the real problem this bill is trying to solve, is Republicans feel they cannot win if they do not lie to their constituents and work to have as many people vote as possible.Any honest, selfrespecting legislator would vote against this bill. We'll see how many there are.
02-20-2021
Anonymous []
CON
We do not need more VOTER SUPPRESSION in Iowa! We do not have a fraudulent voting problem.
02-20-2021
Janet C Romine [none]
CON
this is just another Republican measure to insure that Iowa joins the other Republican led states in their attempt to suppress the vote to insure that Republicans will win elections. You really should try winning an election fairly, just once
02-20-2021
Bob Palmer [None]
CON
I cannot think of a valid reason for this bill to be passed other than the fear of Iowans successfully voting. We had record voter turnout and all of a sudden the legislature starts attacking our voting processes. This isnt acceptable and needs to be voted down.
02-20-2021
Tom Shaff []
CON
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02-20-2021
Mary Helfter [None]
CON
You should be making it easier for Iowans to vote instead of making it more difficult. Claims about voter fraud have been disproven many times, but you still seem to be claiming that they are authentic. That is ridiculous.If anything, you should be trying to replicate the outstanding success of voter participation in the 2020 election
02-20-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am having difficulty in understanding the need for this change. I voted absentee ballet and thought it was managed well. The only improvement I would like to see is acknowledgment that my vote was not only received, but voted. I didn't see any record that my vote was voted.
02-20-2021
Lenore Holte []
CON
I am strongly opposed to this bill. The proposed legislation seems designed only to disenfranchise Iowa voters, especially vulnerable elderly people and people with disabilities. There has been no evidence of significant voter fraud in Iowa, so it is a solution in search of a problem. We should be designing systems that make it possible for all eligible voters to vote. That includes expanding early and absentee voting.
02-20-2021
Cheryl Goodall []
CON
Please allow the continuation of the same early voting that we had in 2020 so more Iowans can conveniently participate in one of our most important jobs as a citizen. The outstanding turnout should be evidence that the changes made should be continued.
02-20-2021
Chris Gleason [Retired, citizen of Iowa]
CON
If this bill passes, it will make it more difficult for seniors like me to vote. Why are you trying to suppress my vote?
02-20-2021
Matthew Lage []
CON
Truly, this is a bald and cynical attempt to prevent people from voting, as if the Iowa Republican Party believes the act of suffrage is a gift and not a right. This, and other rightwing legislation being cooked up in this year's session, will be successful in driving the best and the brightest out of Iowa in search of a life free of Iowa's smallminded Babbitts. Once again Iowa Republicans show they can win elections and cut taxes, but they cannot govern. Iowa used to be a state to be proud of; now it is ridden with medicrity. We are a laughing stock, polluting waters and sucking up as much farm and tax subsidies as we can wheedle, saying one thing and doing the other. If we believe in the Godgiven right to vote, this legislation is counter to that. Republicans know exactly what they are doing.
02-20-2021
Jeffrey G Martin []
CON
The proposed bill is a blatant attempt to try to hold on to political power by reducing access to the ballot from those who would oppose you. The right to vote is the most basic right in a democracy. It's shocking that the legislature would even consider a measure to make it harder for citizens to vote.
02-20-2021
Eugene C Kutsch []
CON
The proposed legislation on voting is illadvised. Rather than promoting citizen participation it discourages people from voting. The Legislature needs to take steps to increase rather than discourage citizen participation in the voting process.
02-20-2021
Nancy J Stone [St Anthonyâ??s Catholic Church Davenport IA]
CON
The past election Iowa saw the largest amount of voter turnout ever. As citizens of this state and the United States it is our right to vote. The legislature should be working to increase voter turnout rather than decrease it through limiting voting availability. By limiting absentee ballot voting the legislature is creating voter suppression. States such as Colorado, Washington and Oregon have had absentee, and/or voter mail drop boxes for years. They have been successful and have not had problems. Please do not suppress the votes of Iowans.
02-20-2021
Eric Saylor []
CON
This is an unnecessary bill that does not address any issues relating to election integrity. There is no evidence of any threats to ballot security, nor of coordinated efforts of voter fraud in the state. Rather, by limiting the early voting period and the absentee ballot request period, restricting the ability of people to return absentee ballots, and curbing the ability of county auditors to do their jobs, this bill is clearly designed to suppress or depress voting throughout the state, and to make it more difficult for people to exercise the franchise. If anything, the overwhelming participation by Iowans in the 2020 election indicates that expanding access to the ballot box improves turnout, and legislators' attention should be focused on making voting more accessible to all citizens, not less.
02-20-2021
Tony Arduini []
CON
These sorts of unnecessary bills make me wonder if conservative lawmakers are doing the business of the national party, not the work of the people of Iowa. This is unnecessary. There was no significant voter fraud and mailin voting has plenty of (perhaps too many)checks already. The pandemic proves we do not want to limit mailin voting. Denying opportunities to vote is unAmerican and unpatriotic.
02-20-2021
Anonymous [NA]
CON
I am against anything that makes voting harder.
02-20-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I oppose this bill. It makes it harder for people to vote especially disabled and elderly people by cutting the amount of time mail in voting is available. It unnecessarily marks voters inactive after missing only one election a surefire way to make it harder for people to vote by requiring more hoops to jump through to stay registered. This bill is also punitive to locally elected auditors threats of excessive fines and jail time for any perceived misconduct. We know exactly which county auditors would be targeted by the Iowa GOP. This bill is antidemocracy and clearly a desperate attempt to suppress voters.
02-20-2021
JoAnn Parmer Hardy [Citizen]
CON
Iowas election process worked very well in November. It was efficient and secure and a model for other states. Please dont change it. I trust our county auditors. Please dont shorten the absentee voting window. That will make it harder for ballots to be returned in time. Let county auditors send out absentee ballot requests.
02-20-2021
Lila Starr [Clive Democrats]
CON
My name is Lila Starr and I am not comfortable attending in person due to the lack of mask mandate and social distancing at the Iowa State Capital, which puts all of you and the public at risk. I am strongly opposed to this legislation, which appears expressly designed to intentionally make it harder for Iowans to vote and reflects very negatively on the Iowa General Assembly, the Republican Party of Iowa, and the State of Iowa in general. There is overwhelming evidence across this country, that we've just experienced one of the most participatory elections in our history, and we should all be very proud of the participation of voters, in spite of the pandemic and voter suppression efforts such as this one. If you, as Republicans, continue to intentionally limit the opportunities of Iowans to cast their ballots in elections, you will do great harm to our State and to how we are perceived across the country. It will harm economic development for years to come, encourage more young people to leave our State, and restrict the rights of older adults, people with disabilities, people of color, and many other people who may otherwise find it difficult to vote without benefit of generous timelines and mail in options.
02-20-2021
Linda Schreiber [LWVJC]
CON
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02-20-2021
Ann Weldon []
CON
02-20-2021
Steven Petty [A Person of Christian Faith]
CON
Dear Representatives:As a constituent, but more importantly, as a person of faith I ask that you set aside any attempt to restrict or make inconvenient or to disenfranchise Iowan's. Should you choose to continue down this path I will be asking my church body ELCA as well as those bodies affiliated with it to issue Christian public policy statements on this legislation in particular. I am also a member of AARP and would expect their opposition to such legislation. Will you please identify the amount of fraud you seek to be addressing? I'm guessing that amount is no where near the occurrence of either deceptive and/or fraudulent business practices so please explain your reason to prioritize this legislation?Thank you.
02-20-2021
Anne Thode []
CON
The legislation, House File 590, will make it harder for all Iowans to return their absentee ballot but especially older Iowans, by limiting the people who can help a person return a ballot.
02-20-2021
Charles Winterwood [Iowa Chapter Sierra Club]
CON
The legislature should make it easier to vote not harder.
02-20-2021
Anonymous [A retired citizen of Iowa]
CON
It is important that voting be made as easy as possible while maintaining reasonable controls. This bill seems to fail on both accounts.
02-20-2021
Mike p [Iowa citizen]
CON
I am truly concerned with the purpose for this bill. There is no data to support a need for changes in our voting system. I challenge the writers of the bill to provide researched based data to support this change. Data does show that Covid has impacted Iowans, public schools need support, and masks save lives. Why spend time and energy on a bill that is not helping people. In closing, show me how this helps Iowans, or is this part of a systemic organized approach to limit voting rights. I hope not. There is no data to support this measure, but there is data to support an attempt to limit voting rights.
02-20-2021
Robert Wagner []
CON
Over the course of our countrys history I believe we as a nation have been at our very best when we have widened participation in our democracy by granting suffrage to more people (AfricanAmericans, women, Native Americans, ages 1821), and at our very worst when we have attempted to deny that same participation that is the heart of our democracy.I ask all legislators to be Americans and to be Iowans first, and party faithful second, and to recognize that voter fraud is minuscule in our state, and turn down this attempt to deny greater access to our democracy and our electoral system.Quite simply, voting is a right that should be extended to all citizens...to take away any of that rightis wrong.
02-20-2021
Carol Swanson [not applicable]
CON
Voting is a right in the United States and must be easily accessible for every citizen of age. This bill would restrict voter registration and voting for Iowans. I oppose any/all efforts to restrict voting rights.Additionally, the criminalization of county auditor election functions is contrary to the notion of free and legal elections! This is outrageous after the safest election in the history of the U.S. We should be showing appreciation to county auditors in Iowa and the thousands of county auditor employees and volunteers who worked so hard to keep Iowa votes legal and voters safe.
02-20-2021
Madalyn Anderson [none]
CON
The Early Voting period is not enough time to receive and return an Absentee Ballot by mail, particularly if it is spoiled or not received and the voter must request another.This hurts voters who work out of state, retirees who reside in Iowa but go South in the Winter and voters who are disabled for whom inperson voting is a hardship.Shortening the Early Voting period does not solve any problem and creates new ones.
02-20-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-20-2021
Mark Palmberg []
CON
Iowa state legislators should *not* propose, let alone vote on, legislation that is based on lies. Bring hard, substantiated evidence of *any* widespread voting fraud or other malfeasance, otherwise focus on issues that are actually important to Iowans. Any lawmakers who support this legislation should be embarrassed by how little regard they have for their constituents. Legislation like this serves only to make Iowa a laughingstock.
02-20-2021
Joe Stein []
CON
Please do not pass this bill. We should not be making it harder for people to vote by reducing the number of days for absentee ballots, and not allowing county auditors to mail ballots to voters. Voting is a beautiful privilege. We should not discourage it and make it harder.Our voting system in Iowa is safe and secure, this is a wellknown fact. This is a partisan issue that Republicans are advancing,Please do the right and honorable thing and do not pass this bill. Please do what is right for all Iowans.Thank you.Joe Stein
02-20-2021
Anonymous [Na]
CON
I am writing to urge legislators to stop the voter suppression efforts manifested in the House and Senate bills under HF590 consideration. As a senior, I see these planned activities as restrictions on my access to the ballot box. Arguments for these activities are grounded in false assertions that fraudulent voting is a concern that must be addressed. We must stand up for the rights of seniors and others who are not able to vote in person for whatever reason.
02-20-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I oppose the proposed restrictions on absentee voting rights and county auditors. In the face of the ongoing pandemic, with no real end in sight, absentee voting still will be vital to saving lives and reducing barriers to safe voting. I live in a rural town, and removal of the right of county auditors to determine satellite voting locations may also affect my ability to vote safely. These restrictions attack the rights of counties to determine election conduct.Worst of all, this bill is simply put forward to placate people who continue to believe Trump's false conspiracy claims of election fraud, which have been proved wrong by recounts, courts, and massive oversight. We should be making it easier for all registered voters to participate in elections not continuing to shorten voting windows, reduce absentee ballots, and giving control to any one party in power. Many states mail absentee ballots to every registered voter in every election. Why not Iowa?Do the right thing: make voting accessible and easier for all legally registered voters.
02-20-2021
Kathleen Ferguson [None]
CON
I strongly oppose this bill. It would eliminate a way to safely deliver ballots for people unable to personally deliver their absentee ballots. Now that the USPS has been sabotaged, we cannot rely on mailing in our absentee ballots unless/until the USPS problem has been resolved. We need to allow delivery by designated individuals for all voters. I personally delivered some ballots for elderly voters last year, and I can assure you that I delivered ballots for no unregistered, dead, or substitute voters. There was no cheating involved. Our County Auditors do a great job and would likely catch people trying to cast unauthorized votes. The authors of this bill must think that Iowans are very dishonest, to require these measures. Perhaps they are judging others by their own morality, or lack thereof.
02-20-2021
Anne Marie Kraus []
CON
I urge you to REJECT HF 590, because it is blatant voter suppression, which will be most damaging to the most vulnerable Iowans. Shortening the number of days for early voting is contrary to the concept of free and fair elections that should be accessible to all. It seems that Republicans are afraid of the votes that would be cast by poor, minority, and vulnerable populations, and their advocates, because these people vote for candidates and measures that take care of the common people. Therefore, Republicans try to restrict the access to voting. And forbidding the county from sending absentee request forms is ridiculously harmful. What are Republicans afraid of? Are they afraid that more people will vote? This is precisely what democracy needs more voters. Poor and vulnerable populations do not have access to the resources to obtain an absentee ballot on their own. Sending them absentee ballots would ensure their access. And even with the Covid vaccine, our world will be forever more vulnerable to this horrible disease, so absentee voting will continue to be a safer way to vote. Early voting ensures that people can get their vote in; many responsible people vote early because you never know whether a lastminute situation could prevent you from voting on or near the election day. Please do not vote for HF590 which will mark Iowa as racist and as a place of voter suppression.
02-20-2021
Patricia Zebrowski
CON
I know by now that our state representatives have heard a large public outcry against this bill from the citizens of Iowa. I know, as well, that you know its sole purpose is nothing more than a sad attempt to keep the Republican's dissolving base in power by the only means possible making it harder for more people to vote. As is the case on the national level, the Republican party in our state has no policy platform or even a foundational political idealogy for helping people through governing. This bill, and others pushed through by Republicans in the legislature is the perfect example. So, my question for Republican members is this: Who among your constituents asked for this legislation? As you claim to represent our citizens, I challenge you to answer the question: HOW MANY OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS ASKED FOR THIS TO BE A LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY? Everything I have read about the justification for making it harder to vote has been stated by politicians, not citizens. My bet is that not one of you can make the case that this bill is inspired by, or driven by, the people of Iowa. Not one of you.
02-20-2021
Erin Burnight []
CON
Im CON on HF 590. There is no need to fix what isnt broken. Iowa saw record turnout and our SOS certified one of the most secure and fraudfree elections. This bill disenfranchises Iowa voters in multiple ways. Reducing the early voting period from 29 days (reduced already from 40 days in 2016) to 18 days would not provide enough time to correct mistakes. Reducing the early voting period and the time to request absentee ballots disenfranchise Iowans with disabilities and those who are home bound especially. Putting county auditors at risk for fines relating to clerical errors that do not affect the election results is unnecessary. Given the success of the 2020 election it is more important to focus on legislation that would help all Iowans such as COVID relief efforts. Thank you for your consideration.
02-20-2021
Aaron Hemmer []
CON
I am opposed to HF 590. The effects of the bill will lead to curtailing the right to vote, through limiting voter participation and disenfranchising those that choose not to vote in every election. In addition, the penalties for county auditors that don't strictly follow the law are severe and unnecessary.The writers and proponents of the bill are using falsehoods and lies pushed during the 2020 election in order to push this bill through. The truth is there was virtually no fraud in the 2020 election. HF 590 is proposing a "solution" to a problem that doesn't exist.Thank you,Aaron Hemmer
02-20-2021
Scott Daly []
CON
As a veteran and someone who has voted in the past for candidates in both parties, I vehemently disagree with this ridiculously transparent and antidemocratic bill. The rationale being pitched by representatives like Kaufmann and Grassley are an insult to the intelligence of all Iowans. If these representatives are truly concerned with the "exhausting length of the campaigns" and the nonstop ads, then they need to work with their colleagues on the state and federal levels to end the dark money flowing into campaigns and super PACS rather than make it more difficult for Iowans to cast ballots. Automatically removing people from voter rolls if they miss a general election is a particularly despicable move for busy Iowans.
02-20-2021
Lauren Tiffany []
CON
There has not been ONE documented case of voter fraud in Iowa this year. Your proposal to severely restrict access to voting will harm many Iowans, and make it less likely that Democrats AND Republicans will exercise their franchise. WHY DO YOU WANT TO DECREASE PARTICIPATION IN OUR DEMOCRACY?
02-20-2021
Ty Smedes [Ty Smedes Nature Photography]
CON
This Bill is an attempt at voter suppression! In every state in this nation, there was never any voter fraud found in the recent national election. We need to continue to provide the current time tables and rules for absentee ballot voting. Many of the handicapped, those in retirement homes, and minorities will be prevented from voting if you pass this bill. Don't do it!
02-20-2021
Brooke Fischels []
CON
My mother is elderly and disabled, but an avid voter and informed citizen. She no longer drives and has tremendous mobility issues that make it painful for her to ride in a car or bus. Consequently, I have handdelivered her absentee ballot to the Auditor's Office in our county on a number of occasions. This was particularly important in January when her absentee ballot for our special election for Senate District 41 was received so close to the deadline, a handdelivered ballot was the only way to guarantee the ballot was safely received in time to be counted. She didn't want to chance the US Mail delivery since its timeliness was very much in question this winter and turnaround time was very tight. My mother lives in independent senior housing, so we do not live at the same address and I am her only caretaker, which allows her to continue to live on her own. Provisions in this bill would not allow me to deliver her ballot, which limits or potentially eliminates her right to vote. That is unacceptable, as she is just as deserving to vote as any ablebodied person in this great state. Her situation is not unique. I urge you to not thwart the ability of any Iowan to vote, especially those who experience disabilities and already sacrifice free and easy access to a voting booth. She and others go to great lengths to participate actively in the democratic process. There is no need to take that away.
02-20-2021
Mary Maher []
CON
I want to comment on HF 590 that would basically be legislation to suppress Iowa voters. This bill wants to reduce Iowas early voting period from 29 days to 18. Stop auditors from sending out absentee ballot request forms for any reason. Restrict auditors from sending out absentee ballots, until mid October which would make it challenging for auditors to send the ballot, and voters to receive the ballot, fill it out and return it to the auditor in time. The bill would not let anyone return an absentee ballot other than the voter or an immediate family member or caregiver. It would allow only one drop box for early ballots per county, and that drop box must be outside the county auditors office. This bill would also make it more difficult for auditors to establish satellite voting locations. And it would require the state attorney general to investigate all allegations of voter fraud presented to the office. The backers of this bill say it is needed to suppress wide spread voter fraud of which none was found in Iowa or any other state in the nation in our last election. With the auditors being able to send out ballots to Iowans who wanted them and our early voting chances that we were given in the last election a record 1.7 million voters were able to participate in the election with represents 76% turnout, and no major allegations of fraud were found. I say kudos to everyone who made this happen so the people of Iowa could make their voices heard safely even in the midst of the pandemic. This bill is not needed as the way Iowans elect officials works and if something is not broke, dont fix it!
02-20-2021
Theresa Weihe []
CON
Changes to the current voting system are unnecessary. Shortening timelines would adversely impact voter turnout.
02-20-2021
Rev Richard and Dcns. Lucinda Hall []
CON
Please keep voting easy.We need full participation in our elections. Think of older Iowans who still rely on landlines and newspapers! They need time to get their votes in by mail.Iowa has a wonderful voting system in place that other states admire.Thank You,Rev. Richard and Dcns. Lucinda Hall
02-20-2021
J. C. Johnson, Ph.D. [Retired]
CON
Being from a old, longtime farm family my Daddy always said "If it works don't fix it". Applies here. Nothing wrong with the auditor's handling of the 2020 election. Lots of votes were cast and no major problems occurred except for one Trumper who voted 3x and the issue with the Meeks Hart outcome. No reason to place penalties and jail time for our county auditors for doing a good job and finding ways to encourage voting. Shortening the time for mail votes will hurt oldtimers like me and I don't care who you voted for, it is a bad bad idea. Having only one deposit place in each county is a bad idea too. This is just a bad bill for us Iowans and it should be squashed.
02-20-2021
Ed Cranston []
CON
I am very disappointed that legislators want to make it more difficult for all Iowans, especially the elderly and those with a disability, to be able to vote early. I don't see that this bill improves our elections in Iowa at all. Please use your time wisely in Des Moines and move on to more important issues to help Iowans.
02-20-2021
Pat Bauer []
CON
For what I know, this bill seems like it's a solution in search of a problem.
02-20-2021
Jo Souder Vandecar [n/a]
CON
I strongly oppose this bill that would make sweeping election changes. Iowa has been exemplary for its wellrun elections. This will change for the worse our elections and will put a huge burden on Iowa voters. The shorter time frame to vote by mail is a big problem, especially with the USPS mail becoming slower. Why would we want to disenfranchise the elderly, the home bound, or others in need? We should support making voting EASIER for them, not harder. And this terrible bill will make it harder. Every aspect of this bill is harmful. I urge every legislator to VOTE NO!
02-20-2021
Lisa Petrie [Citizen]
CON
You seriously want to charge Iowans with a misdemeanor for mailing their grandmas ballot? What are you afraid of?! You should be making it *easier* for people to vote; not more difficult, or punitive. This legislation is antidemocratic. .
02-20-2021
Sally Hartman [Iowa Unitarian Universalist Witness and Advocacy Network]
CON
Our faithbased organization does not support HF 590. This bill would limit participation in the democratic process by marginalizing those who have a hard time getting to the polls to vote. Suppressing votes is undemocratic and attempts to silence the voice of others is immoral.
02-20-2021
Kathy Graeve []
CON
I am opposed to this proposed bill because there is no need to change what worked in our Iowa election this past November. Shortening the time frames will burden counties with more rules to enforce and less time to process ballots. This bill will adversely impact citizens who may need assistance to vote. There is no need to change our current voting time frames.
02-20-2021
Judith Eastburn [Sierra Club]
CON
In the last election, Iowa had a record turnout of voters, many of whom took advantage of the availability of voting by mail over a longer period. I am appalled that, instead of taking pride in this increased participation, our Republican representatives choose to punish us and to impose regulations that will reduce voter turnout. This is unfair to all voters and especially punitive to the elderly and others unable to vote in person. I believe the message Iowans will see in your proposal is that you want to make it more difficult to vote because you are afraid the outcome will be unfavorable to your party. Imposing these restrictions will not work for you, and will provide incentive to vote Republicans out of office.
02-20-2021
Anonymous []
CON
How dare you try to make it harder for people to vote! This would disproportionately affect the poor, elderly, and disabled (as if the Republicans don't know this). This is an effort from the Republican party all over the country because EVERYONE knows Republicans can't win unless they cheat!
02-20-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
I am opposed to many aspects of this bill. 1) In other states, cleaning up voter rolls has been used as an excuse to purge eligible voters. The law does not seem to provide many safeguards to ensure this is not abused.2) Limits to absentee balloting. What possible need is there to prevent counties from sending out absentee ballot requests or making this process harder? This would seem a particular hardship to younger people leaving their home for college. 3) Limits to early voting. Many Iowans work long hours, multiple jobs, and commute long distances. Allowing maximum flexibility in early voting ensures they can find a time to vote.
02-20-2021
Jeane Harrison [None]
CON
I am against this awful voter suppression bill.
02-20-2021
Alisa Sherman []
CON
This is voter suppression, plain and simple.
02-20-2021
Troy Olson [Iowan]
CON
Vote against this if you care about people having a voice. If you support this, please explain who you want to exclude from voting by making these changes. Make voting easier not more difficult.
02-20-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am strongly opposed to this bill. There has been zero proof of voter fraud, so there is no rational argument for changing voting laws. This is a veiled attempt at voter suppression. I find this attempt to silence the voice of the people despicable! My vote will reflect that to any politician who votes to support this vile bill!
02-20-2021
Steve White []
CON
Oh COME ON, Guys and Gals. Just because you are Republicans (Trumplodytes?) doen't mean you HAVE to keep trying to screw up democracy and mess with American voters who just might not vote for YOU. Geez! GROW UP!!!! Seriously!Steve Whitelate of Fairfield, IA
02-20-2021
Susan Judkins [Citizen]
CON
I always voted in person until my own experience in running for reelection to the Indianola school board in 2001. That year, the election fell on 9/11/2001. Almost nobody voted. I could honestly say I wouldn't have made it to vote for myself if I hadn't voted first thing in the morning. As early voting became an option in our state, I always took advantage of it because I realized that you JUST DON'T KNOW what might prevent you from voting on election day.I have read through HF590 and do not see improvements to our election process here. The primary issue that I know about from the 2020 elections was the absolutely horrendous mail service that was occurring in the fall and well beyond. I do not see anything that seeks to accommodate the known mail delays. In fact, I see that mailing of absentee ballots would be delayed until 18 days before an election, increasing the chance of insufficient time for receipt and return of ballots.Has anyone checked with the many Iowans who go south for the winter on how this timing is going to work for them?The bill also seems to place a significant burden on auditors over a shorter period of time, especially in the more populated counties. Yet, there is no provision of resources to increase staff to ensure measures are met.Perhaps it would make sense to codify the ability to begin ballot counting a sufficient number of days before the final election day to ensure counting may be completed as close to election day as possible. The delayed counting of absentee ballots in some states contributed to unfounded concerns that something was amiss with the ballots, and we should be sure that doesn't happen in Iowa in the future.I have read that shortening the time for early voting is hoped to shorten the window during which voters are contacted by campaigns. Far from it: the election phone calls cease once a ballot has been submitted, so delaying submittal actually makes for an extended time during which calls will be received.Thank you for considering these points.
02-20-2021
Brian and Anne Spencer []
CON
02-20-2021
Janet Koerner []
CON
Besides this bill which I am very concern about, I also can't believe what you are trying to do to the public schools. Please do better factfinding, I'm sure you will find most people think like I do. I'm a registered Democrat but do cross "party" lines in may elections. Forget the party and take care of the people! Please!
02-20-2021
Chaplain Kay Kopatich []
CON
Voting is a sacred right for every person and is fundamental to our democracy. This bill HF 590 will obviously reduce the possibility of voting for some people. It puts up many barriers by reducing time and ways to obtain absentee ballots and return them. It unnecessarily punishes trusted county officials for trying to help voters. It encourages accidentally purging eligible voters. It reduces the number of voting places. These are just some of the obvious ways this bill disenfranchises people. We should be encouraging voting by continuing practices that made the 2020 vote so successful and not be ruining a system that is working well.Thanks for your attention, Kay Kopatich, Chaplain, retired
02-20-2021
Anonymous [Self]
CON
Iowa has proven there was no fraud in the past election. In fact there was an increase in voters despite a pandemic. The goal should be to get as many voters engaged in our elections as possible and making it as easy as possible for everyone to votedisabled, elderly, minorities, those that dont usually vote. Everyone! To do anything less than that is suppressing the vote.
02-20-2021
Judy Jones []
CON
Several years ago I had to stand in line after work for a couple of hours. At that time I decided I would vote absentee in the future. I sit at my kitchen table, with my coffee and fill in the ballot. If I do not know a candidate I can look up information. Every year it seems something comes up about voting to change to rules to make it more difficult. I always think at least I do not live in some of those states that REALLY try to repress the voters by purging voter roles for suspect reasons, others do not allow early voting or absentee voting without "allowable" excuses. Other states have several reasons to bounce voter's ballots. At least I live in Iowa which doesn't have those crazy voting repressions. The last election went very well. I worked at early voting site. It was great to see enthusiasm for voting. A young lady put her ballot in the box and said it was her first time. Everyone around cheered. There has been no proven fraud, there are several checks in system to make sure those that should not vote do not. Do not go by bogus reasons and Please don't make Iowa one of "those" states that are known for voter repression. VOTE NO.
02-20-2021
Mark Suby [Self interest]
CON
Please leave Iowans right to vote as is. Why do Republicans need to tinker with a system that works for all Iowans. We need to encourage everyone to vote Independants, Democrats and Republicans and minorities. Iowans do not want the Republican held government in Iowa to make any changes to our voting system it works very well the way it is. I realize the National Republican Party is on it's way out and in order to win they absolutely want to suppress as many votes as they can. This is harmful to our democracy. Iowa can not prove any sort of voter fraud in this state. Leave what works alone!Mark SubyMason City
02-20-2021
Eileen Beran []
CON
I believe legislators should be letting constituents know how they plan to help make and keep voting accessible, not taking steps to restrict it.
02-20-2021
Danna G Scott []
CON
Please do not make it more difficult to vote. What you are doing is a power grab and to hell with voters rights
02-20-2021
Debra Kyler [Private citizen]
CON
This is voter suppression from a party that doesn't believe it can win if EVERYONE can vote. Why...in the middle of a global pandemic, would anyone supporting democracy push a bill thru to restrict voters. Iowa's very own Secretary of State showed that voter fraud did not exist here in this state. Legislators, please vote no.
02-20-2021
Bryon Day [Bryon Day, Ph.D.]
CON
I oppose any effort to restrict or make more difficult the ability to vote for eligible voters. The specifics of this Bill obviously do not protect the right to vote, but on the contrary effectively would restrict it. First, early voting and mailin voting is in no manner fraudulent. Our entire electoral history as a nation and in Iowa demonstrates that no systemic or widespread voter fraud has EVER occurred. Second, to purge a voter from the rolls as inactive after one missed election cycle is in no manner protective of the right to vote. I can discern no necessary connection between such a lack of participation and fraudulent voting. It is illogical to suggest that this somehow protects the integrity of the vote. Third, the punishments on County Auditors that are suggested are blatantly intimidating and vindictive, much like the behavior of former President Trump. In conclusion, the overwhelming impact of this bill would quite evidently be to suppress voting rights among specific segments of the population, this in an obvious effort to appease Trump and his base supporters.
02-20-2021
Dixie Webb []
CON
I don't understand why Iowa Government wants to make it difficult for every voter to be able to vote easily and simply. These bills are road blocking Iowans to suppress our votes. Everyone should be allowed to vote for whomever they prefer with easy access to the voting booth.
02-20-2021
Arlene Bader-Po []
CON
This is voter suppression. We have had no problems in the past and this is an attempt to make it more difficult to vote.
02-20-2021
Anonymous [MIU]
CON
Do we have a democracy or not? That is the question of the day for sure, and if you pass this bill you have successfully done your bit to diminish what our founders wanted. It would be nice to think that over time this country could evolve to see that there is only one race of humans, and every individual in this country is as important as every other individual. I know that there are folks who think they should be considered more important, but that notion is not good for them, or for anyone else. We want to be all inclusive, and without kindness we humans are reduced to less than the least animal.
02-20-2021
Mary T Klauke Abbas []
CON
I am writing in opposition to HF590 and in support of democracy in Iowa elections.Democracy depends on the active participation of the people in our elections.Legislation should encourage voter participation, provide maximum time for actual voting so all who wish to vote are able to do so without long waiting lines and without having to miss work in order to vote, and it shouldprovide maximum time for absentee ballots to arrive through the mail. Time limitations should not disenfranchise military workers or others who are away from home. We should be increasing voting time and opportunities rather than cutting opportunities.Voters should not be purged from the voter lists at the state level until after local county election officials have determined that the voters in question are no longer in residence and/or the voter has not participated for 5 years. No one should be purged just for missing a few voting opportunities since they may have missed due to illness or some accident that should not disenfranchise them for future elections. It should be the role of local county election officials to facilitate elections in ways that contribute to greater voter participation, including setting satellitepolling sites and drop boxes according to thespecial needs of the community, assist voters who may need special help, and protect the integrity of ballots. The state commissioner of elections should assist local county commissioners as needed, with input from the public.Iowa voters performed well in the 2020 elections. Any new election laws should encourage even greater participation, not restrict voting and thereby weaken our democracy.Thank you for opposing HF590.Sincerely,Mary T Klauke Abbas
02-20-2021
Jacob Lemons [N/A]
CON
This legislation serves to help absolutely nobody. There is zero evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state, so what is the point of this legislation? Other than Republicans working to make it even harder for people to vote, of course. After all, they know by now that the more voters that show up, the more likely they are to lose. I will reiterate that this legislation is not designed to help people, it only silences them and makes voting needlessly difficult. This is not what legislation is supposed to do. Reject this spineless attack on voting rights.
02-20-2021
Emily Russell & Shane Salwasser [Citizens]
PRO
02-20-2021
Chris Rolwes [Safe Driver Driver's Education LLC]
CON
This is a poor piece of legislation that does nothing to address election security, integrity or protect someone's right to cast a ballot. I've voted by mail the last several elections and I appreciate all of the absentee ballot requests that I receive from our auditor in Linn County as well as others who are doing their best to turn out the vote. Given the fact that all of the county auditors in the state are against this bill, that should be reason enough to let it die. The idea that this bill is being proposed based on unfounded claims of voter fraud is disappointing. As legislators, you should be proposing legislation that fixes problems that are brought forward by those who deal with these issues. We had 1.7 million people vote in the November 3rd election with a turnout rate of 76% and not major allegations of fraud took place. Please listen to the county auditors and do not send this bill out of committee.
02-20-2021
Philip Goldfarb Styrt []
CON
This proposed act makes it more difficult to vote. That alone should make us leery of it, because it is the fundamental concept of our democracy that everyone eligible should be empowered to vote, and that voters choose legislators and not viceversa. There is no evidence that our elections in Iowa have been anything but fair and open; therefore there is no need to take these actions. Instead, this act would infringe on a vital right while not benefiting the public interest at all. Vote no.
02-20-2021
Devon McClurken [Self]
CON
Extending time to vote does not create time for voter fraud, it increases time for corrections. Placing these limits on voting only makes voting more difficult and if your intention is to make voting more difficult then 1) that is not democratic and 2) if you are worried people will not vote the way you want them to, then you should look at what you stand for
02-20-2021
Katie Styrt [First Presbyterian Church]
CON
This voting bill is unnecessary and would restrict the rights of voters. Its provisions make voting more difficult for no acceptable reason.
02-20-2021
Ken Smith [Assoc ofMature American Citizens ]
PRO
02-20-2021
Anonymous [N/A]
CON
This bill and others like it amount to nothing more than voter suppression. Our democracy is founded on free and fair elections. The elections are free and fair when every citizen has a free and fair chance to vote. Selectively removing the chance to vote from a less privileged subset of our state makes our elections less free and less fair. If you cite the improvement of free and fair elections when defending this bill, then you are lying to yourself and your constituents. This is voter suppression.
02-20-2021
Jane Cranston []
CON
This is voter suppression. It is undemocratic and unAmerican.
02-20-2021
Marcia K. Bellendier []
CON
02-20-2021
Linda Serra Hagedorn [League of Women Voters of Ames & Story County]
CON
02-20-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This bill is bad for Iowans, it is voter suppression. Please vote no.
02-20-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I was proud of the way Paul Pate and his staff implemented the voter ID law. They did not make voting more difficult for people.HF 590, in contrast, will make voting more difficult for my husband and me who are old and infirm and have no family in Iowa and probably for lots of other people too.
02-20-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
Stop trying to limit peoples right to vote. Let everyone vote make it easy and convenient. This bill is vindictive, sloppy, possibly unconstitutional.
02-20-2021
Robin Switzer Brunner [Private Citizen]
CON
Improved access to voting has not significantly increased fraud. I am not opposed to voter ID as long as we take care to ensure people with limited financial resources can obtain IDs. But this bill, imposing unnecessary barriers to full participation by the electorate, is antithetical to securing the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. It is disgraceful.
02-20-2021
Jo A Wasta [Citizen]
CON
Esteemed Legislators TODAY you hold your Iowa office ONLY due to your constituents ability to access Iowas well documented very secure voting methods. Your constituents have empowered you to guarantee that this voting security continues, and TODAY we place our trust in you to ensure this right for ALL Iowa citizens. As voting is the basic right and duty of each citizen, you might also consider your opportunity to propose new means that might make performing this civic duty even more open and easily accessible for more citizens and technology to make this less labor costly to administer.
02-20-2021
Anonymous [Concerned citizen]
CON
We all know this bill has nothing to do with making voting better and everything to do with voter suppression. For all the legislators who will vote for this bill and claim they are Christian, you should think about that when you go to church!
02-20-2021
Rick Widman [Private Citizen]
CON
The 2020 election was proven to be fair over and over again. There is absolutely no reason to have this bill. This bill is nothing less than voter suppression and it is discriminatory.This country needs unity and this bill does quite the opposite. Please take this into consideration and reject this bill.
02-20-2021
VaLinda J. Parsons []
CON
Voter suppression is an evil byproduct of FEAR. Simply put, Republicans are fearful that if voting by all eligible voters is made easier, Democrats will vote in ever greater numbers and win more seats in the legislature. Historically, voter suppression favors the white and privileged (Republicans). By the same token, the efforts to decrease early voting days, remove voter's names from rolls after only ONE election cycle in which they fail to vote, allowing ONE ballot box per county, and restricting who can drop off these ballots is beyond the pale! All of this, to address a "problem" that DOESN'T EXIST, is despicable behavior. The voters of Iowa are not stupid...no wonder our most precious resource, our educated children, are leaving this state in droves.
02-20-2021
Josh D []
CON
The 2020 Presidential election was the most secure in history.There were a record number of ballots cast by mail Without one single proven case of voter fraud in Iowa.Every part of HF 590 is nothing but voter suppression.Why are Republicans SO SCARED of Americans exercising their right to vote?Stop making it more difficult for Iowans to vote . . . period.
02-20-2021
Peter Hansen []
CON
A democracy requires that citizens vote and consequently the state of Iowa should take every reasonable action to encourage people to vote and to make it easier to vote. Reducing the time for early voting and mailin voting from 29 days to 18 days certainly does not make it easier to vote. Prohibiting County Auditors from mailing absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters does not make it easier to vote. Purging voters who fail to vote in a single general election does not make it easier to vote. Not a single one of the proposed changes will increase the number of people who vote! "It will reduce fraud," some might say one of our newspapers reported today (2/20/21) that there were only three alleged cases of voter fraud in the 2020 election in Iowa. Voter fraud in Iowa is almost nonexistent. Pure and simple, HF 590 is meant to suppress the vote! Very sad.
02-20-2021
Lynette Plander [N/A]
CON
We should never try to limit voting, which appears to be the intent here. To encourage new businesses to come to IA, we need to be seen as a positive place to live; voter suppression and the appearance of being antiprogress is counter to our best interests. We should want to hear from every citizen and those who work more than one job, have limited transportation, etc. are just as important as those who can easily deliver a ballot to only one location in a county or be free to vote on Election Day. We need to stop pretending there was election fraud when there wasnt.
02-20-2021
Linda Lemons []
CON
I do not support HF 590. These restrictions are based on fear, domination and fail to support the building of a democracy. This bill deliberately denies access to marginalized people being able to vote. Suppressing access to voting undermines the foundation of a democracy. It is aimed at silencing those who do not agree with white dominant culture and at its core is immoral.
02-20-2021
Julie Powell-Mohr []
CON
To Our LegislatorsAfter a safe and secure election in 2020, and a record turnout for Iowa, I am deeply puzzled by bills that would limit voting procedures and make it more difficult for Iowans to vote in upcoming elections. The changes that are being proposed are not about safety and security of our elections, but limiting the opportunities for Iowans to exercise their right to voteall Iowans regardless of party affiliation. And really this bill makes it more difficult for elections to be safe and secure when election officials are put under even more limiting constraints than were there in the last election. It makes sense to me that you, as an elected official, would want to do everything in your power to encourage voter participation. Ultimately, everybody loses when citizens don't feel like you as an elected official are doing everything you can to make their participation in your election easier. All citizens want to trust there is a bipartisan commitment to their participation and that that matters to you.Please vote no on HF590
02-20-2021
Sandy Overton []
CON
I have been voting for 40+ years in Iowa. Beside the caucus being oddly done, I have never ever had trouble voting. No one I know has ever had trouble.I'd really like to understand why the Republicans in Iowa think these current laws need to be changed? Is it because you just can because you are the majority? Is it for suppressing somebody you don't like? Is it because you can't win if you are running a honest race? What is happening to our country? In the last 4 years we've risen to the worst of humanity I have ever seen due to greed and power of the right. Shame on the GOP. Shame on Iowa.
02-20-2021
Anonymous [NA]
CON
This is a bill looking for a problem that doesnt exist. Voter fraud in Iowa is nearly nonexistent. All this is going to do is make it harder for elderly people with disabilities, like me, to vote. You need to reconsider what youre doing. If theres so much voter fraud in Iowa, why do Republicans have control of almost everything? Does that mean Republicans are committing all this fraud you worried about? Thats the message I receive. We do not need this bill. It is voter suppression pure and simple.
02-20-2021
Erwin E Klaas []
CON
HF 590 is a terrible bill that promises to suppress voting in Iowa. Please send this one to the trash can immediately.
02-20-2021
Sharon Lake []
CON
I strongly oppose this bill, which makes it harder for eligible voters to participate in the electoral process. These provisions have no rational relationship to controlling voter fraud. They simply inconvenience voters. I especially object to: shortening the period for mailin voting; prohibiting auditors from mailing out ABRs; prohibiting auditors from setting up early voting locations; purging voters from the rolls if they miss voting in one general election; placing restrictions on who can turn in a voted absentee ballot for another voter. Iowa used to be a leader in best practices for making voting accessible for all. This bill is a disgrace.
02-20-2021
David Weiser [Not affiliated ]
CON
Elections must be accessible with provisions for all eligible persons in all walks of life in order to be truly free and fair. Absentee ballots must be readily obtainable with few restrictions other than confirming eligibility. Many of this bills provisions are obviously restrictive and for the purpose of disenfranchisement of many classes of voters. I have been proud that Iowas election laws allowed for many absentee ballots during an unexpected pandemic and that early voting was open for many weeks. Please keep Iowas elections open and free and fair for all.
02-20-2021
Anonymous [Public Citizen ]
CON
I am against this bill passing on as it leads all Iowans to suppression. If anything, we need more accurate and accessible means to vote every year. More needs to be addressed for all constitutes to vote with curbside voting, mail in ballots, absentee ballots, and to include in person Voting Rights for All.
02-20-2021
Anonymous [tuesday morning coffee club]
CON
we should be trying to make it easier to vote rather than harder. Why bother to change what is working with something that will make it more difficult for many?
02-20-2021
Teresa Bomhoff [LWV Metropolitan Des Moines]
CON
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02-20-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Do not make voting more difficult. Stop with the big lie. Stop voter suppression.
02-20-2021
Craig Harper [StandUp]
CON
02-21-2021
Dawn L Chambers [Private citizen]
CON
I must ask if those legislators promoting this bill actually believe Iowans are too stupid or oblivious to see its intent. All over the U.S., Republican state governments are racing to enact voter suppression laws, using manufactured claims of voter fraud. There was almost NO fraud in the 2020 election, but the GOP's refusal to accept their losses is beyond childish. You are attempting to destroy democracy with these efforts, and you should be ashamed.
02-21-2021
Jerry Uhlman [Retired ]
CON
Just one more misguided and disingenuous Bill that falsely claims is needed for election security but does nothing of the sort. The Bill serves only to make voting more difficult for many working people, will make it very difficult for those in military service or that work overseas to vote absentee. The Bill does nothing to further democracy and is no more than another attempt to silence voters.
02-21-2021
Louise Kaufman []
CON
Restricting voting under the guise of "rooting out" voter fraud is nothing but another Republican attempt at cheating. Voting must be expanded to be more inclusive, not less. Voting is a right, not a privilege.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [Myself ]
PRO
We are asking not to make it so hard for people to vote in Iowa.. Please dont take the absentee ballots away or limit the amount of them that can have them as it wouldnt be right especially after this election when most of the people used them due to the Covid 19.. my husband and myself are one as we both are high risk & voted safely in our house.. Many people did this & it helped make the election a success!! Why take or limit some thing that helps make things easier? Please think about it when you are making choices as you can be making things harder for people & they may not want to vote at all.. thank you
02-21-2021
Jerry Gillon [None]
CON
02-21-2021
Mindy Kruckenberg [Private Citizen]
CON
I am strongly opposed to a bill that makes it more difficult to vote. The Iowa Secretary of State's own study confirmed that voter fraud is not occurring in Iowa. There is no need to throw money and resources into a problem that doesn't exist. The aim of this bill simply appears to be voter suppression.
02-21-2021
Robin Kline []
CON
Making voting more difficult in Iowa would create inexplicable hardships on every Iowan. But this puzzling proposal particularly creates barriers to the elderly, handicapped, those who work long hours and Iowans marginalized by lack of access to transportation. Inactivating any voter who missed one general election is striking in its meanspirited intent. The franchise of voting is important. Do not legislate unnecessary roadblocks to our ability to show up at the pollswhether in early voting, absentee voting by mail, adequate poll hours, and ample polling places.
02-21-2021
Marilyn Neuerburg [none]
CON
What's the rush? It looks as though you're trying to pull a fast one on the voters by fasttracking this bill. It's a solution in search of a problem. Shortening the early voting period doesn't help anyone, in fact, nothing in this bill actually helps the voters. Let the county auditors give you a tutorial on the precise intricacies of running an election before you make any attempt to change the rules.
02-21-2021
Marilyn Neuerburg [none]
CON
What's the rush? It looks as though you're trying to pull a fast one on the voters by fasttracking this bill. It's a solution in search of a problem. Shortening the early voting period doesn't help anyone, in fact, nothing in this bill actually helps the voters. Let the county auditors give you a tutorial on the precise intricacies of running an election before you make any attempt to change the rules.
02-21-2021
Brad Brandenburg []
CON
The legislator should be making it easier for citizens to legally vote. It should also be working to allow greater local control to county auditors to serve their constituents.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [N/A]
CON
Instead of making it easier for citizens to vote, these two bills will create more obstacles for people to vote. I strongly recommend a NO vote on both these bills.It is clear from the data, no voter fraud is occurring in Iowa. And please dont begin narratives of conspiracy theories like the guy that was fired from the White House the People will not stand for that!No, no and NO!!
02-21-2021
Sara Perry [Individual]
CON
I do not want this bill passed. Any bill that shortens the current voting time, prohibits areas or ways we can vote, or impairs our auditors from assisting in expanding voter parcticipation should NOT be passed. Please vote NO. Thank you
02-21-2021
Laura Sherwin []
CON
Please vote against this bill.This bill is a voter suppression bill, plain and simple.Legislators should be working to expand voting, not making it harder to vote.Restricting ballot dropoff boxes to one per county is a hardship for many folks in rural areas.This bill also disenfranchises home bound and disabled citizens, making it nearly impossible for them to vote.This bill will cause county auditor offices more work and place an undue burden on their offices and staff. How much extra money will this bill cost taxpayers If enacted? Mail/in voting is done safely and securely in many other states (e.g., Colorado) as well as Iowa. There is no need for this bill. It doesnt solve any problems and doesnt make anything better for Iowans. This bill tries to solve a manufactured problem that simply doesnt exist. It is not needed.As an Iowan who votes, I have to wonder what the bills sponsors true agenda of the bills is with this proposed legislation. Legislators should be spending their time on fixing real problems like Covid19 relief and vaccination rollouts, police reform, cleaning up Iowa waterways, and so on.Thank you.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [None. Private citizen.]
CON
1) This bill does not point out any data showing the need for the proposed changes.2)It clearly makes it harder for some people to vote, notably the elderly and the disabled. Has it been evaluated for ADA compliance?3)Potential benefits to outweigh the increased voting obstacles are not defined.4)No election is planned in the near future, so why is this bill being fasttracked? We have all regretted hasty decisions made in our own lives; please don't do that here when there is time for more thorough evaluation.
02-21-2021
Jerry Laake [None]
CON
The reasons given by this bills sponsors are, to put it mildly, flimsy at best. Enactment of this bill will in no way whatsoever slow down the campaigns of the candidates. As I am sure the sponsors know, campaigns pay for a certain number of ads whether they are shown in video format or print. The other reason given by the sponsors is that a voter might change his or her mind after submitting their vote. Yes, this is a possibility I suppose but in this day and age of Red vs. Blue, it would be extremely unlikely for a voter to switch a vote after submission of their vote. In almost every single case, a voters mind is made up prior to marking a ballot.Lastly, if another reason for this bill is any or all claims of fraud, then I would simply ask the sponsors to submit proof.The attempt to pass this bill by a Republicanled House, Senate and Governor is nothing more than an attempt to implement voter suppression.The right to vote in a right given to all Americans. It is an oath I took as an Air Force veteran to uphold and defend at all costs. It is my firm view that anyone attempting to remove a persons right to vote is acting against the Constitution of the United States and should be immediately removed from any current and future elected office.
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02-21-2021
Amanda DeSalvo []
CON
These bills are the very definition of voter suppression. Iowa did a very good job of early voting and mailing out absentee forms in 2020. There was adequate drop off sites and safe early in person voting locations. The 2020 election was free and fair. Do not pass laws that backslide on voting rights. Voting is one of the most fundamental RIGHTS in this country. Lawmakers should be doing everything in their power to make it easier, safer, and more widespread. These bills are a very thinly veiled attempt to make it more difficult for Iowans to exercise their constitutional RIGHT to vote.
02-21-2021
Kathy Fryslie [n/a]
CON
Our election process has been working quite well. Don't waste tome trying to fix something that isn't "broken"?? Please DO NOT consider HF 590 a necessary use of your time, and vote NO
02-21-2021
Georgeann Chambers []
CON
2020 saw the most secure elections in the US. Vote by mail give everyone access to the ballot box. This law is trying to fix a perceived problem too many people being able to vote. How ridiculous is that? There needs to be more access for those eligible. Early voting and vote by mail are two of things that help those who cannot afford to take time off because theyre making minimum wage, that hasnt kept up with the economy. Your voter suppression is blatant and egregious. The ONLY reason you are doing this is because Republicans cannot win on the merits of their policies. We. See. You.
02-21-2021
Alene Rickels []
CON
Voting should always be encouraged. It should be easy. Our last election had a great turn out. We should want an even higher percentage of voters to vote. Lets make it easy for Iowa voters. This bill does not do that.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
Why are you attempting to change voting ? You should be making it easier for people to vote, not more difficult. There are many smaller communities in Iowa that already have to drive several miles to a voting site. You need to be assisting them, not making it harder, like you have done with covid vaccines. It seems as if you are attempting to do this because republicans failed to win the white house, even though their were 60 dismissed law suits, republicans seem to keep trying to say there was voter fraud. Please get over this, move forward . Dont set Iowa back 40 years, we have a bad enough image , dont encourage it. You all are supposed to be working for Iowa , but it seems as if you are doing everything to advance YOUR rebuplican agenda.
02-21-2021
Linda Kay Kofoed []
CON
Please do not change absentee rules and certainly do not add penalties toward auditors! Smith and Kaufman are not working for Iowa citizens.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-21-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
If the integrity of our election is in doubt there should be a full independent audit of our 2020 results. A whole senate seat was won by someone (Joni Ernst) who promptly used it to threaten to bring a procedural halt to COVID recovery if democrats didn't go along with helping the prior administration avoid accountability for a literal insurrection. I don't think this is representative of the will of the vast majority of Iowans and, if the election results are in doubt, it seems prudent to ensure she legitimately won. Not to mention the two flipped congressional seats defying all polls. So, a full independent audit and recount should be included in this legislation.Of course, if the election results are not in doubt, then what are we doing here?
02-21-2021
Carolyn Klaus [League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County]
CON
Our League works to educate and register eligible voters in Story County. We worked with Lucy Martin our County Auditor to meet these everchanging challenges for reaching out to both students and elder residents. Walk a day in the shoes of the Iowa auditors, a firsttime voter, a new resident. You are making the right to vote more difficult.
02-21-2021
Kari Tietjen [Iowa APSE]
CON
HF590 will have a strong impact on Iowans with Disabilities. Iowa APSE is an organization focused on employment for people with disabilities, and Iowans with disabilities have the right to vote. Thank you to InfoNet Iowa for reviewing the bill, and providing information about the potential impact to Iowans with disabilities. (http://www.infonetiowa.org/takeaction/) A county auditor cannot send an absentee ballot request to a voter even if a voter asks for one to be sent. Your only choice is printing one from the Internet at home or going to your county auditor's office. Only the voter, a person who lives with the voter, the voter's immediate family, or a person caring for the voter are allowed to pickup and deliver a voted absentee ballot. Friends or neighbors would not be allowed to do this! The early voting period is shortened from 29 days to just 18 days. This means voters have less time to vote, and less time to correct mistakes on their mailin ballots. Ballots without a signature on the envelope will be considered incomplete. This may be difficult with only an 18day early voting period; there just isn't time for error. Voters who want to vote by mail may not make the request until 70 days before the election.Auditors will not be able to accept any absentee ballot requests that have had information prefilled out. Prefilled ballots can be timesaving to people who have difficulty writing. Voters who skip a General Election will be moved to the "inactive" voter list, requiring them to reregister or take some action to restore their voter registration. This adds confusion and makes it more work to stay registered to vote.
02-21-2021
John Olsen []
CON
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02-21-2021
Julie Landsteiner [None]
CON
This bill is a direct affront to our democracy. We should be trying to get more people to exercise their right to vote, NOT to limit methods of voting. We are in the 21st century and the old methods of voting are out of date. Absentee voting lets people vote when it is convenient for them. Vote no!
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Iowa has had virtually no voter fraud, there is no reason for this bill. And even there was voter fraud this bill does nothing to address it. It seems to do nothing except make it harder to vote.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
This bill is unnecessary and will only inconvenience voters. It will not provide better election security or even accomplish it's intended goals. I have no problem with better voter id verification or a better way of obtaining sample ballots. This bill does nothing practical.
02-21-2021
Deb Hansen []
CON
I feel this bill will limit a number of people the availability to vote. Under the constitution all citizens are granted the right to vote. By the limitations set forth by this legislation it will severely effect homebound individuals, including many seniors, people with limitations and those with the inability to drive. In many communities having one drop box at only the county office can be an hardship. In Polk County that drop box is located downtown and can be easily a 30 minute drive. In rural counties this could be a 35 mile drive. What about the Iowans who chose to leave the state for the winter months. By only allowing 18 days to receive, fill out and return an absentee ballot may be a challenge.In Polk County over 1000 absentee ballots needed to be cured across all parties. This may not be possible in this limited time frame, once again disenfranchising many voters. These are just a few issues with this bill. It should be the goal of all Iowans and most importantly those who write these bills to increase voter participation at all levels. To increase the ease and availability for all voters in the state. Please vote NO on this bill!
02-21-2021
Mary Hanke []
CON
It seems to be too fast of a reform when our elections have been run very well. I think we still need to have a long time for absentee voting.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [retired nurse]
CON
The greatest good for the greatest number.Make it easier to vote NOT more difficult.
02-21-2021
Karen Caligiuri [Citizen]
CON
Please do not make voting more difficult for working Iowans. The 29 days available for early voting are necessary for most people who have busy family, work, and volunteer schedules. This bill does NOT benefit Iowans ... It only benefits those who wish to reduce Iowa's voter turnout.
02-21-2021
Maureen Tyne []
CON
We should not be making it more difficult for people to vote. It is hard enough for working people and the elderly to vote without limiting hours, days or poling places.
02-21-2021
Karah Spahn []
CON
I am strongly opposed to this bill. We should be celebrating the fact that Iowa has a strong history of utilizing early voting while maintaining the integrity of elections. Instead, we are considering a bill that is a blatant attempt to suppress voters especially in rural areas. The burden of this bill will fall on the shoulders of the elderly, poor, disabled, and immobile residents of Iowa. This bill does not allow auditors to mail absentee ballot request forms to residents who might not have a printer at their house. It also limits the number of ballot drop boxes and prevents auditors' offices from establishing satellite polling places without a petition signed by 100 people making voting more inconvenient and less accessible to Iowans. If this passes, we can also expect to see long lines on Election Day and watch our voter turnout fall.
02-21-2021
Rebecca Conard []
CON
I write in opposition to HF590. Considering increasing delays in USPS mail delivery, an early voting period of 18 days is excessively short. The 2017 reduction to 29 days should stand. By the same logic, the proposal to prohibit county auditors from mailing absentee ballots until 18 days before an election is either shortsighted or purposely designed to suppress voter participation. Finally, prohibiting elections officials from sending absentee ballot request forms makes absolutely no sense. The proposed legislation is silent on the practice of political organizations doing exactly the same thing. Elections officials SHOULD be in charge of voting processes. And to penalize them for exercising their responsibilities, as this bill proposes, is reprehensible. If anything, state legislators should be encouraging citizens to participate in the representative democratic process by voting and facilitating the work of elections officials to make sure that all citizens have equitable means to exercise their voting rights.
02-21-2021
Christopher M. Lewey []
CON
First, I am deeply concerned with the movement in this country, especially by Republicans, to discredit what elections officials have repeatedly stated was a fair election and the refusal to accept the election results (but only those that have a Democrat as the winner). This is severely damaging democracy in America and is disturbing and unacceptable. This bill does nothing to actually protect election integrity but only adds additional hurdles for those eligible to vote. Vote "no" to this bill and keep Iowa a state that protects and values the important and fundamental right to vote by the many hardworking and honest people of the Hawkeye State. Their voices and votes deserve to be heard.
02-21-2021
Carol F []
CON
this bill is a form of voter suppression cloaked in a misleading name of protection. Our vote was fair and absentee voting is not only a convenient method of voting but gives the voter time to review it carefully and it keeps all our health protected. It also is the best method for handicapped and elderly. I only support making voting easier. This bill is more evidence that the Republican party is no longer protection our democracy.
02-21-2021
Julie Duhn []
CON
Why pass a bill whose ultimate goal is to make voting more difficult? Why throw roadblocks in the way of a most fundamental right of Americans? There is NO QUESTION that this is BAD LEGISLATION and an attempt to hamper voters attempting to do their duty as citizens as well as hampering workers in auditors' offices throughout the State of Iowa during an election. An obvious attempt at bad faith legislation.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I have concerns with the portion of the bill related to county auditors being able to set early voting satellite locations. County auditors best know the needs of their county population, geographic size, etc. Requiring a petition is a poor use of everyone's time.I also disagree with voters being considered inactive after only missing one general election. Being sick, work, car issues, lots of things can interfere with being able to vote on election day. It should take more than once or twice before someone gets marked as inactive.
02-21-2021
Steven Drahozal []
CON
Iowans do not need more government interference with their fundamental rights. I wish I could say this bill is nothing more than a solution in search of a problem, but it is clearly more than that. It is a government overreach to limit the liberties we cherish. My grandfather did not land in France on DDay so that my own legislature could continue its march into my private life to make voting more difficult. MLK did not mobilize Americans for justice so that future generations could have additional barriers to voting imposed. Ronald Reagan said, Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didnt pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our childrens children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. Why would any libertyloving American vote to impair the right to vote?There are Iowans who rely on absentee voting because their work and family obligations make it difficult to get to polling places. They may be elderly and not as mobile as I am. They may have disabilities that already create hurdles. No elected official who takes Iowa's motto of "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain" can support these voter suppression efforts. This is an effort to silence the people and it should not pass. Please vote no on HF590.
02-21-2021
Jesse Singerman []
CON
I object to this repressive bill on several grounds. First it reduces the time for early voting and mailin voting from 29 days to 18 days, which would make Iowas mailin voting period one of the shortest in the country. That is awful. I always vote early and have been grateful that Iowa allowed me to select an early voting date that met my needs and allowed me so many options to be sure I got it done. I take voting VERY seriously and never want to miss an election. Ample time for early voting and mail in voting is critical for older Iowans, working Iowans and new voters. In addition, I sometimes spend part of the winter in rural New Mexico and 18 days is almost certainly not enough time to be positive I can get a ballot sent to me and returned in time to be counted, or corrected if there is a problem. Many older Iowans who winter out of state but want to do their civic duty would be in the same boat. Second taking Iowans off the voter rolls if they miss one general election is ridiculous! Everyone misses an election now and then because of work, family, health or weather issues. Plus many people ONLY vote in Presidential elections are you really going to penalize someone who does that? Terrible idea. Finally it really disturbs me that this bill would put auditors in jail or severely fine them for helping Iowans to vote. This is a terrible bill. VOTE NO ON HF590
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am strongly opposed to HF590. My son has served 16 years in the USAF as a pilot and has had many overseas assignments. HF 590 would cause his and other military members to be disenfranchised. The window and means for absentee ballots would be difficult. In addition, my 88yearold mother and her friends in her retirement community could be impacted also. I appeal to your sense of fairness and our American guarantee of the right to vote. Linda Goff
02-21-2021
Karin Franklin [League of Women Voters]
CON
02-21-2021
Anonymous [New Iowa Project]
CON
I want more details on why those writing the bill believe after our biggest voter turnout, in which their presidential choice lead, they feel the need for these changes. Please don't just say fraud, I would like to see the actual accounts with details, and a percentage.This new Radical Republican Party makes Iowa feel like it is going backwards and not welcoming to all people.
02-21-2021
Polly Antonelli []
CON
I oppose this bill strenuously. It serves no good purpose. Iowa had record voter turnout during a pandemic for the 2020 election. I have yet to hear of a single case of voter fraud. I have heard of people struggling to absentee vote with the shortened time frames recently enacted. Please help older, disabled, rural, and any other voters. Do not pass this bill, it only makes voting harder.
02-21-2021
Katherine Bryden []
CON
As an Iowa voter who works demanding hours in healthcare, I appreciate the ability to vote early and by mail. I am opposed to any legislation that reduces the window for early voting or makes it more difficult or shorten the window to vote for those who have barriers to showing up to polls to vote in person. Our responsibility as a democracy is to expand access to voting, not hamper it. I would be in favor of universal mailin voting, which works very well in Oregon and has for decades. Please discard this bill.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
Do NOT make it more difficult to vote in Iowa. Last year's experience of large numbers of people being able to vote in a Pandemic made it clear that the system, as is, promotes democracy.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
There is no valid reason for this bill to be even heard let alone presented. Voter fraud is nonexistent in Iowa this is purely a method to restrict voters and to discriminate! Iowa is (or should be) above this type of voter suppression.
02-21-2021
Lee Wood [LWVJC]
CON
It is disturbing that our legislators would consider this bill. it takes away the rights of the most vulnerable to be able to vote in our elections. It suppresses minorities and those who live far from a voter site from voting in an election.we are not an authoritarian country and these actions would lead to just such a state by stopping Iowans from voting freely and how they wish to enter there vote.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [Johnson County League of Women Voters]
CON
02-21-2021
Jean Donham []
CON
There is no justification for any provisions in this bill. Iowa has just experienced a well run election with impressive participation by eligible votes. Our democracy depends upon maximizing voter participation,. This bill works counter to that principle of participation.
02-21-2021
Doug Lane []
CON
Iowa Republicans have said it's their mission to make it "easier to vote, harder to cheat". In what way does shrinking the early voting period make it easier to vote? Just a few years ago, it was 40 days why cut that down by more than half? Narrowing the window for early voting means errors in registration or ballot requests have less time to be corrected. There is unanimous, bipartisan opposition from all 99 county auditors against this bill. Republicans and Democrats alike are certain their electoral operations (and therefore their constituents) will be harmed by this legislation. This bill serves no one except its authors. It's an obvious attempt to impose partisan advantage into our elections, and should be struck down.
02-21-2021
Linda Bader [None]
CON
Why on earth would you want toincrease voter suppression???? We had a fair election with extremely little fraud. Youve already cut back on early voting. We have a damn pandemic going on. We needed absentee voting for the pandemic. This state is getting more and more extreme to the right. This is NOT democratic!!!!
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02-21-2021
Barbara Beaumont []
CON
We want to encourage citizen engagement; we need to make voting easy so that citizens will feel they have a part by voting and that their participation matters.
02-21-2021
Jennie Erwin [Daystar Harvest]
CON
As we enter a time of more pandemics and weirder weather, let us expand early voting and increase the support for mail in voting. These changes would do the opposite.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am concerned about the content of this bill. We should be working to encourage as many voters to participate in our democratic elections. The 2020 election brought out more voters exercising their right to vote with opportunities for absentee ballots and early voting. Please work to continue to make all voices heard with procedures that enable all to cast their votes freely. Thank you!
02-21-2021
Christine E Young []
CON
Democracy is all about hearing the voice and will of the people. The way we do that is through accessible, safe, and fraudfree voting systems. The recordbreaking success of our current system in the last election cycle demonstrates that we have found the means to do that. HF590 should advance no further. Do not "fix" what is not broken.
02-21-2021
Richard Kaufman []
CON
It seems this bill is saying that Republicans didnt like or trust the way they essentially prevailed statewide in the 2020 election. Lets promote more eligible voters given broadened access, extended time, innovative methods and encourage secure absentee and mailin options to vote. What could possibly be wrong with advocacy of more rather than fewer voting opportunities? Perhaps its fear of true representative governance.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Voting needs to be more available so all can participate,not less available! What kind of third world state is Iowa turning into?
02-21-2021
Anonymous [Citizen Tax Payer]
PRO
Agree 100%. A return to election integrity is vital to free and fair elections. Iowa needs to get rid of the Dominion and ES&S (same company) electronic voting machines, hardware and software. See the list of voting machine by county on the Secretary of State website. Return to paper ballots, voter ID, signature match, proper chain of custody, election witnesses and observers. Clean up voter rolls, mail in ballots do not count. Mail in is different from absentee. US citizens living in the state of Iowa are eligible to vote. Do not allow ballot harvesting, stealing ballots or stealing a senior citizens/senior home vote. It is illegal to buy votes. This apparently needs to be said but you a dead person's vote does not count. Dead people cannot vote. All ballots, inperson and absentee must be counted on the night of the election. Do not stop counting the votes in attempt to get the result you want. If anyone says this is voter suppression, that is very condescending and saying Iowans are too stupid to get a valid ID, too stupid to know when or where to vote. Thank you
02-21-2021
Nancy Lynch [League of Women Voters]
PRO
02-21-2021
Tom and Joan Cook [none]
CON
We are in our 70's and longtime voting residents of Iowa. We are incredulous that this bill is being considered by our State Legislature. The stipulations in this bill amount to a form of cruel and unusual punishment for the "crime" of wanting to vote. This bill is obviously intended to restrict us and our fellow citizens from exercising the most basic right of our democracy. It must NOT become law. Iowa is better than this!
02-21-2021
Sister Kathleen Grace []
CON
The bottom line is we want to encourage people to vote. There is little history of voter fraud in Iowa. This bill impedes access to voting. It must not pass.
02-21-2021
Lisa Muñoz []
CON
Why are we making an issue out of a nonissue? Voting is a fundamental right of citizenship. We should be continually looking at ways to encourage voting, not implementing restrictions that make it more difficult for people to exercise this fundamental right. The current bill appears to be a reaction to an increased voter turnout, rather than to any data that objectively supports the need for further restrictions. It behooves us ask why one party (especially the party of "small government") wants to legislate voting in ways that will in consequence, if not intent, exclude vulnerable populations (who, whether you like it or not, have the constitutional right to vote).
02-21-2021
Dr. Marvin Vore [none]
CON
Please vote NO to HF 590 and SF 413There was a record turn out in Iowa this last election and no evidence of any fraud. Why fix something that is not broken?
02-21-2021
David Olberding []
CON
This bill is clearly an attempt to propagate the "Big Lie" that the election was "stolen" from Trump. Republicans are trying so solve a problem that doesn't exist. This will do nothing to shorten the length of campaigns, as claimed by Rep. Bobby Kaufmann.18 days is not enough time to vote via an absentee ballot. 29 days seems reasonable.
02-21-2021
Dena Dillon [Independent voter]
CON
I stand in opposition to this bill. We need to make it easier for citizens to vote, not more difficult. As someone who uses mailin voting (because Im working in healthcare and not always available on Election Day), I dont see how shortening the time to allow for voting can help. I recognize that many citizens have even more challenges to voting than myself. If you need to change the time, PLEASE extend, rather than shorten it. I strongly oppose purging voters who dont vote in one general election! This is just WRONG!!! Let the people vote, already. Ive heard of such laws in other states such as Ohio, who want to squelch the peoples voice, but I think Iowa is better than that. Please, let the people (ALL the people) be heard. Shame on whoever thought less people being allowed to vote was a good idea. Our country was founded on Democracy!Im not coming inperson to speak because Ive heard that use of masks are not being enforced and I cannot put my family and my patients at risk by being inperson with folks who arent wearing masks, but I do feel strongly about this issue. Thank you for reading my comments.
02-21-2021
Kenneth Miller Jr [none]
CON
Not in favor of this bill because it's totally unfair, and nothing more than a power grab by a minority group wishing to control our governance !
02-21-2021
Naomi B McCormick []
CON
I am proud that nearly 76% of registered voters in our state participated in the 2020 Election. There was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Iowa or anywhere else. Early voting and absentee voting help working people, young families, people with disabilities, people who travel for work, and the elderly remain engaged citizens. Don't punish citizens for wanting to participate in our democracy. Don't turn our hardworking, ethical auditors into criminals for doing their best to serve the needs of their local communities. Don't turn our beloved state of Iowa into a clone of a preCivil Right era, deep south state. HF 590 should be defeated.
02-21-2021
Olivia Atcherson [Potluck Insurgency ]
CON
Suppressing the vote is unconscionable!
02-21-2021
Joan Webster-Vore [none]
CON
This last election had a record turn out of voters. The voting process was easy and it worked. Why would you want to make changes in the process that make it more challenging for the voters of Iowa to participate?As I read through these changes I wonder how it will all actually work and how it helps make our lives better. Iowa has an aging population, why deny a neighbor from helping a neighbor vote? What happens with a shortened mailin time line when the post office seems to be challenged with timely deliveries of the mail? I dont want to lose my ability to participate in the election because my ballot or vote arrived too late in the mail. These are only some of my concerns with this bill.Please do not make it harder for the citizens of Iowa to vote.
02-21-2021
Lenore Howard []
CON
Thanks to our Secretary of State and County Auditors in doing their jobs well, Iowas elections have been executed with integrity and without evidence of voter fraud, confirmed by the Secretary of States office. Limiting voter remorse, shoring up public confidence, both unfounded, is, disingenuous and, at best, shoddy reasoning for passing HD590 & SF413 bills. The underscoring intention is to suppress voting rights and make it more difficult for Iowans to exercise their right to vote as well interfere with the sovereignty of County Auditors, even to threatening them with criminal charges for noncompliance. As a reminder, this bill will impact not just Democratic and Independent, but Republican voters as well. I implore our Republican legislators to act in interest of state and country over party and selfinterests and vote NO on HF590 and SF 413.
02-21-2021
Patrick Ashwood []
CON
As a senior citizen I am opposed to any reduction in current absentee ballot time or collection mandates. The 2020 Iowa election went just fine. Voting should be made easier not more difficult. A democracy should encourage voting and not create ways to block voters. Voter fraud is a made up crisis by those who wish to suppress voters that may vote against them.
02-21-2021
Kathy Meyer [Private citzen]
CON
Theres something inherently wrong with your party when one of your priorities is to make voting harder for people, especially when the voting population is the elderly and those with disabilities, especially when the population is made of those without transportation, and especially when the voting population is made up of the military. Why is there the need to reduce the number of days for early voting, other than to reduce the number of people who vote? Why? Why limit absentee ballot collection unless you fear too many votes for your opponent? Really? Pass fair and compassionate laws and maybe you wouldnt have so much to fear. Why create new criminal charges for county auditors who might fail to follow state rules unless you know of county auditors who cheat? Really? This just makes you sounds paranoid. Please stop. Voter suppression is wrong. Make it easier, not harder, to vote.Kathy MeyerWinterset, Iowa
02-21-2021
Anonymous [Private citizen]
CON
Even with early voting and satellite sites the lines in downtown Des Moinrs (Polk County Election Office) were long in 2020 (mainly because voters had so little confidence in the postal system and we all know now why that was). But your new law and rules will result in even longer lines and lots of voter suppression. Why is his your goal? Why are you making voter harder? Please be honest you fear a large turn out of Democrats because you are passing so many unreasonable laws this session you are becoming unelectable.
02-21-2021
John Waters [Concerned taxpayer]
CON
Our democracy depends on all our citizens having adequate access to the ballot box. The proposed legislation dramatically reduces the window of time in which voters may submit absentee ballots from 40 days a few years ago to a mere 18 days. This particularly impacts voters whose health, employment, financial and family situations impede them from voting in person. Excluding our most vulnerable citizens from the electoral process is not only unfair, it weakens confidence in the legitimacy of our government. Rushing this proposal through the legislative process without sufficient opportunity for public debate further disenfranchises those most affected.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
HF 590 will accomplishes nothing but suppressing votes. By reducing the time window for early and mailin voting and by purging registered voters who fail to vote in one general election, our state is making it more difficult to vote when our goal should be to encourage every citizen to vote. The proposed harsh punishments on local auditors are unreasonable and unjustified. I do not support this bill. Legislators should oppose it.
02-21-2021
Beverly Weismann []
CON
This bill has one purpose: to make it HARDER for Iowans to vote. In a DEMOCRACY, ALL CITIZENS have the right to vote and make our voices heard. WHY make it harder to vote for citizens with disabilities, citizens without transportation, citizens who are elderly? WHY make it harder or impossible to vote during a crisis like a pandemic? The ONLY reason I can think of is to SUPPRESS THE VOTE OF CITIZENS. SHAME ON YOU.
02-21-2021
John McAndrew [None]
CON
For as long as I've been alive (almost 65 years), it's been a truism that Americans don't vote. Our problem is and has long been too few voters, not too many. Five states, red and blue, have had vote by mail for years, with no problems. In 2020, many states expanded access to voting by mail and early voting, and saw an increase in turnout. That's a good thing in a democratic republic. We should make registration automatic and irrevocable except by death; allow early voting for a month before each Election Day, including on weekends; facilitate absentee/voting by mail; and make sure those who need help voting can get it. Voter fraud is vanishingly rare, and when it has occurred, it has never, or almost never, corrupted an election result. Our elected officials are only as representative as our voter turnout.
02-21-2021
Julie Neff []
CON
The responsibilities that come with serving as an elected government official in Iowa include strengthening our democracy, increasing voter turnout, and ensuring the legislation passed works only to benefit the people of Iowa. HF 590 does none of that.Instead, this bill weakens our democracy by making it more difficult to vote. It places hurdles in the way of voters and disenfranchizes Iowa's elderly, disabled, and low income residents. Claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election are false. The courts proved it, the Attorney General said it, and Iowa's own Secretary of State and all 99 county auditors agreed that our elections are free and fair. I oppose HF 590. It is a clear attempt to suppress voter turn out in Iowa and turn back the record number of Iowans voting in the last election. This ALEC written legislation is NOT for the benefit of Iowans; it is however, written to benefit those who feel threatened by voters exercising their Constitutional rights to the ballot box.
02-21-2021
John McCormick []
CON
The front page article in today's Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier states "The result of the 2020 election was a huge turnout with no reported cases of election fraud." Restricting early voting and absentee ballots serves only to reduce the number of people voting. Our processes for voting should be designed to encourage voter participation to strengthen our democracy. I urge you to support Iowans by NOT supporting these deplorable efforts to keep us from making our voices heard.
02-21-2021
Christine Ney []
CON
This bill is an assault on the consitutional right to vote. Limiting voting rights should not become the only way Republicans can win an election. This type of action is why I left the Republican party. You will continue to lose voters and discourage young people to stay in Iowa by limiting voters rights.
02-21-2021
Brian Francis [Unaffiliated ]
CON
Send fully filled out ballot request forms to every voter every year.
02-21-2021
Jane Robinette []
CON
HF 590 is designed to infringe on Iowa citizens' right to vote. Last year we had record voter turnout. Instead of celebrating that fact and repeating the actions that enabled the record turnout, this bill would instead do away with many of those things.In the last election, the secretary of state sent absentee ballot request (ABR) forms to all voters. This bill wouldn't allow that. The county auditors sent ABRs as well. This bill wouldn't allow that. Voters had 120 days in which to send in their ABR. This bill reduces that to 70 days. Voters had 29 days within which to receive, vote, and return their completed ballots. This bill reduces that to a mere 18 days. The only justification I have heard for shortening the time for early voting and requesting a mailin ballot is that it would shorten the period of political campaigning. Obviously, that is not true! Restricting the time to vote would not shorten the campaign season, it would actually delay the date on which Iowans could vote early to get their name off of the campaign contact lists. And it would certainly make it more difficult for people to voteespecially for elderly and disabled voters, or voters who will be unavailable during that short time frame. Given the delays in the postal system we have been experiencing, it is ridiculous to further narrow this time period.Voters used to be able to designate a trusted neighbor or friend to deliver their ballot to the county auditor. This bill would not allow those people to help. Voters should be able to designate whomever they trust to deliver their ballot. In this bill, county auditors would lose authority entrusted to them by their voters, would not be allowed to set satellite early voting locations, and could be subject to hefty penalties for wrong actions or inaction. Before, voters who had not voted in two successive general elections were categorized as inactive. Under this bill, a voter who has missed only one general election could be moved to inactive status. Voting rights are fundamental rights of citizens. We all should be championing the record turnout and hailing voters, not changing the rules AGAIN, causing confusion and limiting the ability to vote. This is a shameful bill. Vote no on HF 590.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [Public]
CON
No changes are necessary to our current election laws. There is no proof of voter fraud happening in the state of Iowa.How do you expect the elderly to deal with absentee ballots if you won't allow a family member to drop off the ballot for them.Why are you trying to suppress the vote?
02-21-2021
Barb M []
CON
Wrong thing to do, suppressing votes. I have voted absentee for decades with no pressure imposed on me like this will do. Don't forget Mark E. Elias is watching
02-21-2021
Kenn Bowen [Private citizen]
CON
Another vindictive shortsighted attempt to strip away local control and restrict voting across the state
02-21-2021
Anonymous [None]
PRO
We need to secure our voting privileges and ensure the future of our democracy for our children!
02-21-2021
Mary L Strom [NA]
CON
I have questions: Clarify the number of people who can return an absentee ballot & relationship to the voter.Cancel voter registration if voter does not vote in one general election?? One?? not practicalWho serves on the state government committee & how are they chosen?Are you adressing how pollworkers are being trained?
02-21-2021
Anonymous [Citizen]
CON
Please vote no. This bill's only purpose is to disenfranchise voting. Iowa is better than this.
02-21-2021
John Brennan [Concerned voter]
CON
I strongly oppose this bill. It really reeks of ageism. After a lifetime of working, raising families, and paying taxes we almost all eventually become less mobile, physically disabled, and dependent on others. Things get harder to do and take longer. It is just the nature of life. Getting to the polls or absentee ballot drop boxes isn't always easy. At the same time our Postal Service which is no less a service than the Armed Services (military) is required to run like a for profit endeavor slowing the reliability of the mail. If we had a demonstrable voter fraud problem in Iowa this might make sense, but we dont. The authors of this bill should be ashamed.
02-21-2021
Tim Moothart [Dubuque Coalition for Nonviolence]
CON
While some people looking for an excuse that gullible people will accept this voter suppression bill pushed by the far right lobby, lucid citizens know better. Any legislator who votes for this voter suppression bill will face EVEN MORE pushback by groups like ours who tell the TRUTH if they have the nerve to run for any office in the future. For the future of Democracy please vote NO on this voter suppression bill.
02-21-2021
Lissa Holloway []
CON
We had such a successful 2020 presidential election with the highest turnout ever. So why would you now want to place roadblocks and attempt to suppress the vote. It can't be because of fraud (as there was not any). We need to make it easier for everyone to vote. This is an unnecessary bill. This is like your bathroom bill, trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist. Please vote no on this bill.
02-21-2021
Cynthia S. Garcia [n/a]
CON
I am totally against these bills, if our system isn't broke why fix it? I will be very disappointed if my representatives vote for this, I will be very disappointed!! There is ionly one thing that I noticed should be changed, and that is "ballot harvestjng". No representative of either party should be offering to gather your completed ballots and drop them off, that is ridiculous that was even allowed! As I read through other comments on this post, I have yet see one constituent in favor of this bill. What a silly reason for a bill of this importance, because the campaigns and political advertising last too long. I cant believe that 2 reps from Eastern Iowa introduced this bill using that as a valid reason.
02-21-2021
Susan Newton [None]
CON
Please do not change our election laws. We already have safe, elections. 99 county auditors know what they are doing. Let them do their job without interference. Voter suppression laws a really ugly look.
02-21-2021
Susan Meenan [Retired private citizen ]
CON
I am against this voter suppression bill. The 2020 election turned out more voters than ever before and during a pandemic at that. There has been no proven evidence of voter fraud or election insecurity. Our county auditors do an excellent job of running safe and secure elections. I know because Ive been a Scott County poll worker for the last few years. I want to know that my vote counts and that I dont have to depend on the weather or my health on Election Day. There could be a blizzard, I could fall ill or otherwise become homebound on Election Day. People also schedule business trips and vacations that could fall on Election Day. Theyre a myriad of reasons why voters cannot vote in person. And why shorten the time and limit the locations that make it more difficult for voters to cast their ballots? This is nothing more than an effort to suppress the vote in Iowa.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Placing additional restrictions on when and how Iowans can vote is unnecessary. There was no evidence of voter fraud in 2020, so why are we wasting time on this bill.
02-21-2021
Dawn Bassett []
CON
I can see no benefit to limiting absentee ballot voting days. We have just experienced the most secure election ever, as more voters chose to vote by mail, and yet somehow, Republicans are determined to say that our votes were fraudulent. Limiting our voices, especially of the elderly, disabled and Democrats, who by the way, vote overwhelmingly by mail in vote, seems to be the aim of this bill. How does this bill benefit Iowans? Please reconsider limiting Democracy.
02-21-2021
Bill Harriott [retired]
CON
This bill is voter suppression pure and simple. We need to making voting easier, not harder.
02-21-2021
Peter Cox [Xenophore]
CON
This bill is nothing but a blatant attempt to reduce voter choice and solidify the power of the duopoly parties. It is disgraceful in this day and age that politicians would attempt to suppress our freedoms in such a manner.
02-21-2021
Marie Stigliani []
CON
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am strongly against this bill. No action should be taken to further restrict or hinder voting in any way.
02-21-2021
Terese Grant [President of the League of Women Voters of Iowa]
CON
The League of Women Voters of Iowa is opposed to HF 590. The League has always worked to ensure that voters have the ability to vote in a free and fair election. We have always believed that voting is a fundamental right of citizens in the United States. Unfortunately HF 590 places numerous restrictions on Iowans ability to vote. Voters would have a much more limited amount of time to vote or to request an absentee ballot. Requesting an absentee ballot would become much more difficult to seniors and people with disabilities. There are many more obstacles to voting in this bill. The point is, even one restricting to voting in an upcoming election is one too many. Iowans should not have their access to voting diminished in any way.
02-21-2021
Regina Brennan []
CON
Dear State Senators and Representatives: I respectfully ask that you do not vote to pass HF590. The 2020 election was fair, secure and free from significant fraud that could have affected the outcome. A Republican majority was elected to power and to represent ALL of the citizens of Iowa. Please fo not abuse your power by acting to silence voices or suppress the vote of those who hold different views. Your job is to make voting more available to Iowans, not less. To call for unity and then act to inhibit voter rights exhibits a disregard for the wellbeing of Iowans.
02-21-2021
Christopher Schubert [Voter]
CON
02-21-2021
Rebecca Kresowik []
CON
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02-21-2021
Allie Koolbeck [N/A]
CON
I strongly oppose this bill as an Iowan resident. It is voter suppression and thus undermines our democracy and our rights as US citizens. Voter fraud is NOT an issue, as has been proven time and again, and this bill isn't about the length of campaigns. It is nothing more than trying to reduce our rights and ability to vote.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Plain and simple, this bill is all about voter suppression. Iowa had excellent turnout from all parties in the 2020 elections due to fair voting options and reasonable timelines. Passing this bill would punish Iowa voters for a nonexistent problem. It would make it especially difficult for those who need to vote absentee, including members of the armed forces. One argument for the changes is that shortening the voting period reduces the number of people who might regret their vote. How laughable that the Republicans want to be our voting nannies. And if any elected officials wants a shorter campaign period, one easy way to do that is just don't run for office.Stop this bill and stop trying to disenfranchise the voters of Iowa.
02-21-2021
Maureen White []
CON
Before the election last fall, an elderly friend asked if I would help her return her absentee ballot. She lives alone in a senior living community and doesnt drive anymore. Her husband lives in the memory care unit and the other immediate family members live out of state. She does not have or need a caretaker. She did not want to mail her ballot because of comments made by the president at that time creating doubt about the reliability of the mail and actions by his appointee to run the USPS that actually slowed mail deliveries.So I drove her to the Courthouse. The nearest parking space was on the far side of the parking lot. Because she uses a walker, I was concerned about her safely navigating through a busy parking lot, so I said Id walk across the lot and put her absentee ballot in the drop box for her, which I did. If this law were in effect, through this simple act of kindness I would have been guilty of election misconduct in the third degree, a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $315$1,875 fine. Where is the humanity and common sense in that? Please keep in mind the needs of our large percentage of elderly Iowans, those with disabilities, those working two or three jobs, caregivers, and those without transportation when considering this legislation.A drop box is a good thing, but too many other provisions in this bill make it harder to vote, to have satellite voting locations, to be nominated, or are unnecessary, overly restrictive, or punitive toward citizens and county election officials. HF 590 should not be passed by the House.
02-21-2021
Cindy Golding [Private citizen]
PRO
02-21-2021
Phyllis Allen-Morris [Iowa Resident]
CON
I do not support this bill. What is the real reason the Republican Party wants to disenfranchise the voters of Iowa? I want the Republican Party to tell me!! The Republican Party carried the State in the last Presidential General Election, kept and pickedup seats in U.S. Congress and State Legislature. So where was the fraud? Please show me Republican Party!! Does the Republican Party have to stack deck to keep winning & maintaining power? Whats wrong with having a fair and equitable voting process that allows everyone who is eligible to vote the right to vote and have their vote counted? Democracy is not one Partys governing ideology, but a mixture of may voices with many life experiences. We are codependent on each other. The voting process should be about inclusion not exclusion. So again, I ask Why this bill and the urgency to make it law?
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am strongly opposed to this bill making it more difficult for Iowans to vote. The right to vote is fundamental and should be expanded, not abridged. There is no evidence of fraud showing a need for this bill, indicating that this is nothing more than a partisan effort to restrict our fundamental right to choose our representation. The participation of any elected official in restricting the ability to vote is shameful.
02-21-2021
Gabriel Barber []
CON
What a complete failure of democracy. The will of the people doesn't mean only the people the party agrees are the people. All people in iowa should be able to vote. No one should be locked out because of a felony or for not having an state issued Id. The people are the people and this bill is entirely undemocratic.
02-21-2021
Charlotte Neises [None]
CON
I strongly oppose ANY changes to the current election process that makes it harder for Americans to exercise their right to vote. These proposed changes do nothing to improve the election process: they are an attempt to disenfranchise voters by making it harder to vote. The election in 2020 saw record numbers of voters turn out. There were few, if any, instances of voter fraud. What is the intent of these changes? It should not be allowed to change the process because a party is unhappy they lost the election. This bill is antivoter and should be rejected as such.
02-21-2021
Lorraine Hackett []
CON
I am writing regarding the Senate Bill SSB1199 regarding voter suppression. Passage of this bill serves to disenfranchise both the elderly and disabled. I am 73 and speaking for myself vote by mail as I have a disability and difficulty standing in line. I have also worked my career in social services and health care, having worked with both older adults and the disabled, and I strongly object to these proposals which put an undue burden on a great many of your constituents.I also need to let you know that I have five nephews in the service, two who have been deployed out of the country. It seems unbelievable that Iowa would approve a bill that makes it more difficult for our servicemen to participate in the democratic process. I will also point out that to shorten the voting time, makes absolutely no sense in this current era when in the past year our mail service has declined greatly.I am asking you to please vote NO on this bill and support free and fair elections in Iowa. Respectfully, Lorraine HackettWest Des Moines, Iowa.
02-21-2021
Mary Mayo []
CON
As a proud Iowa early voter, I am asking you to vote NO on HF 590 & SF 413. Both bills are designed to restrict voting rights which MAKES NO SENSE after the 2020 election in Iowa. There is bipartisan agreement that our election worked well!Why are we not instead finding even MORE ways to make voting easier? It does not make sense in a democracy to be limiting the time frame for early voting, making it harder to receive ballots through the mail or moving people to an inactive list after they fail to vote in the general election. These aspects and so much more are misguided attempts to interfere with a process that HAS WORKED.VOTE NO on HF 590 and SF 413.
02-21-2021
Ike Rayford [Iowa Resident]
CON
It is very disturbing to see that politics is showing its ugly head in the fundamental rights of voting. I believe every county in Iowa has done an appropriate job of elections and the legislation wants to change what is working for the greater number of electors. Why? I ask you to not push this through!
02-21-2021
frank belcastro [n/a]
CON
Voting is a fundamental right. This is voter suppression pure and simple. The GOP doesn't want to listen to Iowans, so they want to shut Iowans up.
02-21-2021
Jack Hackett []
CON
I am writing regarding the Senate Bill SSB1199 regarding voter suppression. Passage of this bill serves to disenfranchise both the elderly and disabled. I am 74 and speaking for myself vote by mail as I have a disability and difficulty standing in line. I have also worked my career in social services and health care, having worked with both older adults and the disabled, and I strongly object to these proposals which put an undue burden on a great many of your constituents.I also need to let you know that I have five nephews in the service, two who have been deployed out of the country. It seems unbelievable that Iowa would approve a bill that makes it more difficult for our servicemen to participate in the democratic process. I will also point out that to shorten the voting time, makes absolutely no sense in this current era when in the past year our mail service has declined greatly.Additionally, in Iowa, last year we had an exceptionally well organized election with record turnout and no organized fraud. Why would we want to change a process that is fair, inclusive and honest. I am asking you to please vote NO on this bill and support free and fair elections in Iowa. Respectfully,Jack HackettWest Des Moines, Iowa.
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02-21-2021
A.J. McBride []
CON
How does this bill make it easier for Iowans to exercise their constitutional duty to vote? How does this bill make the voting process more efficient with shorter voting periods and reduced election staff/funding? How can counties and the State process corrections if necessary when this bill all but eliminates the ability for them to do so? How does this bill uphold the right and guarantee of all citizens of Iowa to vote when it slashes the early voting and absentee request window? How does this bill reflect our belief in Democracy? How does this bill do anything other than to further divide our electorate and continue the partisan divide? This bill is nothing more than an attempt at revenge from a Republican party that is lost and spiteful. What a shame. Be good citizens and remove this bill from consideration. To do anything other is to say and affirm that you do not believe in Democracy.
02-21-2021
Hazel Seaba []
CON
I appose this severe and unnecessary infringement and constriction of voting access. It is being pushed through altogether to quickly and without adequate vetting by Iowan.
02-21-2021
Nelson Kraschel [Private citizen ]
CON
This legislation is not needed. The voting system and administrative rules for elections are adequate and have and do work well. I see no reason to reduce the time to allow requests for absentee ballots . There is little to be gained from requiring counties to report the details of how absentee votes were received. The current processes to notify voters who do not vote in elections that they will be removed from the rolls is quite effective, fair and efficient, and as a result does not need to be changed. Increasing the number of signatures for a person to stand for election only reduces the opportunity for interested and concerned Iowa individuals from appearing on the ballot. Then essentially allowing anyone nominated who is with anonpolitical organization to added to the ballot isJust wrong. Unfortunately,, I see this Bill as a response to the recent election. There were very voting issues in Iowa. For that reason, I see no reason to change the existing legislation.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
A note on opposed to the Bill to revise Voting We should be celebrating the high turnout of Iowa voters in the last election, not making it more challenging for people to vote.No evidence of voter fraud was found in Iowa or of any significance in other states, and Senators like Schultz should not be allowed to make false statements. I think there was an earlier investigation of voter fraud a few years ago and concerns were found with one or two voters.17.5 % of Iowas population is 65 or older. They as well as the rest of the population should enjoy the convenience of voting by mail. Also I object to the proposed restrictions on counties to send out request forms for absentee ballots. (One friend who votes in every election is legally blind and this would create additional challenges for her, and there are many in a similar situation.) Restricting the number of days, the number of and location of drop boxes, restrictions on auditors . . . these are not acceptable. Having options accommodate not only our older population but also Individuals who have to plan around work schedules, childcare and other commitments. One aspect of this bill that seems appropriate is restricting sending out ballots to counties only. It was confusing to receive multiple forms and seems a waste of money. Forms that were partially filled in also seemed unnecessary. Please respect the rights of voters
02-21-2021
Mike Maloney []
CON
I am strongly opposed to this bill and urge House members to reject it. This bill is full of measures that will restrict voting in Iowa at a time we should be encouraging our citizens to make their voices heard. This bill will shorten the early voting window, make it harder to vote by mail and will also deactivate voter registrations. This bill is nothing more than a hammer looking for a bunch of nails. Please reject this bill.
02-21-2021
Carolyn Stephenson []
CON
I oppose HF 590 and SF413. There are no legitimate security reasons to change Iowa's current voting laws. Iowa's 2020 election had the highest citizen participation and did not have voting fraud issues. I'm opposed to the State Auditor having jurisdiction over local county Auditors and usurping local control. I oppose reducing the number of days for absentee voting. I oppose having only one absentee ballot drop box per county. I oppose the proposed new limitations on satellite voting stations. Let's call this what it is: Iowa Republicans passing voter suppression legislation to go along with the national party. Restricting voting rights does not reflect Iowan's values.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I strongly oppose HF 590. This bill is unnecessary and unproductive.
02-21-2021
Mary Catherine Witte []
CON
The standard for developing and promoting any legislation should be: How does it help the citizen of Iowa? Shortening time periods for absentee balloting does not help the rural or disabled or elderly Iowan. It does not help working parents, especially single parents of families. It is an answer in search of a problem. Our 2020 elections were secure and wellhandled. Secretary of State Pate should take a bow. Every county official and volunteer election worker should do so as well. Efforts of the legislature, a Republicancontrolled one at that, to micromanage county and local affairs, and/or to punish rather than educate and assist when there is a problem do not speak well for the conservative or the Iowa way. Do not pass HF590.
02-21-2021
Deborah Coates []
CON
The first question I always ask when confronting any issue is: whats the problem were trying to solve? With regard to this voting bill I feel like you didnt ask this important question so Im asking it nowwhats the problem youre trying to solve? It cant be voter fraud. We know, because its been studied and litigated, that this is not a widespread problem and what youre proposing doesnt address it in any case. It cant be in order to make it easier for eligible and registered Iowans to vote or to promote more Iowans running for office because it clearly does the opposite.This bill gives Iowans less time to vote, makes it harder for them to get a ballot and to return a ballot, punishes auditors for attempting to do what, frankly, the legislature should be doingmake it easier for people to vote. It purges voter rolls too quickly and it does not protect anyones right to vote. It makes it more difficult. The exact opposite of what a legislature elected by the people ought to be striving for. Unless theyre afraid of the very people they were elected to serve.The reason we elect officials to the legislature is to serve the people of Iowa. If they were simply going to serve their own interests, pay back petty grievances and pass legislation designed and proposed by nonIowans, we could do away with them and save a bunch of money. So, again, how does this bill benefit Iowans? How does it make it easier to vote? Encourage more Iowans to vote? Expand our opportunities to have a voice in the governance of this state? How does it make the state as a whole better, stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive? As you know, it doesnt. It doesnt serve the people of Iowa. It doesnt serve the state as a whole. And it is honestly the work of weak legislators who are afraid of their own constituents, constituents who want legislators who care about the issues facing them today. Iowans care about getting vaccines for themselves, for their loved ones and for the essential workers who have kept us going through the last year. They care about staying healthy, about local hospitals and medical care, about worldclass education, and about making life in Iowa better for their children and grandchildren. What are you doing to achieve those things? This is a terrible bill and you know its a terrible bill and youve proposed it anyway. You took an oath to serve the citizens of Iowa. That is what we want you to do. We deserve better.
02-21-2021
Anne Salamon [Citizen]
CON
This is well written out canned legislation from a national Republican group seeking to restrict voting. Iowa had no irregularities reported in the last election. In fact, Republicans did very well so I wonder that they see the need to revamp election processes! Where is the data that supports a need to restrict voting? This bill is not specific to Iowa but rather part of an attempt on a national scale to deter the election of Democrats, on state and national levels. The breakneck speed of this legislation suggests that state Republican legislators realize the inappropriateness of this legislation to Iowa and are hoping to quickly ram it through with little citizen input or thought on the actual necessity of it. This is partisan politics at its worst. Do not support this nonIowan bill.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
I worked the last election. Our computer system verifies one vote for one ID. These are unreasonable barriers to voting.
02-21-2021
David Winterton []
CON
If we want a popularly elected government, we should be working to make it easier to vote. This bill would do the opposite. There is no justification for this legislation other than to appease the fevered imaginations of conservatives who bought the big lie that falsely suggested that there were voting irregularities when there was absolutely no proof that were any significant irregularities. If you want to reassure worried voters, stop telling the lie that there was anything wrong with the election.
02-21-2021
Madonna Nitzke [Iowa Sierra Club]
CON
As an average Iowan voter, I'm disappointed with my State legislature. I'm proud of my State and it's handling of voters rights. Being a retiree I appreciate having an absentee ballot send to me. My motto is "if it isn't broken why screw with it"
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
HF 590 is truly a solution in search of a problem. The 2020 General Election was one of Iowa's most successful elections ever. The number of voters who cast ballots was at a historic level. There was little/no incidence of voter fraud.Voting should be as easy and accessible as possible for all eligible voters. The content of this bill serves to make voting more difficult and to potentially suppress the vote. Shortening the window for early voting, not allowing anyone except a family member or resident of the household to deliver absentee ballots, not allowing county auditors to mail Absentee Ballot Requests, and not allowing prefilled ABRs are all means to make voting more difficultand could suppress the voteparticularly the vote of seniors and individuals with disabilities. I urge legislators to vote "No" on HF 590.
02-21-2021
Lori Hunt [N/A]
CON
Please oppose this bill. In the middle of a pandemic and on the heels of a very successful election now is not the time to engage in bad faith tinkering with our voter laws. We should be taking steps to make it easier to vote. This bill is completely unnecessary and vindictive. It seems like the party in charge is afraid of more people voting. Well, if you keep pushing garbage bills like this and not addressing the needs of Iowans maybe more of them will vote for some real productive change and candidates.
02-21-2021
Joy Smith []
CON
In the 2020 Generall Election in the midst of a pandemic Iowans voted in record numbers with no evidence of voter fraud. Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate expressed satisfaction with the process and results. SF 590 does not address an existing problem. Rather, it will make it much more difficult for Iowans to vote. This is contrary to every principle of sound democratic government and to protecting our freedom. By reducing early voting days and making absentee ballots more difficult to secure, this bill will make it particularly more difficult for older Iowans without transportation, Iowans with disabilities,and Iowans who work more than one job to vote. There is no law that says a citizen must vote in every election, yet this bill punishes a citizen who misses an election by striking their name from the ballot. Every aspect of this bill is an effort to reduce the number of Iowans who vote. This bill is unpatriotic and threatens the rule of law and our freedom. I vehemently oppose SF 590.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This is just an effort to suppress voting by people that Republicans dont want to vote. This foolishness needs to stop.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [self]
CON
Revisions to voting laws are usually in answer to some flaw, fraud or other illegality permitted by current voting laws. Seeing as how elections here in Iowa have been "99 and 44/100 %" above board, and there hasn't been a hint of anyone gaming the system, why "fix" what isn't broken? These proposed changes are nothing more than voter suppression in the guise of "election reform". What does this bill reform? Answer nothing.Reject this covert attempt to disenfranchise Iowa's voting population. Please, vote NO! on HF 590!
02-21-2021
Joe Henry [League of United Latin American Citizens]
CON
I apples the bill and will explain why at the public hearing.
02-21-2021
Amber Stephanie Mohr []
CON
Cutting early voting harms voters who work, who have unstable child care, who are elderly, who can't drive, and many others. THere is no reason to restrict it except to limit who can participate in elections.
02-21-2021
Cindy Ballou [Cindy's ArtBeat, LLC - Art Supplies Retailer]
CON
I am 100% against this voter suppression bill. Everyone should be able to cast a vote as easily as possible, with utmost accessibility. The Help America Vote Act debacle was supposed to help more people vote. It pushed unsafe and easily hacked voting machines on the populace in the name of accessibility and had to be countered by massive civic action to insist on recountable paper receipts. Now,irrationally, or for some nefarious reasons, there are movesmostly initiated by the Republican Partyto make voting LESS accessible. What is the Party afraid of? That the population of the lower working class, which continues growing as the wealth gap increases, will begin to chew away at the power of the corporateowned and supported "government" no longer by and for The People?
02-21-2021
Bob Eckles []
CON
I am concerned that this legislation is being rushed through without due consideration of the full impact on ALL Iowa voters. I would like to provide some observations, make a process recommendation and offer a few additional ideas.
02-21-2021
Mary Nelson []
CON
This bill is unnecessary & will make it more difficult for Iowans to vote. The Iowa SOS has confirmed that voter fraud is not an issue in Iowa. The US prides itself on being a democracy where "we the people" decide elections, yet this bill would make it harder for "we the people" to vote. The US already has one of the lowest voter participation rates among democratic countries; we should be making it easier, not harder, for people to vote. The limitations on who can return an absentee ballot would be especially hard on Iowans who are older or who have a disability. Voters should be able to choose who returns their absentee ballot if they are unable to do so personally & prefer not to trust the mail. It's entirely possible that a voter living alone would not have an immediate family member available to return their ballot. Also, there is no justification for shortening the number of days for requesting an absentee ballot or for voting absentee; other than to make it harder for Iowans to vote. Also, inactivating a voter if they miss one general election will result in eligible voters being removed (& having to request to be reinstated) & will disenfranchise voters. In last year's election (2020 election), 76% of Iowa registered voters participated, which means that 24% did not. This bill would effectively deny them the right to vote in the next election. This would especially disenfranchise younger voters, who are just starting to vote (we should be encouraging younger voters to get involved in the election process, not disenfranchising them); & voters over the age of 50. Prior to inactivating a voter, the county auditor should have to actively determine that they are no longer eligible to vote, or at a minimum, should be required to make multiple active efforts to contact the voter to confirm whether the voter is still eligible to vote.
02-21-2021
Terry Wahls []
CON
The proposed law will create barriers to voting, The right to vote is important means for the citizens. There is zero need to restrict early voting or make the request of absentee ballots more difficult. This law is designed to suppress votes. It should be rejected. We need measures to increase voter participation, not measures to suppress vote paraticipation.
02-21-2021
Maureen Moeller [Potluck Insurgency ]
CON
The blatant suppression attempted to be leveled upon Iowans by this legislation is unwarranted, unforgivable and unpatriotic. Shortening mail in voting and threatening poll workers with several years in jail is fascism at work. In my 64 years as an Iowan I never thought Id see the day where its own state government wants to drag our state to the bottom of the pile. Democracy and the freedom of a fair and balanced election is now being challenged in Iowa. Shame on the GOP leaders of this state and their voter suppression shenanigans.
02-21-2021
Nancy Porter []
CON
This bill is the most suppressive voting bill that Iowa has seen. Our 2020 election was successful because so many people participated. Having the drop boxes and plenty of time to deal with early voting was a success. Why would anyone want to remove those time lines and services? We were top in the nation with 40 early days of voting, about in the middle with 29 days and you want to decrease that opportunity. That is unwise. Supporting people with disabilities is important during voting. Because of a physical disability a mental disability does not necessarily follow. Having family members assist their offspring or parents, allows those who need help to feel the importance of being able to express their opinion by voting. The whole bill is voter suppression. Allow people the right to vote and help them have alternatives. Thank you for your time and energy. Please spend it wisely.
02-21-2021
Jackie Reger []
CON
02-21-2021
Vanessa Phelan [Northwest Des Moines Democrats]
CON
Delivery of absentee ballots was not reliable in Des Moines. In the same household, two different individuals would revive ballots 5 days to a week apart, despite those ballots being mailed on the same day. Cutting down on early voting, absentee ballot voting, and the ability of volunteers to pick up and deliver ballots to the Auditors office would disenfranchise voters in my neighborhood. We take pride in high voter turnout in Iowa; this bill would present unreasonable hurdles for so many votersparticularly those that are home bound.
02-21-2021
Mary Kenyon [Citizen]
CON
I do not support this bill. It will decrease access to voting. There is no reason to do this. Voter fraud is not a problem. Get to work on the REAL issues affecting Iowans!
02-21-2021
Julie Kearney []
CON
This bill is pure voter suppression. How many citizens are lining up asking you to limit their rights to vote? Please vote against this bill that fundamentally interferes with the rights of legal voters to cast their votes.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [uiowa instructor]
CON
Absolutely shameful to further suppress working Iowans. Give us a statewide holiday, restore voting rights to incarcerated individuals. Shame on this bill, its authors, and their enablers.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-21-2021
Alan Fiszman [community organizer ]
CON
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
When we first moved to Iowa, the state impressed us as always playing fair just like the sports teams, This state is being destroyed by vicious partisans.
02-21-2021
Bob Fritzmeier [Sierra Club Northwest Iowa Group]
CON
I vehementtly oppose this bill because ,, if it would be enacted,, it would bring about nothing but voter suppression. It would disenfranchise persons of color and persons who are poor. It would enable legislators who oppose environmental progress to block further progress.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
When all Iowa counties plus the Secretary of State have all stated there was practically no voter fraud in the 2020 election, there is no legitimate reason to make it harder for Iowans to vote.All you have to do is a quick search of "2021 Republican Voter Suppression Laws" and you will find a number of articles on this subject. This isn't just Iowa making some tweaks, this is part of a nationwide attempt at voter suppression. The goal of voter suppression is to keep republican's in power. NOT to make the election more secure, NOT to ensure uniform election procedures, NOT to uphold the integrity of elections, NOT to "reduce annoying calls", etc. etc. But to legally "steal" the election.As a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice states, Rather than going out and trying to persuade voters, were seeing legislators trying to shrink the electorate in order to ensure job security for themselves.These changes should not pass now or ever.
02-21-2021
Mary K Hoefer []
CON
I am confused about why Republicans want to keep people from voting. That is the only purpose I can think of to pass this bill. Why shorten the time to submit absentee ballots? It makes no sense other than to make it harder to vote. And I'm extremely concerned about the requirement that you get kicked the roles if you forget to vote even once!!! That does not serve democracy! Many people don't vote in every election. Some people only vote in presidential elections. Sometimes people are out of town or sick, and miss an election without paying attention, and under this bill they will be turned away when they show up at the polls the next time. I am also concerned about the punishments for auditors who push for broader interpretations of the law or to challenge laws to allow more access to voters. I am proud of our democracy. Both my parents were lifelong Republicans and they believed that EVERYONE should have an opportunity to vote. Why are the current Republicans trying to take away those opportunities?
02-21-2021
Elizabeth Wearin []
CON
There is no problem with the current election process in Iowa.Voter suppression is not American. Please do not support HF 590.
02-21-2021
Gretchen Eastman [Native Iowan and Voter]
CON
These restrictions may disenfranchise voters, especially the elderly, college students that go to school outside of Iowa, and persons with special needs. My 83yearold father, a lifelong Republican, voted absentee for the first time in last summer's June primary due to COVID. He forgot to sign his ballot when he sent it in. The auditor sent the ballot back and my father was able to sign his ballot and return it. If the 18day absentee voting period had been in place, my father's vote would not have been counted because it took longer than 18 days for the ballot correction process to occur.The Iowa legislature should be looking at ways to make voting accessible to all eligible Iowa voters, not looking for ways to restrict it. 77% of all registered voters in Iowa participated in the 2020 general election in large part because they utilized a variety of absentee, satellite, and election day options. We should be building on that success, not undermining it.
02-21-2021
Jenn Anderson []
CON
I strongly oppose hf590 and its efforts to suppress Iowans' voting rights. No concerns with voter fraud have been identified outside of the ludicrous lies espoused by Trump and his backers. The Republicans that are pushing this bill are nothing more than echo chambers for these lies. Every part of this bill is an attack on the voting mechanisms historically used by more democratic voters. This bill has been identified as one of the 4 worst right now by the Democracy Docket who helped to overturn 64 frivolous lawsuits post election so they know what voter suppression looks like. This bill is opposed by all 99 County auditors who are much wiser and more experienced in the areas of voting so why not listen to them instead of Trump!
02-21-2021
Gregg McPherson []
CON
Our goal should be to make it easier for every American citizen to vote. Why would any American want to make it harder for citizens to vote? What could the motivation be of lawmakers who look to shape the electorate through laws that restrict voting?
02-21-2021
Katie McDermott [None]
CON
I do not support this bill. It will decrease access to voting. There is no reason to do this, other than to purposely suppress the votes and voices of Iowans. This is not the type of action that makes any of us proud to be Iowans, no matter what party affiliation. Do not pass this bill. Do not bow down to cheap tactics to maintain power. We all see right through it.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
The Iowa Secretary of State's study verified that voter fraud IS NOT occurring in Iowa. What rationale is there for this bill if fraud is not occurring?
02-21-2021
Chris Adcock []
CON
Voting should be the easiest thing an Iowan does to protect themselves, family, and community. Stop building unnecessary hurdles.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I don't recognize the Iowa I was also so proud of. It seems like our legislature wants to discourage voting by making it more difficult along with cutting funding for education in a state where residents took pride in wonderful public schools. The voting bill impacts the elderly, working parents, those with unusual hours, people who travel during election season, people impacted by weather particularly in rural areas. The message being sent by this bill is that you are afraid to have ALL IOWANS vote. We all pay taxes so it should be a goal to make sure that all voices are heard.
02-21-2021
Maureen Lyons []
CON
I am opposed to shortening the early voting period. The period was already shortened from 40 days. Early voting and absentee voting works well for us in the senior age category and I am opposed to limiting the parameters of voting. Iowa has been known for making it easy for its citizens to vote so lets keep it that way!
02-21-2021
Patricia Welch []
CON
Reading the comments on this bill, one can see that an overwhelming number oppose it. All but four see it as a solution looking for a problem. Fraud is not alleged. A record number of Iowans voted. HF590 is clearly a way to suppress voting, not to "improve" it. Many speak of the personal hardship it would cause them or their family members if the time for absentee voting were to be shortened. Voters may have disability issues or be worried about the pandemic. So why are the Republicans pushing this? Several say they want to spare us a long season of annoying campaign ads. (Really? Then work to repeal the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that corporations are people.) This bill would lengthen, not shorten, campaigning. The real reason is that the Republicans want to hold on to power. Let's see if they ignore the commonsense comments of Iowans just as they ignore our real needs everyday and pass their misbegotten bill anyway. LET THE PEOPLE VOTE.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [Taxpayer, citizen, parent ]
CON
In America, we should encourage participation and make it easier for the community to vote. Election Day should be a holiday. Even then, due to work, health issues, or safety concerns, not everyone can participate if the proposed constraints are allowed to become law. Plus the issues with the mail last year should cause us to pause and reflect on making voting more accessible.
02-21-2021
Ross Eveland []
CON
Shame on you all for consideration on making it more difficult for Iowans to vote. Our goal should be to have the highest possible turnout possible. There are an infinite number of reasons why extending absentee voting would be a positive, not shortening it. Making it more difficult to return a ballot is also unamerican and not Iowa nice. Im not a gambling man, but Id put money down that the only reason to make it more difficult for people to vote is to get your agenda passed. I really like the idea of making it more difficult to vote because i would hate for the will of the people to really happen. Only people like Brad Zaun, who brings a gun to an airport deaervw to vote. Screw that single mom with no car in Roland ,Iowa that will be unable to turn in a ballot easily. Screw grandma in Sac City that is shut in. Screw the family thats wife or husband works on the road or that truck driver thats gone 6 weeks at a time. In reality, we should really just make voting on Election Day the only option , and those hours should be between 95. Screw everyone else hat has a non traditional life. Republicans, you should already be ashamed of yourselves. Democrats, if you support making it more difficult to vote, you should change your party affiliation because you will never be elected again.Vote is a right of all people and in reality, we should be able to vote whenever and however we want.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Iowa's election system just underwent a thorough stress test and performed admirably. The election did reveal real issues that could be addressed, like our underfunded election infrastructure and our inconsistent recount procedures, but this bill does not address those real issues. Instead it attacks home rule, seeks to punish the auditors who made our election a success, and restricts voting conveniences under the fiction that they pertain to election security. It is an act of either blatant bad faith or monumental incompetence and should not pass.
02-21-2021
Judi Kaut []
CON
The only reason one party wants to suppress votes is because that party thinks they cant win in a fair election. How sad and pathetic. Youre not fooling anyone, Iowa GOP. Literally no one buys what youre selling. The only people who are pro are other scared Republicans. If you have such great policy ideas, put them forward. Ask yourselves why people arent flocking to your candidates.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
Absentee ballots help all Iowans to be able to vote. To limit them would be voter suppression. Many people don't have the ability to take time off of work to go and stand in line to vote.Also, if there was a global pandemic going on or something, it would be nice to have the option to vote from home. In order to make it easier for more people to vote, we could send everyone a reminder of how to apply for an absentee ballot. If they don't want to do it, they don't have to. Why are any of these changes necessary? Why does it make any difference at all? 29 days cut to 18, etc etc. It's almost as if you just don't want people to vote easily via absentee ballot. Why would that be? Why are we trying to make it harder to elect different people to office?Instead of messing with our elections, focus on vaccinating people!!!!
02-21-2021
Carole Deeds []
PRO
I will be unable to attend so cannot speak. If I understand correctly, there is no mention of the following in the bills:a. No requirement for citizenship verification.b. No prohibition of private funding with penalty if a private entity attempts this funding.c. Banning of voter information on absentee ballots sent.I support the shortened early voting; restriction on ballot drop boxes and requirement to only have authorized personnel collect from the boxes four times per day; voter list maintenance.And would like to see extension improvement for the integrity of all voting machines.
02-21-2021
Cheryl Kardell [Boutique Owner]
CON
So after all the hard work Iowans did in increasing registrations in Iowa. After everything Paul Pate did to not only promote engagement, but secured our elections and promoted vote by mail profusely and ran one of the most secure and smoothly run elections in Iowa's history. After RECORD turnout, including among your own party, the GOP is going to now punish those voters for engaging in democracy by making it harder to vote? What sense does that make? You won't just be discouraging Democratic voters, but affect your own turnout as well. That seems counterproductive and just out right mean. It's awfully damned telling how terrified you are of voters. And it's obvious how much the Iowa GOP hates Iowa and All Iowans. You're hurting your own cause. It's just disgraceful and disrespectful of all the work Iowans put into voting 20182020.
02-21-2021
Linda Gravenish []
CON
I am not in favor of any changes to the voting process that is working successfully now. The 2020 Presidential election process worked amazing.
02-21-2021
Alan Kay []
CON
Why is there any need for this bill when you have no evidence for voting fraud in Iowa? As legislators you should be making every effort to make voting easier, rather than putting in place legislation that will make it more difficult. Shame on you for this attempt to suppressthe vote.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This bill is frankly embarrassing. Not only is there not evidence that supports its assumptions, if enacted the restrictions would damage the ability for thousands of Iowans from voting. If we are a democratic republic, we must not infringe the ability to participate in the democratic part of that description. Further, Iowans are better than this nonsense. When did we start believing in this win at all costs insanity? I used to be proud of the stances that came from this state. With the current slate of bills, including this one, it feels like Im living in Georgia or something. And I dont want to live in Georgia; I want to live in Iowa. Please vote like Iowans.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am writing in opposition of hf590. It seems this bill is being rushed through without adequate notice. If you think I'm joking, look at how Republicans handled collective bargaining or the privatization of Medicaid. These bills were rammed through in a similar fashion and have been of no benefit to our state. Republicans are trying to fix issues which aren't there and they know it so that's why they rush to avoid public scrutiny. Our Sec of state found no issues with election integrity in Iowa, so this is a worthless bill that does nothing but hurt voters.
02-21-2021
Nicolette Theodore-Moad []
CON
HF 590 is an unnecessary and offensive bill to all Iowans, but especially our elderly and special needs populations. How many constituents actually asked for this bill? From the current comments I have seen, not very many. There is no evidence of voter fraud in Iowa so why would we create something for a nonexistent problem? Listen to your constituents and start putting together some bills that would actually help the people of Iowa.
02-21-2021
Lindsey Fonkert []
CON
I do not support this voting bill. We should be encouraging more voter turn out, not less. The length of time allowed for mail in voting has already been reshortened in recent years. Why the need for even more voter suppression? County auditors have a challenging enough job as it is.why make it harder for them? What is our state afraid of by allowing people to vote?
02-21-2021
Jennifer Jones []
CON
The Iowa Secretary of State's own study confirmed that voter fraud is not occurring in Iowa. The only reason to shorten Iowans' access to voting is disenfranchisement by the majority party. Iowa voters deserve a larger early voting window. The is what people try when they cant get away with gerrymandering.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [Salutation]
CON
we need more open/easy access to election process not suppressed access as this bill does
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
As a senior citizen living in western Iowa, I know that the bill you are proposing would make it much harder for my husband and I to vote. The current system works very well for us, and our friends. To make it harder to vote is against every principle the founding fathers envisioned for our country. It is clearly apparent to all voters in this state that the change in voting regulations is an attempt at voter restriction. Do not change the current laws. It is very important to keep it as easy as possible for all citizens to vote.
02-21-2021
Lisa Mellecker []
CON
The only reason to limit access to absentee ballots, early voting, etc is to suppress fair representation. It should be our goal to hear from all Iowans, not only those with the means to jump through certain hoops. We need to be passing legislation to increase voter turnout, not reduce it.
02-21-2021
MELODY ANNETTE HOBERT-MELLECKER []
CON
This bill serves no purpose but to make it more difficult for people to vote. It is a blatant abuse of power by the Republican party to disenfranchise as many people as possible, to discourage as many people as possible from participating in the election process.
02-21-2021
Blake Rozendaal [none]
CON
I oppose this bill because it will make it more difficult for people to vote and maintain their active voter registration. As a precinct election official for the 2020 general election, I know if this was in place, there would have been several people denied their right to vote based on the voter roll maintenance requirements of voting in every general election. No one should be forced to vote in every election to maintain their registration. If they are properly registered, a voter's registration should be maintained.Shortening the window to request an absentee ballot, return ballots, and early vote will make it more difficult for older Iowans, low income Iowans, parents of young children, and many others to vote the way they find it most accessible.This bill should instead be making voting absentee more accessible and providing funding for voter education so all eligible Iowans understand how to exercise their right to vote.
02-21-2021
Leslie Carpenter [Citizen]
CON
I am strongly opposed to this bill and any bill that needlessly limits voting. What question is this bill trying to answer? I say it's clearly voter suppression because it makes voting harder with NO benefit. Why else would we limit getting an absentee ballot and make it harder to return or cancel voters who miss a single election. There is NO evidence of voter fraud. Republican statements to the contrary saying they are fighting for voting integrity sound so patriotic but do NOT make it factual. Show us the data that justifies how making it harder to vote by mail during a pandemic increases the integrity of the system as opposed to just making it much harder to vote. Rep Kaufman replied to my email opposing this bill which I said had the effect of voter suppression stating " this is an absurd and deadwrong analysis of the bill" . Facts matter and that statement is false. My father defended our right to vote flying bombing missions in World War 2. No question this bill would have made it harder for him to vote in his older years. He'd be appalled by what you're doing in the name of democracy. As am I.
02-21-2021
Susan Enzle []
CON
RE: HF 590I am writing in opposition to HF 590.I cannot find a single proposal in HF 590 that would improve Iowas present voting system. Instead, the bill tries to fix things that do not need fixing, such as the length of time for early voting; selection of satellite voting sites; and moving voters to inactive status.Rationalizations do not make any sense, such as shortening the time frame for absentee voting will shorten the time a voter has to endure the campaign. Huh? If a voter wants to move beyond an election sooner than later, the voter should vote as early as possible, which would require a longer time frame for absentee voting. Once a voter votes, the voter is removed from all those annoying call and text lists that are targeted at getting out the vote. Furthermore, constraining absentee voting is quite contrary to what voters demonstrated that they valued in 2020 when they voted in larger numbers than ever before and chose absentee voting as their preferred method to vote!What was revealed clearly in our last General Election in November 2020 is that there is a real problem that you could resolve with legislation. That is, to establish uniform procedures for counting ballots, e.g., how to determine if a ballot should be counted, how to do a recount if needed and other procedures to address the issues raised by the Second Congressional Districts disputed outcome.Finally, this bill has been shoved through our legislature so quickly that it makes one wonder if its proponents fear that if there were time for the bill to undergo fuller scrutiny by Iowans, they would oppose it, too. Sincerely,Susan Enzle
02-21-2021
Tracey Till []
CON
Coming off our most successful voter turn out partly due to the ability to vote early, why would you change the rules? Why fix what isn't broken? This bill comes down to voter suppression! We should be encouraging Iowans to vote, not making it more difficult, especially when there has been no evidence of voter fraud. Please vote no on HF590. Thank you!
02-21-2021
lester v winegarden [none]
CON
The great state of Iowa just had general election with no evidence of voter fraud. In fact, I believe the republications did rather well. They maintained both housed in Iowa and reelected a Republican senator and 2 new Republican congress women. Why the waste time trying to fixsomething that isn't broken. You should be working on issues that will make life better in Iowa. This is a democracy and everyone should have equal access to vote. We should be making it easier to vote not harder. What are you afraid of. Stop trying to suppress the vote.
02-21-2021
Gaylen Wobeter []
CON
This bill is against the basic premise behind democracy, and that is to have as many citizens as possible vote. Our election process was never better than in 2020 when a record number of Iowans voted in spite of the pandemic. All of the changes that are in HF590 will make it more difficult to vote. It seems revenge is being taken upon county auditors, all 99 of whom worked hard to conduct free and fair elections, and to make voing more accessible. I am ashamed to be a citizen of a state where such a bill would be proposed.
02-21-2021
James Loehrlein []
CON
Please do not support this bill.I understand that if I miss an election cycle for any reason, I will need to register to vote in future elections.I believe this along with shortening the absentee ballot period would be a barrier to getting Iowans out to vote.
02-21-2021
Melanie Tietz []
CON
Although it will matter little what any of your constituents say, I urge you to reject this bill. We all know there are no major voting issues or problems in Iowa. This bill is simply an attempt by Republicans to maintain their grip on IA by making it harder to vote. You guys truly are the party of oppression and dishonesty.
02-21-2021
Michelle Moore []
CON
We have no issues with voter fraud. Iowa elections have always been safe and have never been questioned before. I have a hard time wondering why we are taking voter right away and making it harder to vote except to undermine the confidence of Iowans and Americans in voting. This partisan issue needs to stop! Stop taking Iowa back 50 years with these crazy bills you are putting out. It is not good for anyone. I
02-21-2021
Sydney Devine []
CON
We need to move towards anti corruption in Iowa. Encouraging democracy requires removing barriers to voting. The more people that vote the better we will have made our state one that allows constituents to fulfill their civic duty.Everyone deserves to have their legal vote counted and this bill will instead disenfranchise citizens.This will likely have some of the largest adverse impacts on veterans, people with convictions, and communities of color. Studies on this bills impact should be conducted to know the full extent of who it will disenfranchise, before any chamber considers passing it the fact its moving so quickly is a testament to everyone wanting to make sure they do not lose power.Passing this bill will make it harder to flips seats in Iowa, including voting out Senators like Nate Boulton who have sexual abuse allegations levied at him that he has not apologized for. It will make it harder to get voices that will actually condemn him. This is bad for everyone.
02-21-2021
Kate Cowles []
CON
The 2020 election in Iowa worked smoothly and safely. There were no complaints about fraud. Please don't change what works well and enables Iowans to exercise their right to vote.
02-21-2021
Molly McDonell [None]
CON
For us to be a true democracy, we cannot make access to voting more difficult.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
As a citizen who has voted by mail for the last 10+ years I am opposed to additional restrictions this bill would place on voters in Iowa. We should be making it easier, not harder for Iowans to vote. With no evidence of fraud in the state this bill serves no purpose other than to suppress the vote of more vulnerable Iowans. I am sure I will not vote for anyone who supports this bill.
02-21-2021
Joe Chambers []
CON
Why would we make it harder for Iowans to vote? Our voter turnout in 2020 was among the highest in the country. We can be proud that voter fraud is virtually nonexistent in Iowa. Voting is a constitutional right essential for democracy to function. We are "fixing" a system that is not broken. But this "fix" will end up preventing people from voting.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [The University of Iowa]
CON
I see no reason for our representatives to be spending time trying to make voting more difficult and more stressful for Iowa voters. Representative Bobby Kaufmann supports this bill and stated that we've had very successful elections in 2018 and 2020. If this is true, how does making it harder to cast an absentee ballot make any sense?
02-21-2021
Robert A Elsbury [retired]
CON
Don't put any more restrictions on absentee voting.
02-21-2021
Martha Fifield []
CON
Voting is the foundation of democracy. It should be encouraged, not suppressed. The unprecedented numbers of voters for the 2020 elections proved that voters are eager to take advantage of their right to vote if it is made more readily available to them. By all legitimate accounts, voter fraud was nearly nonexistent. Expanded early and absentee voting makes voting possible for the elderly, parents of small children, and anyone who works long hours. It is not red or blue. It is for everyone. Please reject HF 590.
02-21-2021
Marie Larchick [Lifelong Iowan ]
CON
As a lifelong Iowan, I am strongly opposed to the bill; HF 590. This bill is not necessary. The Iowa Legislature should be doing more to encourage voting and citizen participation in our elections. There is NOT a voter fraud problem in our state, or any state for that matter. It is a manufactured conspiracy. In the midst of a serious pandemic, auditors across our state conducted a fair, legal election. County auditors across our state are opposed to this onerous, unnecessary bill. This proves it is merely a voter suppression bill. Do not move this bill forward. It is an obstruction to our participation in the Democracy of our state and our Country.
02-21-2021
Tony Wobeter [ ]
CON
American is a Country of that achieved it's status as the greatest Democracy in the world. Our Country achieved it's status with a government of the People, for the People, and the basic rights of each American are to be preserved whether elderly, or in a nursing home, or black or brown or white. Protect the RIGHTS of ALL AMERICANS.Do not hinder anyone American Individual from exercising there right to Vote in any election. Do not put barriers up to prevent each person from exercising their right to vote. Stop playing games with our Democratic Rights allow absentee balloting with reasonable time to mail their vote for their chosen elected officials!
02-21-2021
Joanna Sinnwell []
CON
We just moved here from Colorado. I am horrified by the Draconian nature of these proposed changes to voting laws. Coming from a place where ALL politicians made it EASIER for people to votewith few, if any, irregularities or fraudits unbelievable to me that you are trying to make it harder. As an older person, I want to vote by mail. Your changes will make that harder for me. Its clear what you are trying to do. Shame on you.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [Abbott ]
CON
02-21-2021
Allison Engel []
CON
When all 99 county auditors come out against a bill having to do with voting, thats a clear sign its a bad bill. Criminalizing public servants for honest mistakes is wrong. The auditors did a stellar job last fall handling a record number of voters during a pandemic. They deserve praise not this clear attempt to suppress turnout and damage our democracy.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I oppose this bill, the only goal is to make voting more difficult for Iowans. We should be striving to make voting both secure and as easy as possible. I was proud to see how Iowa handled the 2020 election by making it more available and secure; I don't see how this bill would make it more secure or more accessible to all Iowans.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [League of Women Voters Johnson County- Iowa]
CON
RE: HF 590I am writing in opposition to HF 590.I cannot find a single proposal in HF 590 that would improve Iowas present voting system. Instead, the bill tries to fix things that do not need fixing, such as the length of time for early voting; selection of satellite voting sites; and moving voters to inactive status. Rationalizations do not make any sense, such as shortening the time frame for absentee voting will shorten the time a voter has to endure the campaign. Huh? If a voter wants to move beyond an election sooner than later, the voter should vote as early as possible, which would require a longer time frame for absentee voting. Once a voter votes, the voter is removed from all those annoying call and text lists that are targeted at getting out the vote. Furthermore, constraining absentee voting is quite contrary to what voters demonstrated that they valued in 2020 when they voted in larger numbers than ever before and chose absentee voting as their preferred method to vote!What was revealed clearly in our last General Election in November 2020 is that there is a real problem that you could resolve with legislation. That is, to establish uniform procedures for counting ballots, e.g., how to determine if a ballot should be counted, how to do a recount if needed and other procedures to address the issues raised by the Second Congressional Districts disputed outcome.Finally, this bill has been shoved through our legislature so quickly that it makes one wonder if its proponents fear that if there were time for the bill to undergo fuller scrutiny by Iowans, they would oppose it, too. Sincerely,Susan Enzle
02-21-2021
Jim Trepka []
CON
The USA needs to increase voter turn out. We need to be a beacon of democracy to the world. This bill discourages voting. It helps to make Iowa look weak to the country and in turn it makes the USA look weak to the world. Only an unpatriotic individual would vote for this bill!!!
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Voting is a wonderful freedom we have and I dont believe it should have more restrictions and steps to the process. Voting should be accessible to everyone and not be more complicated.
02-21-2021
Joy Peterson []
CON
It seems this is a solution in search of a problem. I have read many county auditors words about this making restrictions and unnecessary challenges for voters. As an elder myself I have been very grateful for early voting. There have been no significant or even small issues of voter irregularities that would make this a reasonable law. Instead, this seems to punish voters.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
This is clearly a bill that will make it harder for young adults, elderly, business travelers, etc to vote. Also, If someone only votes in Presidential elections then this bill will require that individual to register every time. Voting is a personal choice and thats not for anyone else to decide. This bill will force people to vote in general and state elections which in turn will require more Democrats to vote when they may not want to. I suppose this will lead to more Democrats being voted into our state government.
02-21-2021
Jane Nesmith []
CON
There is no need for this bill. Iowa's Secretary of State found that fraud did not occur in our elections. We should make it easier for more people to participate in democracy (more dropboxes, absentee ballot request forms mailed out), not more difficult.
02-21-2021
Sarah Enochs []
CON
There are so many things wrong with this billFirst, you are promoting a lie. Iowa's election was just fine. They only valid issue I saw was not counting 20+ legal votes after people were told they would be counted. Second, not allowing someone to help another individual complete their ballot who may have a durability or vision issue is ridiculous! My gma had sight problems & we would need to assist her with paperwork all the time. She was a registered viewer & resident for 85 years!And third, the state legislature should not have any power in dictating when ballots can be mailed out! I should be able to request from my election rep w/o you! You are interfering with Iowa's election process which has worked all this time & you are just power hungry. Do not promote the big lie anymore!
02-21-2021
Scott Busche []
CON
Making it harder to vote makes no sense.
02-21-2021
Tricia Stiles []
CON
I am against this bill,. Our legislature should be more concerned with helping fund our public schools, helping to provide covid relief to Iowans, and not be trying to restrict people from voting.
02-21-2021
Susan Bryant []
CON
The right to vote is the basis for our democracy, that people have the right to govern themselves through the voting process. This bill would impinge on our right to govern ourselves by creating unnecessary and nonadvantageous impediments to the ability to cast a vote. Voting success should be measured by the number of votes cast, not on how many votes are prevented. Given that metric of votes cast, this bill would result in elections with an increasing failure rate and governance by a diminished electorate.Iowans deserve to have their vote protected and not to be disenfranchised by those for whom they voted.
02-21-2021
Vicki Aden []
CON
I oppose this legislation and ask the legislators to do the same. Ostensibly, this legislation is intended to reduce voter fraud a condition that does not exist in Iowa. The effect of this legislation will be to make it much more difficult for Iowans to exercise their right to vote. The shortening of the the absentee ballot period from 29 to 18 days is especially onerous there will be no time for any mistakes to be corrected, and if you are out of state or out of the country it will be nearly impossible to cast your vote. Moving people to an inactive list after missing one general election is clearly an attempt to make it difficult for people to maintain their voter registration (one more hoop to jump through). The changes to penalize county auditors for developing creative solutions to ensure everyone can vote seem particularly petty and vindictive, especially since this is part of the reason we elect them. This legislation attempts to limit the ability of Iowans to exercise their right to vote and participate in our democracy. Our lawmakers should be encouraging voter participation, not making it more difficult. This bill is unnecessary and should be opposed.
02-21-2021
Jim Young []
CON
As Americans, our greatest responsibility is to participate in our democracy. The right to vote is the way we are able to practice this responsibility.It concerns me that this legislation is about making it harder for Iowan's to vote and participate in the democracy. Reducing the number of days to vote by absentee ballots was done from 40 to 29 a few years ago. To make the number of days even less, makes it harder for elderly, handicapped, voters who travel for work or vacation, and many other reasons why people request absentee ballots, to cast their ballots.County Auditors are speaking up against this legislation for many reasons. They along with the Secretary of State ensure that the ballots are sent out, received, and then counted with the utmost security. To allege any fraud in the 2020 election is to undermine the integrity the elected county auditors and our Secretary of State. When groups provide filled in absentee ballot requests, it assists many voters in filling the form out correctly. In 2020, to ensure the safety of voters casting ballots in person for the Iowa Primary and the November General election during the pandemic, County Auditors and the Secretary of State provided absentee ballot forms. The 2020 election in November saw an incredible rate of voter participation for both parties. Why should we change the rules for voting early by absentee ballots? It is clear that this piece of legislation is being brought to Iowa by outside groups providing "model language" that is being seen across the country. The premise is clear, this legislation is about voter suppression. It is targeting ways that Iowans actively participate in elections across the state. Voting in person is not convenient for many Iowans for many reasons from work and travel schedules, family schedules, disabilities, limited access to transportation, etc. Iowa needs to maintain all of the possible ways that voters are cast their ballots. Restricting voter participation in Iowa, and across the country, is unfair and unjust. It is shameful that our legislature is even rushing through this piece of legislation. It is another example of legislation that is unnecessary and part of the agenda to restrict the rights of Iowan.VOTE NO on this and any other legislation that changes Iowa's voting laws. Our County Auditors and Secretary of State should not be constantly dealing with changes in the laws surrounding access to the opportunity to vote.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I oppose this bill because I believe everyones voice should be heard, especially at the voting polls. Voting should not be difficult and suppressing peoples right to vote is wrong. People should be allowed to vote in whichever election they want and should not be punished for missing an election.
02-21-2021
Gerene Denning []
CON
This bill is an egregious partisan assault on democracy and voters in our state. Every aspect of it is designed to make it harder for Iowans to vote. It clearly indicates that voter suppression is among the top Republican priorities in Iowa. It also demonstrates that Republican legislators who support this are even willing to hurt their own voters with the hope that more Democratic voters than Republican ones will be impacted. But be careful what you wish for. In other states, voter suppression efforts have energized the electorate to vote against the suppressors. Iowans are no different from the citizens of these states. Like them, we cherish our right to vote and the stronger your efforts are to violate that right the greater will be our fight to protect them. Iowans who respect their fellow citizens will make sure that we do all that we can to help people vote and if this bill passes, we will repeatedly remind Iowans that it was the Republicans who stood as opponents of democracy.
02-21-2021
Tom Kinn [ NA]
CON
The only considerations which should be brought forward are those making the exercise of voting rights to be easier. The Bill, as it stands, does not support democracy, but hinders it. It should be completely rejected.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This bill will make it more difficult for Iowans to vote by restricting access to the ballot box. In no way does it protect our right to vote.
02-21-2021
David Lybarger []
CON
I think that what the GOP is trying to do to suppress voters, making it harder to vote, is despicable. the fact that we have legislators who believe the lies about supposed voter fraud i8s reprehensable. So sad.
02-21-2021
Kevin Krumvieda []
CON
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02-21-2021
Tracy Meginnis []
CON
I strongly oppose this bill and its efforts to limit options and accessibility for Iowa voters. This proposal needlessly shrinks the window for Iowans to fairly, legally, and safely vote early, and creates logistical hurdles for all voters by overzealously inactivating voters from the rolls. Iowa has no problems with its current early voting rules and procedures. Making it harder to vote is always the wrong call.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This is an outrage. There is absolutely no need for this bill. Ill be real interested to hear how you vote into law a bill that EVERY County Auditor in the state opposes.
02-21-2021
Shawna Carolan []
CON
02-21-2021
Anonymous [Citizen]
CON
I urge you to vote against HF590. It is an attempt to suppress the vote of legal citizens. In a democracy, we should be working to make voting easier, not more difficult, in an effort to ensure everyone's voices are heard. This bill disproportionally affects individuals who work lower wage jobs and atypical hours. Their voices matter in elections too. A political party can not simply change The "rules" just to ensure a victory. We don't allow that in board games or in athletic contests, and we certainly shouldn't allow that in our elections.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
This is the propaganda republican led states are using to keep the lies of a fraudulent election swirling. Georgia & Arizona are also trying to pass similar suppression laws. Our entire state should be frightened of what this is proposing. It is a VOTER SUPPRESSION LAW. Nothing more. Shame on the Iowa representatives using lies & misinformation to bulldoze more appalling laws through our Statehouse.
02-21-2021
Richard Fischer [Dubuqoe Dempcratic Socalist ]
CON
I am a senior citizen. I liked that I could receive a ballot requestform that was partly filled out. As I et older my handwriting is harder to read and the less I have to write the better for me and for those who have to decipher it. I am opposed to any reduction in current absentee ballot time or collection mandates. The 2020 election in Iowa went smoothly. Why tamper with it? Defeat the entire bill.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
PRO
02-21-2021
David Bauerly [none]
CON
My wife and I vote by mail every year. We have ever since it was implemented. At 68 yrs of age, I have never missed a senate, governor, or presidential election in 50 years. The proposed changes seem ridiculous in light of how successful and transparent the last election was. We need greater voter access not less.Do not restrict voter access. There are virtually no reports of illegal voting. Every Iowan should have easy access to vote. It is a right we should never infringe on.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
PRO
02-21-2021
Margaret R. Ketterer []
CON
I STRONGLY OPPOSE this bill and urge all legislators to vote it down immediately. All of you, regardless of political affiliation, should want to ENCOURAGE the act of voting and make it as safe and as easy as possible. The turnout for our 2020 elections was a brilliant demonstration of our democracy, especially in the face of the current publichealth emergency. The provisions of this bill serve the interests only of those who wish to disenfranchise working people and anyone who faces difficulties getting to a polling place due to health, disability, family responsibilities, or lack of transportation.This is a terrible, meanspirited piece of legislation. Vote it down NOW.
02-21-2021
Jan Libbey [concerned citizen]
CON
I urge the Iowa House to reject HF590.I helped at the Kanawha polling site last Nov. for the first time ever and I can vouch for how hard our Auditor and the volunteers worked to assure safe access to everyone who wanted to voteincluding curbside voting. Again and again the 2020 elections have been accused for being fraudulent. Persistently those charges have fallen flat. Leaders of many stripes have confirmed that the 2020 election was among the most secure and drew the greatest participation.We ought to be proud of this accomplishment.Republican leaders appeared on "Iowa Press" just a couple of weeks ago noting the success of the elections. They mentioned the SE Iowa Congressional district race that rested on some concern about the length of time allowed to count votes,but little else. Where has this attack on length of time to vote, access to absentee ballots, and micromanaging of county auditors coming from? HF 590 sends a shameful message of mistrusting the voters and our election officials. Its reasoning is based on twisted interpretations.Support Iowa and the future of our voting system by rejecting HF 590.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
In light of little to no voter fraud during the recent election even with high turnout these changes seem to be aimed at restricting peoples ability to vote. And to make the job of auditors unnecessarily difficult; to the point of discouraging people to run for these roles in fear or making a mistake and losing their job and/or being prosecuted. There is no credible evidence to support the need for these changes therefore it seems to be an attempt at voter suppression by a party afraid of fair and democratic elections.
02-21-2021
Sally Strang []
CON
This bill will hurt us all but likely Republicans more than Democrats. This election turned out more votes for Republicans than ever. Dont you realize that voter suppression hurts both parties? You won everything with the rules that are in place now. Why make it harder for your own party to vote? We have no voter fraud in this state. Why arent you proud of that?
02-21-2021
Hannah G Doerge [N/A]
CON
This bill will make voting more difficult for all Iowans. It's premise of preventing virtually non existant voter fraud is laughably transparent. Its attempt to further surpress already disenfranchised voters is sickening. If you're that afraid of losing elections, maybe try promoting better policies instead of attempting to hamstring democracy.
02-21-2021
Jean Beisler []
CON
Iowa just had a huge majority of eligible voters vote in the last election, the most ever. Democracy of the people is a participatory process that should be made as simple as possible, as easy as possible, as accessible as possible. Why would we change what worked so well in this last election. People should not have to stand in long lines for hours to participate in this most important action one can take in our democracy. Requests for absentee ballots should be sent to all registered voters. If a voter misses an election or two or three, they should. not be removed from the rolls. The present proposals will not shorten the electioneering and will not stop phone calls to voters. Instead we should be making voter registration easier (tied to driver license) and be making voter in any election easier.Thank you. Jean Beisler
02-21-2021
Karen Juvenal [Private citizen ]
CON
This is nothing but suppression of voting rights by angered Republicans over Trumps loss. I have read absolutely NOTHING that would indicate there was any widespread fraud in Iowa or elsewhere throughout the United States that could have altered the outcome of our fair election process. With over 60 court cases thrown out around our country because of lack of evidence in each and every fraud case, please indicate the specific voter fraud you are trying to address with these restrictive and unfair voter restrictions. It seems democratic to encourage voting, not suppress it and each of these measures will decrease voter turnout.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This bill is an embarrassment to Iowa. I do not want to live in a state that supports voter suppression more than it supports public schools or civil rights.
02-21-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I'm a republican voter and I say vote NO. I don't care what your political views, voting is a fundamental right. If you take that away you undermine our republic and self governance. Vote NO.
02-21-2021
Mary Ann Moore []
CON
According to the Secretary of State, Iowa executed a safe and secure election in 2020. I see no reason to restrict access for Iowa voters in future elections. This bill would place an undue burden on the US Postal Service allowing less time for absentee voters to ensure their ballot is received in a timely manner. Finally, the penalties proposed for auditors are extremely severe based on the virtually seamless voting process for 2020. Thank you for your consideration.
02-21-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
I am against this bill. Tired of the continuation of voter suppression!
02-21-2021
Megan Merner []
CON
How can I explain the weight of the exhaustion and hopelessness I feel when I must write "please don't make it harder to vote?" I know that this small comment won't make a difference or change anything, but I do it anyway.
02-21-2021
Jane Alexander []
CON
I strongly oppose this bill and its companion bill in the Senate. We need to INCREASE the time for absentee and early voting, not restrict it. Eighteen days is not enough time for voters or for the auditor's offices or for voters overseas. We should go back to 40 days as it used to be. Auditors should be able to mail request forms for ballots for the convenience of voters and auditors should be able to amend forms with information they already have in the office. Auditors should have drop boxes at their discretion. There should not be outrageous fines for simple and unintended mistakes. Everything about this bill is bad. It is clearly intended to keep people from voting.Voting should be made easier for people, not harder. There is no evidence of voter fraud in any Iowa election and these proposed measures are completely unnecessary. These are voter suppression bills.
02-22-2021
Amy Alton-Stonebrook []
CON
I don't think there is any need to change the election rules and process.
02-22-2021
Mary Updegraff []
CON
This is the Republican way of preventing people from voting which is fundamental to preserving our democracy. Republicans are so power hungry they will deny your right as a citizen to a free and open elections. They do not represent the people. They want complete control over you,as a dictator. They do not fight to protect our citizens. A great example is the way Reynolds has dealt with the pandemic. She does not care about the people of Iowa. She is out campaigning for her reelection rather than dedicating herself to setting a proper distribution of a vaccine to stop a pandemic. Her statement that liberals want to shut down Iowa is such a lie, no one wants a shut down. All that people expect is that leaders care about the health and welfare of it's constituents. This power grab by Republicans shows that they are incapable of that job. They are so insecure in their capabilities that they are willing to destroy our democratic government. Iowans please wake up and take a stand to protect our democratic Republic.
02-22-2021
Shari Flatt []
CON
ChairpersonWhen a new bill makes its way to a subcommittee it then needs to be read and studied. My first question on any bill is always the same. Why? Why is it needed? What purpose does it serve? Who is affected by it? The 2020 presidential election in Iowa had a record number of voters and I believe a record number of absentee ballots. There were no cases of fraud. So why? Why are you trying to pass a bill to fix a problem that simply does not exist and in the process cause a new problem, making it more difficult for levity voters to caste their ballots? Why?Please respect my question with an answer.
02-22-2021
Patricia Benson []
CON
We should encourage everyone eligible to vote in elections, not limit their ability to do so. We had a safe, fair election in 2020 and many more people voted than ever before. I am opposed to this bill which is a step backward and amounts to voter suppression.
02-22-2021
Kay Pence []
CON
We had near record voter participation in the last election cycle. We should be celebrating that success not trying to destroy it. I worked at one of the early voting locations. We had republicans, democrats, no party and first time voters. People really appreciated the opportunity to get their voting done early.
02-22-2021
Julie Sidharta []
CON
I first voted in the spring of 1999 on a local tax levy. It was my first & only time voting in person. At ISU in 2000, I voted via absentee ballot. It was so remarkably simple & user friendly I have voted via absentee ballot ever since. I have never had to worry about making it to the polls because of odd work hours or overtime. Or when when my firstborn barely slept & my husband worked all the time. Never worried about how I would vote if a child was sick or if poured rain or worse. Because I always write my remarkable (former) county auditor & get a ballot sent to me. Which I send right back. I am fervently against any against bills that would limit access to absentee ballots. When I first learned of this bill, I was very frustrated not just by how it would affect myself but how it would affect older voters in Iowa. For, at least, the last ten years of my grandmother's life she voted via absentee ballot. She did this because the last time she voted in person, she got flustered by the lines & decided to vote a straight party ticket. But after she feared she voted a straight ticket for the wrong party. So she began to vote via mail to ease her mind that she was filling out her ballot as she wanted with no pressure & a chance to doublecheck. It had the added benefit of allowing her to vote regardless the weather, her health, back pain, etc. As Iowa is a graying state I am sure that there are many other voters that appreciate the current absentee ballot system for the same reasons as she did.
02-22-2021
B. Stimpert []
CON
No, I do not wish to speak, but thanks for offering the opportunity to do so..Ughh! As a patriotic American, I am ASHAMED to see this thing (HF590) in iowa. I'm white, if that matters to you. amd dosgusted.Please explain in public how this thing has any good that outweighs the bad. What bad, you ask? An attempt at voter suppression.
02-22-2021
Peggy [None]
CON
Passing the HF590 disenfranchises many legal voters making it extremely difficult to exercise the legal right to vote. We had the most robust and legal voting participation of Iowans in our last two elections with no notable fraud. Why make it more challenging or throw more hurtles for those who cannot get to vote in person or for our veterans stationed overseas to even get a ballot let alone return it in time to be counted? This is strictly a voter suppression bill blocking many from exercising their voting rights. Do not pass.
02-22-2021
Paul Deaton [None]
CON
HF 590 addresses no known or agreed problems for Iowa voters and takes arbitrary steps to make it more difficult for regular citizens to stay registered and vote. I oppose this legislation.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
As a citizen of Iowa, I ask you to table this bill. Voter fraud is not an issue here. What is an issue is politicians seeking to stay in office or to elect similarly minded peers by limiting access to voting, particularly for disadvantaged people. This bill is antidemocratic and It is shameful.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
No evidence of voter fraud has been presented. Legislatures should be working to expand access to voting not suppressing the vote.
02-22-2021
Susan Ballantyne []
CON
I am strongly opposed to the bill. Shortening the early voting time has no benefit and only serves to suppress voting. There is no legitimate reason to shorten the already recently shortened time period. Starting to make people inactive after one missed election is also a step that seems too harsh, creating more work and more hoops to jump through many people only vote in Presidential elections. No one is against regulations that help provide secure elections, but this bill is going too far and smacks of suppression techniques.
02-22-2021
Ann Hanes [Personal Card]
CON
I don't know of any concerns we had on voter security. I think you can correct the absentee ballots requests sent with information filled in. I appreciated that everyone got an absentee ballot request sent to them protected many of us during the pandemic. Continuing to send them out helps many that are not connected to the internet.
02-22-2021
Susan Loomis []
CON
I am opposed to legislation that reduces citizen access to voting. Mail ballots are essential options for many persons and circumstances, and the process of voting should be made as simple and accessible as possible.
02-22-2021
Colter Frederick []
CON
Do not support this bill! Simply put, we should be passing laws that encourage more voting rather than suppression of those of who are already underrepresented.If you can't win an election by counting every vote, then I would suggest altering your platform so that it supports measures that benefit more people, rather than simple remove the votes of those who don't agree with you. Colter22221
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This legislation is designed by the GOP in this state to suppress voting. Since the right to vote is the greatest right we enjoy as American citizens, one that separates us from much of the rest of the world, it should never be suppressed but, instead, it should be expanded in every way possible. Eliminating early voting days and tampering with absentee voting is one of the most antiAmerican things I could imagine and clearly states the GOP is frightened.Records voter turnouts in this past general election should be celebrated and encouraged instead of suppressed.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Free and fair elections are the bedrock of our democracy. This bill would diminish our democracy by impeding the ability of all citizens to participate equally. I implore you to reject this antidemocratic bill and the repressive effects it would have on our elections. Let's continue to strive for the highest voter turnouts possible so the will of the citizens can best be communicated to our public servents. Thank you.
02-22-2021
Elaine Baughman []
CON
This bill promotes voter suppression; we should be looking at ways to enhance voters. This discriminates against the disabled and elderly; shame on proponents of this bill.
02-22-2021
Kathleen M Winter [- Select -]
CON
What is the reason for this bill? Voting in Iowa this past election was easy and honest. I live in a rural area made up of a lot of seniors. Receiving a blank absentee ballot request form from our county auditor helped ensure that seniors were able to vote fairly and safely. Many do not have the ability to print a request form off to mail in, nor do they have transportation to the courthouse. This bill is extremely discriminatory to the older people of Iowa.
02-22-2021
Richard Talcott []
CON
This bill baldly attacks the voting rights of many legitimate citizens for partisan political reasons. It is unfair and a blemish on the reputation of our state.
02-22-2021
Rachel Cole []
CON
There were no problems with Iowa's voting process in the last election, or in any election. There is no reason for this bill. It doesn't help anything or make our voting process more secure. It just makes it harder to vote. One can't help but think that that is the point!
02-22-2021
Erin Maltby-Addelia [Principal]
CON
02-22-2021
Barbara Clark []
CON
Please stop making it more difficult for people to vote! There are several things I object to in this proposed bill. Some people only vote in the Presidential elections, so having to start over every 4 years would be a deterrent to voting! We should be encouraging and making it easy for people to vote!Absentee voting is crucial for so many Iowans. With our aging population, it is even more so. Reducing the time to vote to vote will harm people who are shut ins and can't make it to the polls. I am disgusted by the notion that auditors could go to jail if this bill is passed! Voting is our right as citizens. Iowans have always been so proud of our state for its transparency in many ares. I'm so ashamed of bills like these that limit voter turn out and discourage people to vote and punish auditors who make a mistake. Please vote NO on this bill. Thank you.
02-22-2021
Linda Loxley Meloy []
CON
These measures limit voter participation rather than the democratic goal of enhancing access to voting.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Iowan]
CON
Voter suppression is undemocratic. Vote against HF 590 and long lines. We do Not need to change voting rules in Iowa.
02-22-2021
Larry Stone []
CON
02-22-2021
Lisa Bean []
CON
Bill Pates did a wonderful job with Iowa elections.There was organized information and easy access to polls. A record 73.2% voted. This should be cause for celebration. Why is there this push to restrict voter access to mail in ballots and decrease time window ?Especially in a rural state during a pandemic we don't know the future yet and voting by mail and early voting should become more of the norm. Actions to make this process easier seem like a much wiser path forward. Trump's lies and rhetoric about voter fraud have been proven to be just that. I surely hope this bill is not based on the same lies and rhetoric that Americans have been spoon fed by Trump and the "fake news" outlets that have supported and spread these false claims. This bill would prevent the prevent high voter turn out which should be the goal of a democracy.
02-22-2021
Alice Anderson [Citizen]
CON
It concerns me that after an election with great turnout and no known fraud there is an effort to restrict voting access. Shouldnt the goal be high participation and no fraud?
02-22-2021
Roger [Ripple]
CON
HF 590. Bill needs to voted done, voting is our right. We should be able to Sue the Republicans for voter surpression.
02-22-2021
Logan Hood [N/A]
CON
The 2020 elections had the most participation in the democratic process to date according to the SOS. This seems like a success and something we should wish to build upon rather than destroy. Why would you try to make it harder for people to vote when the amount of voter fraud in this state is almost zero. This bill is intentionally set out to deter Iowans from working class families, Iowans with disabilities, and a myriad of other groups from voting. This bill is antidemocratic and antiAmerican. It must not pass.
02-22-2021
Thomas E Simon [- Select -]
CON
I was an election official in Linn County and also have benefited from mail in voting during the pandemic. Iowa has been a good model for fair elections. Iowa should not change election laws that restrict voting, but rather should assure that everyone eligible to vote has equal opportunity. Never should the legislature attempt to restrict or make it difficult for eligible voters to cast their vote.
02-22-2021
Ruth Paarmann []
CON
There is no reason to shorten the time for mailin ballots or to restrict this very effective way for Iowans to vote. Mailin voting enables voting despite any weather condition, life events, work schedules and so on. It has proven effective over the years, and particularly last fall with the pandemic. More people being able to vote is better for all Iowans. I see no need to enact any change to the current voting conditions.
02-22-2021
Linda K Kerber []
CON
This bill undermines the best of Iowa political traditions instead of encouraging Iowans to be part of the constituencies of our elected officials, it discourages them. We have come to realize how many people have come to rely on absentee ballots the disabled, or those, like myself, who are elderly and frail, or live in underpopulated rural areas, far from polling places. Shortening the time and making it illegal for friends or volunteers to help people get absentee ballots will also lead to crowded polling places, discouraging people with other obligations from undertaking long waits to vote. Our general attitude should be to make the exercise of our right to vote easier to accomplish, not harder!
02-22-2021
Blakely Mortvedt []
CON
I vehemently oppose this bill. There is no evidence of voter fraud in Iowa that would make it necessary to introduce a bill like this. Even if that were the case, this bill doesn't do anything to make voting more secure. It only makes voting harder and less available for certain groups of people.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
HF590 is a cynical attempt to suppress voters. It has no other purpose. The right wing is trying to take our country to fascism, eliminating voter rights is one of the basic steps to undermining democracy. Do not let this happen.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Theres absolutely no reason to reduce voting rights and opportunities. Voting early was so convenient and made for an easier less stressful voting experience. With zero fraud in Iowa, with a Republican majority its clear the reason behind supporting this bill is to further the agenda for Republican Party to promote fraudulent behavior and rather than to encourage voting, and create a better experience and way of life for the American people. Spend more time on doing right and you decrease the amount of time covering up your lies. Darkness cannot drive out darkness... only light can do that. Stop selling soul to the Devil and right your wrongs!
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am very upset to see that our legislature would even consider changing the voting procedures at this very stressful time for older citizens. Please vote NO on HF 590.
02-22-2021
Julia Hermann [Iowa voter ]
CON
The state of Iowa is a leader in providing legal methods for our citizens to vote and I was proud to be a part of that in 2020 with record turnout coupled with no credible claims of fraud. It is as simple and obvious as one party wanting to suppress voting.
02-22-2021
Matthew Bailey [Steadfast Plants, LLC]
CON
This bill solves no substantial problem.The purpose of the bill is to suppress votes in a targeted partisan fashion.It is anti democratic and anti American
02-22-2021
Michael Roberts []
CON
I oppose this measure because it restricts access to voting by mail. Voting by mail has proven to be a secure and safe means of casting a ballot during a global pandemic. Reducing the early voting window risks disenfranchising immunocompromised Iowans that can't safely vote in person.Given that mail ballots skewed heavily democratic, it's difficult to interpret this measure as anything other than a cynical ploy by the republican party to tilt the scales in their favor.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Please stop trying to suppress voters. We should be finding ways to make it easier for Iowans to vote. Voters should not be removed from the rolls unless they have moved to another state or have died. Prefilled absentee ballots should be sent to anyone requesting one. The period for voting should be extended, not cut back. We live in a democracy! We should make it easy for all of us to vote. Why are you trying to take away our rights?
02-22-2021
Carolyn Stucker []
CON
If this bill is passed, it is a clear signal that Iowa does not value all people in the state. It is a complete departure from our past. Surely all legislators have someone in their lives for whom this bill will make it more difficult to vote. Please vote no.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Retired college accountant ]
CON
Even as a white female that has voted in almost every election since I was 18 years old I feel suppressed by this statement of changes to the Iowa voting laws. This just discourages people from voting and what we need is a possibility for an increase in voters. Shame, shame on you who are trying to suppress the voters of Iowa.
02-22-2021
Cheryl Mathis [Board meeting]
CON
The ability for everyone to vote should not be restricted or reduced in any way. Many people with disabilities, the elderly and working people are able to vote with the mailin voting and extended voting days. If anything there should be an expansion of early voting hours.
02-22-2021
Jeff Gilbert [None]
CON
Due to the coronavirus pandemic we Iowans experienced record voter turnout in 2020. As a senior citizen with somewhat limited mobility, I was particularly pleased to be able to vote by mail in both the June primary and November general elections. I was happy with the system in place that made this possible for so many Iowans, especially that our county officials were able to mail out absentee ballot requests to every registered voter. I belief it is in the best interest of all Iowans to not only continue, but enhance this process. When more Iowans vote, we have more faith that our interests are being served by our elected officials. I have personally heard of NO intentional voter fraud occurring in Iowa. My fear is that this legislation will disenfranchise many Iowans voters. It should be the goal of all state legislators to make voting a safe and smooth process by allowing as many registered voters the opportunity to cast their ballots safely and securely. We have those processes in place and the there is no need to fix a problem that does not exist in Iowa. I feel that this legislation is a solution in search of a problem. Legislators have more pressing issues to address. Please leave our voting rights intact as is.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Johnson County resident]
CON
Shortening the mail in voting period to 18 days amounts to voter suppression; this shorter period does not allow time for correction of a mistake in spelling or signature. For people who may be out of town for a month at a time, e.g., retirees who have a second home, this does not allow sufficient time to cast a ballot.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
When there is no evidence of any fraud, there is zero reason to support making it more difficult to vote. In a state where weather can turn into nondrivable conditions overnight, where many citizens are elderly w limited mobility, absentee ballots must continue to be accessible to all. Placing restrictions on this & adding arbitrary deadlines only serves to supress votes.
02-22-2021
Beverly A Hayes []
CON
I have heard no arguments that would indicate these bills have a positive effect for making our Iowa elections more representative, accurate, or available for all legal voters.I strongly oppose these bills, and question the patriotic political intent behind them.
02-22-2021
Maher A Josephson [N/A]
CON
I feel sad for Iowa. This bill is antidemocratic. Instead of opening the door for more voters, we're placing more obstacles and restrictions on the franchise, a form of poll tax.Why bother call ourselves a democracy? This bill is elitist in nature. This bill is designed for the wealthy and the healthy. The rest of the population be damned.This bill declares dead voters who miss the midterm. What kind of nonsense is that? Grow up Iowa.Please vote NO on this retrograde bill.
02-22-2021
Robin Kennicker [N/a]
CON
Shame on all of you in the republican party in the state of Iowa. Iowa does not have any voter fraud and yes Trump won this state. So, if the republican's claim; that there was voter fraud in Iowa, then you must state in no certain terms that Trump actually lost Iowa. You cannot have it both ways.If there was fraud in Iowa, prove it, show me the evidence. I want to see it.We Iowans have always prided ourselves on have the cleanest most efficient way to vote, and we take pride in voting in Iowa. May I remind the Republican party that the United States Constitution which I follow: says: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. You all swore an oath to the constitution as I have. We want the Republican party to throw out this bill now and prevent any harm to Iowa Elections in the future.
02-22-2021
David Munson [Citizen]
CON
Iowa should be encouraging all citizens to vote, not make it more difficult. Voter suppression laws are desperate attempts to cling to power by the party currently in charge.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am writing to urge legislators to stop the voter suppression efforts under consideration. I see these planned activities as restrictions on voters' access to the ballot box!
02-22-2021
Kelli Emerson [Citizen]
CON
We need to make it easier to vote, not harder. Kill this bill.
02-22-2021
Donna L Weiser [No affiliation]
CON
This bill is clearly a voter suppression bill reducing access to voting by limiting the number of days early voting are available, restricting the use of absentee ballots and imposing unusual penalties on county officials. Elections must be made as accessible as possible with reasonable security measures which do not disenfranchise voters. This proposed bill does not serve that purpose.
02-22-2021
Richard Nordin []
CON
I oppose this bill. Under its provision, I would not of been able to vote in 2020. Particularly troubling to me is the provision to prohibit election officials from mailing out absentee ballots. The system worked well during a pandemic under a Republican secretary of state. It's not broken don't fix it.
02-22-2021
Susan Benton []
CON
I am against this bill. Once again Iowa republican legislators are proposing a "solution" where no problem exists. There is no evididence for widespread voter fraud in Iowa or any place else for that matter. Secretary of State Pate commented on the success of our last election. A democracy is built upon citizen participation. This bill seeks to suppress voting in every possible way. Vote no.
02-22-2021
Melody Rockwell [Linn County League of Women Voters]
CON
I view this bill as an infringement on voting rights/access that is based on unfounded voter fraud claims. Strongly opposed.
02-22-2021
Colleen Finnegan []
CON
I am opposed to this bill. Early voting should be expanded, not reduced. I am opposed to all other parts of the bill as well.
02-22-2021
Joan Marttila []
CON
Please leave voting procedures in Iowa alone. We have already endured photo IDs, and shortened absentee voting periods. According to the Des Moines Register, 1.7 million Iowans, 76%, voted in 2020. To date, THREE cases of voter fraud in 2020 have been identified in Iowa. HF 590 is a solution to a problem that does not existunless its existence is justified by a need to perpetuate former President Trumps Big Lie about election results, or the need of the Iowa Republican Party to manipulate Iowa voters to ensure its continued majority in the Legislature and in the governorship. HF 590 should not be approved.
02-22-2021
Hallie Wilkins []
CON
I strongly oppose this bill. We should be making voting access easier for Iowans, and this bill makes access far more challenging. HF 590 promotes voting repression, and I urge you to vote against it.
02-22-2021
Peter Clay []
CON
I strongly oppose HF 590 and the companion bill in the Iowa Senate. We should be doing everything we can to make participation in our representative democracy easier, not harder. Early voting and no excuse absentee voting are foundational to expanding the most important right all of us have as citizens the right to vote. Iowa should not enact legislation that criminalizes county officials who are serving us all. Satellite locations for early voting make a huge difference in extending the opportunity to vote to more Iowans. Local officials know their counties best and they should have authority to select the best locations to help all of our citizens to vote. We will lose our democracy if we move away from extending and expanding how, when, where and who is allowed to vote. It is the fundamental right of all eligible citizens and the Iowa Legislature should protect that right, rather than acting to restrict it. Thank you!
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am opposed to this bill. Early voting should be expanded, not reduced. I am opposed to all other parts of the bill as well.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This bill goes too far.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
The election in Iowa was fair. There is no reason to spend precious legislative time making changes to something that is not broken.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This bill is unnecessary. It has been proven that voter fraud is almost nonexistent. We need to be passing legislation to expand voting rights, not limit them. Legislation which limits voting rights unfairly targets disabled and elderly constituents who may struggle to get to the polls as well as those who work long hours in multiple jobs and can't afford to take time off to get to the polls. It also aims to limit the voting rights of minority populations, which we know is part of the Republican plan to suppress voting rights of those who will overwhelmingly vote against them.
02-22-2021
SANDRA Larson [Self]
CON
Our Democracy will be enhanced when voting is made easier NOT harder. I oppose this Bill in it's entirety.
02-22-2021
Holly Moore []
CON
HF 590 is clearly a voter suppression bill, making it impossible for many Iowans to vote. It should not be passed. Some points in the bill appear to be unconstitutional and will trigger a legal battle, costing taxpayers. Do not pass this heinous piece of voter suppressive legislation.
02-22-2021
Tom Carsner []
CON
Voters get to choose their elected officials. Elected officials do not get to choose their voters. This bill chooses winners and losers in access to voting. Proponents of this bill need to present significant evidence of significant cases of voter fraud before they can be taken seriously. Iowa has a long history of high voter turnout. This bill suppresses voter turnout by making it harder for all classes of voters to vote. Vote NO on HF 590.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [small county]
CON
I feel that Iowa's elections are run fairly and with little to no fraud. Why fix something that isn't broken? There needs to be a window that is long enough to reach our voters, so all Iowans get a chance to vote. Many voters carry odd hours, work over the road, have disabilities and need assistance, are snowbirds, plan vacations, surgeries, etc. Iowa has a good system now.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
I am against advancing legislation that goes against core Republican ideals.Republicans have never been afraid of voters; this bill clearly shows fear.Republicans have always held that their ideas are superior; keeping people from the polls does not show confidence.I am finding that a portion of the Republican party has departed from the original conservative agenda.By definition, "conservative" means "oldfashioned."The new party, then, is Republicans In Name Only and should not have its agenda advanced.This bill risks fracturing the Republican party.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Self]
CON
As the lone Reaganite in Hippietown, in fact the lone Reaganite in the state of Iowa, Im repeatedly disgusted with how Trumps GOPP Grand Old Putin Party seeks to corrupt our Founders Republic. The GOPP should return to Reagans GOP and win with ideas rather than voter suppression. Kill this HR 590, yet another tavern attempt to win by force, not by ideas. Stop making Iowa look like a state full of hayseed, hillbilly, plowboys. And while youre at it, fund the universities where at the UofI my advisor James Van Allen built the first U.S. satellite. Make Iowa known for more than corn and pig shit.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [N/A]
CON
This is a voter suppression bill and should not pass! Voting should be easier for all people in a democracy, not more difficult.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Easy access to absentee ballots and mail in voting is critical to allowing as many Iowans as we can to vote. The more Iowans voting in our elections, the more our state is accurately represented, and the stronger our democracy is. Our state has done a better job than others in representing our population by taking measures like using a bipartisan committee for redistricting to prevent gerrymandering and providing easy access to mail in voting and absentee ballots. Please protect our states democracy, do not let us fall into the partisan corrupt politics that can be seen in other states on the sides of the political spectrum.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
I am against HF 590; this bill would make it very hard for senior citizens like me to remain current as active and engaged citizens.Please vote against HG 590.And may God bless you for doing so.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This is a craven and sickening effort by the GOP to disenfranchise and inconvenience eligible voters in order to stack the odds in favor of Governor Reynolds in 2022. This is blatent, targeted voter suppression.Any legislator who votes in favor of this assault on democracy must answer for their vote in town halls, interviewed, and public forums for the rest of their (hopefully short) political career.
02-22-2021
Pam Echeverria []
CON
Republicans across the country are making voting restrictions their national focus claiming they want to restore integrity to the voting process. This is simply a continuation of the lies of the previous administration. Kim Reynolds says she is following the facts? Yes, another lie. The 2020 election, with historic turnout and virtually no fraud, shows us that Republican attempts to limit voting options is clearly to control the vote with Jim Crow barriers. Lets call this what it is. Voter suppression in attempt to maintain white control.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Our county runs a clean, efficient election. To undermine the local authority takes away from the democratic process we hold in such high regard in our great state. As a former city council person I know how important it is to keep local control in place. The folks living here know what's best for our cities and county and that is a universal rule. This legislation would start the slippery slope of losing local control.
02-22-2021
Laura Bergus []
CON
This bill is unnecessary and harmful. After a successful, highturnout election, where many Iowans with limited mobility or an inability to vote safely in person on Election Day were able to vote absentee, increasing restrictions on voting is nonsense. The proposed justifications for this bill are wrong. Please vote no.
02-22-2021
Deborah Pogel [Deborah Pogel, LISW]
CON
This is a voter suppression bill. It is undemocratic. Please vote no to this outrageous bill that makes our system less democratic.
02-22-2021
Todd Krajewski [Citizen]
CON
Please rework this piece of legislation to better address validation of cast votes to an identity. Shortening time frames may hinder future voters.
02-22-2021
carol olicker [n/a]
CON
Voter suppression is what this bill is aiming to accomplish. In a democracy, we want to encourage voters to vote; this bill acts to make it HARDER for people to vote. It is undemocratic and anyone who supports this bill loses my respect, my trust, and my vote.
02-22-2021
Mel Konrad []
CON
On Sunday's KCCI Closeup, Governor Reynolds stated Iowa's elections are safe and fair. And Secretary of State Pate has said there is no evidence of fraud. So why are Republicans once again proposing changes to make voting more difficult?
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This proposed bill is a disservice to Iowans. It does not serve any purpose with the exception of suppressing votes. This bill is without merit and will harm ALL Iowa voters.
02-22-2021
Margaret Gannon []
CON
02-22-2021
Matt Trimble [Self]
CON
I do not support any of the provisions in this bill or Senate File 413. These changes disenfranchise Iowans who are shutin, retired, students and those least able to correct any issues that the new & punitive changes create for them. The intentional removal from the active voter list is unconscionable & unconstitutional. Please consider withdrawing HF590 & not supporting an voter suppression legislation that comes before the Iowa Legislature in the future. This is not how public servants should be addressing the needs of constituents who are greatly suffering from hardships caused by the pandemic and economic decline.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
There seems to be no legitimate reason for this bill other than restricting access to voting for busy people.
02-22-2021
Jon Heitland []
CON
I strongly oppose this bill. It is a blatant attempt at voter suppression, reflecting the misinformation propounded in the last election that somehow the voting results were fraudulent, when they clearly were not. The Republicans have the majority in the legislature and the governorship, but that does not legitimize skewing Iowa's voting laws to favor their party. Voting is a fundamental right to all Iowans and should be expanded, not suppressed. It is immoral and a violation of their oath of office for legislators to alter voting laws to favor one political party over another. It is not a coincidence that this was not an issue until the last election; Republicans are trying to rig future elections. Shame on them.
02-22-2021
Jackie Stolze []
CON
02-22-2021
Candace Broveak [None]
CON
02-22-2021
Brenda Schumann [none]
CON
why make it hard for people to vote. a democracy is based on people voting
02-22-2021
Judith Dirks [League of Women Voters Metro Des Moines]
CON
I wish to express my agreement with recently submitted objections to both SF 413 and HF 590 as expressed by the president of the League of Women Voters Metropolitan Des Moines, Teresa Bomhoff. I also wish to support today's likely speaking planned by two members of the League of Women Voters Iowa. Our ongoing goal and mission is to encourage voter registration, education, and participation within our state. Many of the bills'provisions seem to be measures to limit voter access and participation. I want to be proud of Iowa's voting policies and not angry about them. Please do not pass bills which will hamper the freedoms and availabilities of voting for Iowans in the future.
02-22-2021
Lance Coon []
CON
Republican Party has always been the party of fewer regulations and more freedom. Governor Kim Reynolds didn't issue Mask mandates for that reason. So if you trust the American public so much for wearing masks, why don't you trust the American public to vote? I would like to understand what your goal is with these new regulations and what data was used to believe that this bill would achieve these goals with respect to lessen early voting, drop boxes, etc.
02-22-2021
Juliette Daley []
CON
Do not make voting harder for people. If you truly want people to vote make it easier. Easier doesn't mean unfair of voter fraud it means we have country where everyone can vote is part of the process that chooses government and its laws. If you can't win with the votes and have to manipulate to hide some votes; you don't win and the country and its democracy is damaged. If you are manipulating votes for a party win it will catch up with you and unfortunately for the country too.
02-22-2021
Sergio Perez [LULAC 380]
CON
Iowa should be making it easier to vote. This law is unnecessary and works to suppress the vote. This bill should be discarded and a new bill to enhance and expand voting rights and accessibility must be considered.
02-22-2021
Jmaes A. Benzoni []
CON
We have jsut had the most secure election in United States history (quote from the head of U.S. Cybersecurity).It is important that we pass legislation based on FACTS, and not on demagoguery.Iowa had a record turn out.Secretary of State Paul Pate (a Republican) certified our election as free and fair.Iowa is a democracy, not an oligarchy.It is important that we stand for free and fair elections, and not for voter suppression which is a vestige of slavery and Jim Crow.Iowa has a proud history of standing up for civil rights.Iowa had the most soldiers per capita of any state during the Civil War.We have long history of fighting and defending civil rights.Iowa State Motto I:"Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain"If we pass these voter suppression bills, then Iowa will become known as the Jim Crow state of the Midwest not a reputation for the state of Gov. Bob Ray and so many other fine Republicans.Republicans and Iowa must not bend to the momentary fury of mob rule.If we pass this bill, we are validating the storming of the U.S. capitol.Jesus warned us against these kinds of measures, which would fall especially hard on those who can least afford them.This is a bill for atheists, for people who do not believe in God, of a small and craven people, who look only at their short term ambitions, and who are willing to sell their soul for a little bit of power.Make no mistake: When you sell your soul to the devil for a little power, the devil will exact his price.Jesus warned us about this, saying: "What does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world but lose his soul?"Don't fall into this trap for it is a trap.The net that you spread will come back to haunt you, just as our turning away the Jews before World War II created so much suffering.Be wise, for it is a wise man or woman who guards their soul and their integrity, and does not allow shallow short term ambitions to kill our sacred democracy.Remember Lincoln's words at Gettysburg:It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.So the question, my friends, is this:Will you turn your back on Lincoln and Gettysburg, or will you remain true to the vision of our Founding Fathers??The fate of Iowa and your very souls hang in the balance.Peace,James A. Benzoni
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02-22-2021
Gayle Teget [Self]
CON
IA has traditionally run safe and fair elections. There is NO need to change the law, unless the sole goal is to make it more difficult for the less wealthy to actually vote. Mail service is becoming less reliable, so reducing the number of days to receiveand returnan absentee ballot smacks of systemic disenfranchisement. It really smacks of autocracy when voting is limited to a few, and those few seem to be voting only for a preselected agenda. The GOP used to stand for inclusivity; now it stands for racial hatred and violence. This attempt to make voting more difficult, when there have been no issues with the present system, is simply another attempt to deny voting rights to everyone who is eligible.
02-22-2021
Cheryl Binzen []
CON
Democracy is built on the ability of its citizens to vote. A vote for HF 590 and SF 413 is a vote against democracy with its egregious provisions such as the inactive voter clause, one absentee ballot box per county and on and on and one.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
I am confident in the safety of our election system in Iowa and fear that these new rules would hinder legitimate votes from being cast. We should make it easier to vote, not the other way around. I understand not wanting ballots prefilled, but they should be allowed to be mailed out and there should not be any restrictions on who can drop it off. On the other hand, if you want more in person voting, we should include a provision that requires employers to give there employees time off to vote on election day. Thank you for your consideration.
02-22-2021
Leticia Nketiah [State Innovation Exchange ]
PRO
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-22-2021
Becky Sisco []
CON
Why is it that I get the feeling that the proponents of this bill are using the Big Lie about the 2020 election as an excuse to prevent citizens from voting? Let's keep Iowa's elections fair.
02-22-2021
Carole Yates [private citizen]
CON
The rights of Iowans to vote unhindered, without undue restrictions are being trampled on with HF590 and SF413. It is clear that the intent of both bills is to suppress the vote of those who did not vote for Republicans in the last election. Senator Schultz recent comment that there were shady dealings in Black cities in swing states indicates an attempt to suppress especially votes by Black Iowans. That statement is vindictive and racist. Iowa's Secretary of State, a Republican, said that is not true. Iowas election was fair, the votes were counted. There were no shady dealings in Iowa. So why do these bills exist? To suppress the vote if Republicans do not win.Let the clean, wellrun elections in Iowa continue so that all people who are eligible can vote. HF590 and SF413 use and will result in many of the voter suppression tactics enumerated at www.findlaw.com: Stricter voter ID laws such as accepting only certain kinds of IDs, requiring certain kinds of documentation to get IDs, and requiring certain kinds of photos (IA Republicans did that in 2017) Residency requirements and address requirements (2018) Intention to stay" requirements Restrictions on voter registration drives Elimination of Election Day voter registration Voter purges (when eligible voters are removed from voter rolls improperly, often without notice to voters) Felony disenfranchisementVoting barrier examples include: Closing polling stations. For example, between 2012 and 2018, 8% of voting precincts in Georgia were closed and 40% of voting precincts were relocated in the state, preventing between 54,000 to 85,000 voters from voting on Election Day in 2018 Barriers related to disability Voter intimidation tactics like armed observers at polling places Long lines at voting places
02-22-2021
Jon Krieg [- Select -]
CON
I oppose HF 590 and the companion bill in the Iowa Senate. The legislature should be expanding voting rights and opportunities in Iowa, rather than restricting them. This is a direct assault on our democracy and has nothing to do with shortening the length of the campaign season, as I saw one proponent say.If legislators are really so afraid of being voted out of office, they should pay more attention to the people of our great state rather than the corporate interests which bankroll their campaigns.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Private citizen]
CON
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02-22-2021
Dave Busiek [None]
CON
02-22-2021
Jordan Hoftender []
CON
According to our United States Constitution voting is a right and privilege. Shouldn't we be working to make it easier for citizens to exercise this right, instead of more difficult? The Gazette reported in 2017 "Iowa law enforcement agencies have investigated hundreds of potential cases of election misconduct...only 23 people were convicted in the last five years." So we must ask ourselves, do we have an issue with voter fraud or election misconduct in this state? What is the goal of this legislation? Is it going to allow the voices of more Iowans to be heard? We also must ask why this type of legislation is the focus of our state government right now when so many our suffering disproportionately from the COVID19 pandemic.
02-22-2021
Alison Coffey [self]
CON
We should not make voting more difficult. In our democracy and in this state, voting should be easier not harder. It is wrong to try to suppress votes.
02-22-2021
Loxi Hopkins []
CON
I am asking you to stop the voter suppression bill in its track. There is no reason for this bill except to make it more difficult for those of us who use absentee ballots to vote. Many reach an age where vote by mail is a necessity or we cant vote at all.
02-22-2021
Dave Bradley [Self]
CON
Shortening the time toot prior to Election Day will make it harder for my wife and I to vote in elections.As we get older, it is becoming more difficult to get around. With the short window before the election and the damage done to the USPS, there may not be enough time to request a ballot, receive it, vote it and return it.Backers claim that this bill will lessen campaigning.By shortening the window, campaigns will be much more furious in the end thus creating the opposite effect.Dave Bradley
02-22-2021
Gary Leffler [Just a private citizen ]
PRO
02-22-2021
Anonymous [n/a]
CON
I frequently encourage Iowans to vote in local elections and I oppose any bill that makes that a more difficult thing to do. When I lived in Oregon, the votebymail system worked well because the rainy weather would keep some people from going to to vote on election day. That was just rain. In Iowa, we have snow, ice, and sometimes roads that can be slick an even bigger reason to keep people from going out on election day to vote. Weather is just one of many reasons we need to enhance and improve our absentee voting system, and every legislator should be encouraging more Iowans to vote, not making it more difficult.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
Please vote against HF 590. It is a bad suppressive bill.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Iowa voter]
CON
This entire bill is nonsense. I would like to know if this is a homegrown bill or something that came from a prominent lobbying group? I view this as a form of voter suppression.
02-22-2021
Jack Johnson []
CON
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This is yet another blatant attempt at voter suppression by the G.O.P.
02-22-2021
David E. Drake, D.O. [Iowa psychiatrist]
CON
I strongly oppose HF 590 and the companion bill in the Iowa Senate.We need to do everything we can to make voting more accessible and not more restrictive. Every voter should have plenty of time to request and mail in absentee ballots and those who wish to vote in person need convenient local places to vote.Thank youDavid E. Drake,D.O.Iowa psychiatrist
02-22-2021
Jane Downer []
CON
Please do not suppress the vote! We should be making it easier for people to vote not making it more difficult.
02-22-2021
Michael Wyrick [Various]
CON
Please only pass bills related to voting that expand voting options for people and make it easier for everyone to vote. It's very clear that the two bills before you are voter suppression bills. Please vote no on them.
02-22-2021
Jan Evans []
CON
02-22-2021
Matt Hutchins [None]
CON
As an Iowan I would like to see us find smart ways to make voting easier, faster, simpler and more inclusive, as these in my mind are hallmarks of a healthy and functional democracy. We, as a state can never eliminate voter fraud, so to say that is the goal of this legislation is disingenuous. Instead we should be balancing the desirable goals of an inclusive election process with election security. We can do it! If we work together.
02-22-2021
Matt Claypool [citizen]
CON
We need to expand voting to as many citizens as possible, not limit who can vote.This bill seems determined to limit the number of eligible voters who will take part in elections, without indication to those who would be wrongly purged to correct the unnecessary limitation of voting rights.This bill seems unnecessary to conducting elections, and feels designed to take voting rights backward.Please do not do this to Iowa.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This new proposed bill is blatantly undemocratic.
02-22-2021
Stanley Friedmann [Birth Year 1951]
CON
I oppose any attempt to make voting more difficult for Iowa voters. As Americans, we are supposed to set an example for democratic values, and ease of voting should be the goal. I see no value in attempts to restrict, modify, or in any way make voting more difficult. What you are proposing is wrong. Restrictions to voting options lowers voter turnout and results in a less democratic society. What this legislation does is increase discrimination against working, elderly, disabled and handicapped voters. I ask you to be open minded to my opinion and urge you to reject this legislation.
02-22-2021
David Noyes [Democrat]
CON
Voting needs to easier to accomplish not more restricted. I am definitely against the requirement to purge voters who miss one general election. This is an abhorrent requirement that would have no purpose other than suppressing legally registered democrats from voting. If republican policies are so extreme that most voters would not approve of them it is wrong to try to win elections by suppressing democrats votes. We need to be encouraging voting among an increasingly diverse population: people of color, elderly people, young people, LGBTQ people.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Self]
CON
This is blatant voter suppression and doesn't represent the will of Iowans.
02-22-2021
Randall Laughead []
CON
There is no basis in fact for any of any of these proposals to be enacted. There has not been nor is now any of the issues with voting that this proposal seeks to solve THERE IS NO PROBLEM.Yet, by adopting these proposals, Iowa would reject it's history of free and fair elections and join a handful of states seeking to suppress voting to the narrow benefit of a few.
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02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-22-2021
Michael Baldus []
CON
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Please do not make it more difficult to vote.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This bill tries to fix a problem that does not exist. I would not want the legislature wasting time and money on tigerproofing the state capital since we don't have tigers. I don't want them wasting time and money on "securing" alreadysecure electoral processes, either.
02-22-2021
Christina Bender []
CON
Every single provision of this bill will decrease the number of people who can votea blatant attempt to take power from the many and deliver it to the few. A shortened early voting period will create longer lines, discouraging voters. It will make it more difficult for voters who are out of town to mail in their ballots in a timely manner. It will make it difficult for voters to correct spoiled ballots in a timely manner. Making it illegal to prefill any fields on absentee ballot request form will ensure that there are more errors and thus fewer votes counted. Dropping voters who have missed voting in a previous election will make it harder for people to vote during elections that interest them. This is voter suppression plain and simple, and must be stopped! Vote no to this blatant effort by the "State Government Committee" to restrict voting rights and limit democracy in Iowa.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Resident]
CON
02-22-2021
Jodie Theobald []
CON
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Democratic Party]
CON
Please do not change our voting rules, particularly, the provision of missing an election putting that citizen on a possible inactive status. I must vote by absentee vote due to health considerations and this simply complicates my situation as I do not always vote in primary elections.Iowa has done just fine without meddling in the rules and procedures. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. This is a Republican obsession and needs to be stopped.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
I thought we were a democracy and people should be encouraged to vote. This bill is trying to make it more difficult for people to vote, and even take away that privilege in some cases.I totally disagree with this bill do not pass it.
02-22-2021
Cindy Hess [Citizen]
CON
I am absolutely against this bill! There is Zero proof of any voter fraud in Iowa and this is absolutely discriminatory for persons with disabilities and older Iowans. Why would we make it more difficult to vote, which is a given right in the United States? When you have the majority of Iowans voting early in BOTH parties, why would someone think their constituents would want these changes to occur???? Please vote against this bill!!
02-22-2021
Elesha Gayman Shahinllari [Retired Legislator, Voter]
CON
I am writing today to express how truly disappointed I am in seeing this bill move forward. This past election we had unprecedented voter turnout in a safe and secure election. Despite there being a global pandemic our system worked. Why would you break something that is working?This bill seems to be nothing more than a meritless and punitive action against the thousands of Iowans who turned out to vote in 2020. Why don't you want people to vote?
02-22-2021
David Ferree []
CON
This bill should fail. It is antidemocratic in that it places unnecessary hurdles in the way of voting. There is not a problem with the current system, except to the extent that there are unnecessary hurdles now. This is a solution looking for a problem. There are those who claim the system is corrupt, but that is simply not true. Instead of making voting harder in response to false claims, the legislature should be explaining to the public that there is not a problem.
02-22-2021
Michael Ragogna []
CON
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
REDICULOUS! This bill is an abuse of our American democracy and right to vote! The proposals make it impossible for many to vote! Why change something that works. I am reminded of a few years ago that I felt that many of my views aligned.with the Republican Party. So I changed to Republican. That didnt last long. Republicans should be ashamed!
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Kossuth County Auditor's Office]
CON
I am NOT in favor of the bill changes. I live in a rural area, I have an elderly neighbor who lives down the road by herself. Her closest living relative is a Great Niece living in Germany. She should be allowed to have a close friend whom she trusts return her sealed ballot if she chooses. Cutting the absentee voting from 29 days to 18 is only going to cause crowds and large groups, which, with COVID and needing to distance, they will be putting voters at risk.Reducing the number of drop boxes will only upset voters. We have one in the front of the courthouse and one in the back that is handicap accessible. Not all people use the back side of the courthouse. This will only cause confusion for counties that already had more than one.
02-22-2021
Marie Wilkes []
CON
This bill is a travesty against the voting rights of all citizens. Our current system is working well and any tinkering is solely being introduced to suppress turnout at the polls. DO NOT advance this bill!!
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
There's no problem here to fix, and it's certainly hypocritical for politicians who talk about personal freedom and local control out of one side of their mouth to push a needlessly restrictive measure like this. It's transparently about making it harder for certain segments of the population who do not typically vote for the current majority party to vote, it puts unnecessary strain on high population counties with restrictions that are easier for smaller counties to comply with.Worst of all, none of the data backs up any part of the narrative being pushed about insecure elections or voter fraud, and the people pushing this narrative know this. This is about forcing through bad policy on false claims just because the majority feels comfortable doing so and benefits from it. It's an immoral act, full stop.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am opposed to this bill that severely restricts voting rights of Iowans and imposes punishment on local auditors who try to help people vote. Decreasing the early voting period to 18 days makes it almost impossible for auditors' offices to have time to ensure ballots are correct. Moving people to inactive status who fail to vote in one general election or who fail to update their address is one step from purging voters from the rolls. Allowing only family members or caregivers to return ballots, not allowing auditors to send absentee ballot request forms disenfranchises a number of voters. This bill undermines one of the basic tenants of democracy, the right of all eligible citizens to vote. We should make it easy and safe.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am strongly against HF590 which is a voter suppression bill. It is designed to make it more difficult and less convenient to vote in the state of Iowa, in hopes that voter turnout will decrease in future elections.Instead of making it more difficult for people to vote everything should be done to make it EASIER for people to vote so there is greater participation in voting.The bill would cut Iowa's early voting period from 29 days to 18 days. This change would make Iowa's early voting period one of the shortest in the nation. Voters who miss one general election will have their registration set to inactive, which is the first step in purging them from the voter rolls. I strongly oppose this bill.
02-22-2021
MARK SOTH []
CON
I OPPOSE passage of HF590 !!!
02-22-2021
Denise O'Brien [Self employed farmer]
CON
Voter suppression is bad for democracy. Please vote against H590
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Private Person]
CON
I oppose this bill. We have used early voting and absentee voting for many years. We have recently retired and are spending time with our children and grandchildren. The 30 day early window was important to us in the 2020 election. We used absentee voting and requested the ballot as soon as we could and returned the ballot immediately. I'm not certain and don't understand why the need to shorten the window to vote. I am against this vote.
02-22-2021
Kathryn Jaffey []
CON
There has been alot of investigation into the question of voter fraud with the conclusion that there is not a problem of voter fraud in the United States. Efforts like this one to restrict access to voting are voter suppression. The direction that our democracy needs to take is toward more participation in democracy through straightforward access to voting for all citizens of voting age. Taking someone off the voter rolls because they missed a mid term election, or even one presidential election is not justified. None of the measures of this bill serve any purpose except to make it more difficult for people whose circumstances make it already harder for them to vote. I oppose this bill.
02-22-2021
Ian Lyttle []
CON
It is incomprehensible that a legislature interested in the participation of all its citizens would take any measures, let alone *these* measures, to make it more difficult for its citizens to vote.
02-22-2021
Lance Andersen [Tulane University]
CON
I see no evidence for the need to suppress the voices of Iowan voters. The role of Legislators is to facilitate voting not limit it. These are sad and desperate measures taken by folks who fear the emerging trends of public opinions. We can all unite behind having everyone's voices heard, and encouraging all to have more access to voting options. Unless there is true evidence of voter fraud, this bill should not be enacted.
02-22-2021
Catherine Ann Matt [Private Citizen]
CON
Voting Rights are Human Rights.
02-22-2021
Nancy Zachar Fett [District 57 constituent]
CON
This is voter disenfranchisement. We need to make it so more people vote and have enough time, enough ways, and enough information to make fair and informed decisions. Lessening this time does not change lengthy campaign seasons. It does make it easier to target voters once others have voted. What voters don't like is being contacted over and over and over again. Once they vote, their name is taken out of the data base. Early voting options is what Iowans want.
02-22-2021
Susan Ekstrom [concerned citizen]
CON
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. We had a near perfect election in November, but some people won't be satisfied until the elderly, minorities, and people concerned about their health are deterred or prevented from voting. This is obviously an attempt to prevent Democrats from voting. You are threatening our democracy.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
I vehemently oppose this bill . The Iowan Republican Party needs to give up Donald Trumps big lie about voter fraud. Its unbelievable to me that after the courts not finding proof of fraud, the Attorney General of the U.S. saying there was no fraud, and US Homeland Security declaring 2020s vote the most secure in US history, that the Iowa House and Senate are still pushing this disinformation.STOP THE LIE.
02-22-2021
Craig Pearson []
CON
This is blatantly a voter suppression bill. We must make it easier for everyone to vote, not more difficult. This bill must not go forward.
02-22-2021
Connie King []
CON
This bill is supposedly to prevent voter fraud in Iowa, but the real purpose is to keep minorities and those without resources from voting. Republican strategist Stuart Stevens, in his 2020 book "It Was All A Lie," said "....but those of us who work in elections know what the court concluded: there is almost no voter fraud in American elections" (p. 176). Consequently, the reasons given for the existence of this bill are based on a lie to begin with. Iowa does not need this law. I take advantage of early voting and mailin ballots, and I appreciate the ability to do so.
02-22-2021
John Whitty [Citizen]
CON
This bill is voter suppression and violates every Iowan's 14th Amendment (Section 2) right under the U.S. Constitution. This is a broad, invasive case of legislative overreach from a political party that disingenuously preaches "small government" to Iowans but uses excessive levers of government to take away the voting rights of eligible citizens who should have their voices heard via voting. This law is a direct result of a political party that has realized it can't win elections when voting is open and accessible to all eligible voters. Even if this was the most altruistic attempt by said political party to prevent election fraud (an issue that has yet to tangibly impact any district, state, or federal election. ever.) it proposes a nonsolution solution to a problem that isn't a problem and does so via unconstitutional overreach. How it ever passed a subcommittee is an indictment of the kind of leadership that produces these conservative feverdream bills in the first place. Stop making it harder for American citizens, and Iowans, to vote. It is our right.
02-22-2021
Ruth Bradley []
CON
As an active Iowa voter, I am strongly opposed to election bill HF 590. This is a discriminatory and shortsighted attempt to impose restrictions on Iowa voters. It will adversely affect both rural and urban voters, young and old voters, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. This vindictive use of power by the Iowa legislature is appalling. Please reject this bill.
02-22-2021
Janine Idziak []
CON
I am strongly opposed to the restrictions on voting being proposed. As part of our democracy, we should make voting as accessible as possible.There is no evidence of problems during the last election cycle which warrant the restrictions being considered. The Republications who support this bill are piggybacking on the lies about election fraud perpetrated by Donald Trump. This bill further sours me on the Republican party.
02-22-2021
frje Echeverria []
CON
I am against this bill. Among other deterrents, it makes voting more difficult and shortens the period for absentee voting. Claims of voter fraud are unsubstantiated, and are being used to rationalize rules that will reduce voter turnout.
02-22-2021
Travis Henderson []
CON
There was no fraud, why are you wasting time on this. Please do something more useful.
02-22-2021
Peggy Noel []
CON
Vote NO on Iowa voter suppression bill HF590. Bills like these prove to Iowans that the Republican state legislature is not here to serve. This Bill is proof that Republican representatives believe voter suppression is ok. These damaging and dangerous bills are being rushed to pass under cover of the COVID pandemic when there are so many pressing and urgent matters needed to help Iowans right now. Iowans see right through this YOU DONT WANT US TO VOTE. The voting system in Iowa has no problems. There is nothing to fix. How you can repeat and tell yourselves that this Bill will make Elections safer is reprehensible. Iowans are outraged and much smarter that uou think.
02-22-2021
Derek Trobaugh []
CON
I am commenting in opposition to HF 590. We should be focusing our attention on making it easier, not harder, for ALL Iowans (R/D/I) to participate in our democratic process. This bill simply makes it more difficult.
02-22-2021
Sherry Toelle []
CON
I find the idea that Iowa, home to one of the first suffragettes, would condone and sponsor a bill to restrict voter access to the polls DESPICABLE and PETTY on the part of the Republican Party. You have already voted to lower the number of days from 40 to 29 for voting early/absentee. In this age of a pandemic especially, our State Legislature and Governor should be helping people to safely vote. And, in this age of postal management incompetence, it is horrific to think that a ballot may not be returned in time because of delays in postal delivery. Please vote NO on this bill to restrict our right to vote.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I do not support any of the provisions in this bill or Senate File 413. These changes disenfranchise Iowans who are shutin, retired, students and those least able to correct any issues that the new & punitive changes create for them. The intentional removal from the active voter list is unconscionable & unconstitutional. Please consider withdrawing HF590 & not supporting a voter suppression legislation that comes before the Iowa Legislature in the future. This is not how public servants should be addressing the needs of constituents who are greatly suffering from hardships caused by the pandemic and economic decline.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Private citizen ]
CON
The Iowa Legislature should be making voting easier not harder. Voter suppression is wrong. Do not shorten the number of days for early voting. These measures are some of most repressive in the country. Why?
02-22-2021
Anonymous [representing self]
CON
I've read through the bill and listened/read many reports on the legislation in the last week. I can find simply no positive reason whatsoever for this bill, nothing that will actually benefit Iowans. Rather, it seems to be nothing than more than an attempt to suppress a percentage of voters in hopes that the sponsors' party can gain even more of a majority and retain the governorship in elections to come. This is just another example of many state legislatures across the country (33 at last count) running similar voter suppression bills. The nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice is tracking this very well. https://www.brennancenter.org/ourwork/researchreports/votinglawsroundupfebruary2021What's even more insulting is that the majority party is pushing this bill while thousands of Iowans are struggling from so many issues that need addressing, not the least being the pandemic. Public service requires better. Iowans deserve better. This bill should be put in the round file.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
We should be urging Iowans to vote, not placing more limits or making it more difficult. There is no evidence that this is needed.
02-22-2021
Matt Busche [Voter]
CON
We should be doing everything possible to encourage every Iowan to vote. This is the opposite of that.
02-22-2021
Damon Shutt []
CON
The curtailing of early voting and purging of voters from the rolls if not voting in the midterm elections is not needed. The peoples' voices should be heard, and automatically registering voters who turn 18 through the DOT when driver's licenses are issues would be a good step toward more participation in government. The only reason to make it more difficult to vote is when politicians are afraid of the will of the people. Shame on the Iowa House Republicans for pushing such regressive policies.
02-22-2021
Donna Duvall [Donna Duvall]
CON
HF 590 is an attempt to fix a process that isnt broken. These bills do not improve election laws in Iowa, but rather attempt to disenfranchise voters by creating undue burdens on casting their ballots. Iowa Public Radio reported this morning that this bill is partially in response to voters request for shorter campaigns. This bill will not serve to shorten campaigns, but will serve to suppress the vote, which it seems, is the intent. This will disproportionally affect the elderly, disabled and lower income voters. It will also place an undue burden on the competent and hardworking county auditors around the state. This proposal appears to be in response to one of the fairest and most documented elections in the states and nations history. There is no reason, other than rank partisanship, to make further changes to the Iowa election law. Given the makeup of the Iowa legislature, this bill will most certainly come to the floor. I urge all legislators to take a stand for free and fair elections and vote against this debacle.
02-22-2021
Stan Miller [421431092]
CON
My wife and I are in our mid 70s with some health issues and we know several neigbhors and friends with even more disabilities than us. Early voting is very important and I'm greatly distubed by the bill that makes it harder to get an absentee ballot and to vote early. Stop voter suppression. We just had the most successful election in Iowa history with NO voter fraud.
02-22-2021
Erika Sauter []
CON
I am strongly against passing a bill that will discriminate against and suppress voters. We are Iowans, not Donald Trump loyalists. Making it more difficult for Iowans to vote is a dilberate attempt to control "free and fair" elections. Yeah, I get it. The 2020 election brought in a record number of early and mail in ballots which was not the state's intention. However, election day did coincide with zero public heatlh measures in place which positive cases of COVID19 were exploding in Iowa. So, there's that to take into consideration BY NOT PASSING HF590. Purging voter registration because many Iowans only vote in the presidential election every 4 years is a violation of our U.S. Constitional right to vote, and also a great way to suppress voting by making Iowans jump through hoops to exercise their right to vote each time they choose to. Also, threatening to punish Iowa's poll workers and county auditors based off of false claims of voter fraud in other states is embarrassing.
02-22-2021
Debra Zupke [NA]
CON
I do not support ANY provision in this bill or SF 413. This bill would disenfranchise thousands of Iowans. Lawmakers should be focused on expanding voting access and eliminating barriers to voting, not creating them.
02-22-2021
Kimberlee L Spillers [Rural Community Solutions]
CON
Hello there is no need in Iowa to restructure our elections laws, because they are working perfectly. The summary of this bill indicates "changes to absentee ballots, voter list maintenance activities, making penalties applicable," (a threat to our auditors and their integrity) "and including effective date provisions." Our own Republican Secretary of State, Paul Pate, declared our 2020 elections were held excellently, with no concerns at all, so what is it that this bill attempts to correct, if the governor's own administration finds it faultless?I have been an election official for about 10 years, helping nursing homes residents vote, working at primary and general elections, and, in 2020, as chair of our polling site. These experiences have demonstrated to me the tremendous integrity of our existing rules, from our Secretary of State to our county auditors, their staffs, and election officials. There is no concern for fraud as our system is set up and run. What we need is education to voters to inform them how elections are conducted to increase their trust.I ask that our current rules stand to allow our residents their right to vote. Thank you.
02-22-2021
Carol Spaziani [LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS]
CON
Iam 90 years old and cannot get in to vote withoutg absentee ballots. Anything to make requesting one harder would seriously impact my right to v ote. Just because I am 90 does not make my vote any less important.
02-22-2021
Emily Plummer []
CON
I am opposed to HF590. This bill will make it more difficult for Iowa's residents to vote. It is unnecessary and there is no reason to change the current voting system, unless the proponents of this bill are merely trying to disenfranchise the voters who they believe will not vote for them. As our elected officials it is your responsibility to protect the democratic process and guarantee that all Iowans have access to vote in elections without adding restrictions that will make it more difficult to vote.
02-22-2021
Connie Aasen []
CON
This bill is voter suppression. As a former marketing professional, I often had to travel for extended periods at a moment's notice. Making absentee voting more difficult, could have made it impossible for me to vote some years. In addition, we now live in a very small rural town that is made up of primarily retired and elderly. How do you expect them to get to exercise their right to vote, if they can't get out? I'm white and welleducated and you are suppressing me, so we all know what this bill will do to people of color that can't easily get to the polls. Making it harder to vote shouldn't be your focus, but rather making it safer to easily vote. Iowa's new slogan should be Fields of Oppression instead of Opportunities because it is quickly becoming an oppressed state.
02-22-2021
Bruce Tarwater []
CON
Comment on HF 590I am a longtime Iowa voter. I am strongly in opposition to HF 590. This bill is another attempt to impose further restrictions on Iowa voters. Is there any justification at further restricting a voting system that works. This bill is shortsighted and discriminatory on the surface, and most likely unconstitutional. This bill adversely affects all Iowa voters, regardless of party. This retaliatory and vindictive use of power by the Iowa legislature is outrageous. Please reject this bill now.Bruce Tarwater
02-22-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
This voter suppression bill makes a mockery of our democracy. It SHOULD NOT become law !!!
02-22-2021
Cynthia Keithley [Citizen]
CON
I do not want this bill to be rushed through, which seems to be happening and which makes me question why such speed is needed. As a citizen who appreciates both absentee and early voting, Iowans deserve more time to understand the need for changing our rules and why this bill would truly make our system any better. Iowa's current election process is safe, accessible and secure. This appears to be a solution in search of a problem.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
Vote "NO" on this suppressive bill designed to keep voters from voting, I mean, you claim to love the constitution, and voting rights to not be infringed is Right. There. The idea that the majority party would continue to pout and whine about an election that courts, secretaries of state, and security experts have scrutinized and determined were secure and fair, shows that you are not interested in fair elections, you are only interested in keeping power to advance awful and suppressive agendas. Stop playing power politics and do something for the people of Iowa. Fund schools, stop trying to legislate women's health (or also legislate men's health equally). Quit defunding state services in the name of "lower taxes" which lower nothing for anyone but corporations and large money donors.
02-22-2021
Jane Heiar []
CON
Why is this bill even being considered? The past election resulted in no credible accounts of election fraud. This bill is detrimental to seniors as well as other citizens who have difficulty getting to the poles. I urge you to vote against such measures to suppress the votes of Iowans. Your time would be better spent on other critical issues in our state.
02-22-2021
Rosemary Kirlin [No organization. I am a citizens& voter.]
CON
I am opposed to this bill & to any bill that limits any citizens access to the vote. I am handicapped & physically getting to the polls, standing in lines to vote or coming to the polls in bad weather make voting extremely difficult for me. Thanks to no excuse absentee voting I was able to vote in last couple of elections. A persons reasons for absentee voting should not be judged or determined as valid or invalid by any other voter. Also, any Bill that further restricts or limits the length of days or weeks available for absentee voting will limit the ability of voters to correct external envelope mistakes. I am opposed to any of the changes outlined in this bill. I also support allowing absentee votes to be counted the same day they arrive at the county auditors office before the election so absentee ballots dont pile up to be counted on the day before the election. I support increasing the number of official absentee vote drop boxes per county to bs determined by the county auditor. I also support expanding & not shrinking the absentee voting period for every election. I do NOT support anything that restricts any citizens access to the vote. We should allow permanent total population voting by mail as is done 5 other states with no significant evidence of voter fraud in any of those states. Every citizen should have right to vote period. That includes prisoners, former prisoners, newly naturalized citizens; literally every citizen should have the full right to vote in every election. Voting is a right of citizenship not a privilege. Any Bill that restricts or impedes peoples access to voting abuses & denigrates democracy & it will never be acceptable to the majority of Iowas citizens. There is no significant voter fraud. Stop lying to Iowans about voting fraud. You may lie to yourselves & even convince yourselves of such groupthink. But claims of voter fraud are themselves fraudulent.
02-22-2021
Jessica Dagel [Self]
CON
These bills are voter suppression, plain and simple. I often help the older members in my neighborhood get and turn in an absentee ballot. I have not idea if they are R or D I do it because it is the right thing to do. We should have a longer window for main in voting and not make it shorter and more difficult to do. Why "fix" something that isn't a problem???
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-22-2021
Renee A Meyer []
CON
Please do support this bill. It is simply voter suppression and ensures the voices of many Iowans will not be heard.I have volunteered hours to help educate and sign people up to vote. Our last election had a record turnout, we should be proud of that, not destroy this progress.All this talk of voter fraud is simply ridiculous, 60 judges and courts across the country threw out the unfounded claims. Election officials deemed the 2020 presidential election the most secure in American history.The ease of mail in voting is extremely helpful for our aging population. Please do not add time limits to this process.And why on earth shouldnt ballots be mailed to all registered voters? Again, our aging population will be a large group who will not have their voices heard. And why reduce the satellite voting locations? Again, it made it so convenient for people to vote, it encouraged voting because of increased access.Our county auditor Denise Dolan (now retired) has done a stellar job her entire career to make voting inclusive and easily accessible for all.This bill is a slap in the face to her and the legions of volunteers who help with early and mail in voting.We talk all the time about dismal voting turnouts, the young people dont vote etc. The bills being pushed through this year will no doubt have the undesired effect of turning young people away from Iowa.Instead of being progressive, we are moving backwards and I for one, am dismayed the turn our state is taking. I am opposed to this voter suppression bill. It is just wrong.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am strongly opposed to the bill being considered it would change I was voting laws. We should be passing laws that make it easier to vote so that no one is denied that right who is an eligible voter. It seems the bill is addressing a problem that does not exist and it has not existed in the past. I am greatly disturbed that the Iowa legislature feels the need to take up bills that are unnecessary and failed to address other issues within our state like homelessness mental health and the pandemic. Economic difficulties.
02-22-2021
Bradford Roark [Self]
CON
This bill is obviously designed to suppress voting in the State of Iowa. The greatest thing that any citizen of this state and country can do is to vote. The Iowa legislature should be diligently working to get its citizens more engaged and more involved by encouraging the vote. This bill must be defeated since it is an affront to the citizens of the state no matter what party or independent philosophy they chose to follow. Those who introduced this legislation should be ashamed of what they have offered here and should apologize publicly to the state's citizens. Of the people, by the people, and for the people only works if the people are allowed to express themselves through the power of voting.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Self]
CON
This law will make it impossible for those in protective (post abuse) living situations to vote.This law does nothing but interfere with individuals right to vote. End the games. Please vote against this bill.Thank you
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This is an attempt to severely restrict voting options in the state of Iowa!
02-22-2021
Christine corken []
CON
Please dont let this bill pass. It does nothing to help our election process. Anything that makes it harder to vote is clearly in democratic. I have full faith in our county auditors.Voting honestly is what Iowans do best. We do not need anything to make it harder to vote.
02-22-2021
Jordan Bles []
CON
This bill imposes unnecessary restrictions on the rights of Iowans to vote. We should be making it easier for everyone to vote, not harder.
02-22-2021
Nick Bergus [Self]
CON
I oppose this bill, which will make it harder for all Iowans to vote, and impossible for the public servants to help them.We heard from our US Senators, Iowas Governor, Iowas Secretary of State, as well as county auditors and members of the legislature from both sides of the aisle that Iowas 2020 elections were free, fair and secure, and that the rest of the United States would do well to follow our lead.So the rush to pass a law unanimously opposed by our county Auditors, who are entrusted with Iowas voting system, is clearly flawed. Do not pass this bad bill.
02-22-2021
Ann Abplanalp [Concerned citizen]
CON
Iowa elected leaders, please vote no against moving bill HF 590 forward. This bill , in essence, will suppress Iowa voters. In this past pandemic election, we saw an unprecedented number of absentee ballots mailed or handed in, which were PROPERLY COUNTED & DOCUMENTED by election officials. With record voter turnout in Iowa, and little evidence of voter fraud, I am wondering about the reasoning behind this bill other than possible voter suppression. Lets work toward helping make voting easier for Iowan voters instead of putting more restrictions as written in this bill. Since the majority of comments on this site are CON, I would expect, (since lawmakers are elected and need to listen to constituents,) this bill would be voted down.
02-22-2021
Carol Friedmann []
CON
In order to have a representative democracy voting needs to be accessible as possible. Gerimanding, making voting times and places more restrictive does not fit a fully representative democratic voting description we should be proud of. We had this more so in this last election and even with this was one of the most secure elections we have had. Why mess with the best we have elections both in security and voter representation. To clamp down restricting voter rights by availability by timing and location and method of voting is very poor choice. Vote against any moves to clamp down on voting availability!!!
02-22-2021
Bob Brown [CITIZEN]
CON
I am opposed to all aspects of HF 590. This legislation will make it more difficult for Iowans to vote.
02-22-2021
Barb Wheelock [none]
CON
Iowa's 2020 election process was safe and secure. Even with record turn out things ran smoothly and there were no major allegations of fraud. Given this, there is NO reason for such extensive changes to our voting laws, unless the goal is to make it harder for Iowans to exercise their right to vote. I have interacted with many elderly people, living alone with no caretaker or family members in the state. This bill restricts how these people can get their ballot request forms, then significantly decreasing the time to receive and return their ballots and on top of all that, you've taken away their option to designate someone to return their ballots.This example addresses only three of the unnecessary burdens this bill will put on Iowa voters.
02-22-2021
Rylea Anderson []
CON
The provisions of this bill would place a significant hardship on me to vote carefully and thoughtfully. I am a locum traveler nurse practitioner, often oncall in other towns or states, and would be unable to vote in person most of the time. Im still bound by the decisions of my representatives and make use of early/absentee voting every cycle. It is inappropriate to place additional restrictions on the working people of Iowa to have a voice in their local, statewide, and national leadership.
02-22-2021
Marianne G Marcek []
CON
I have sincere reservations about this bill. It lacks necessary research to support it. In addition, several cases at various levels of the judicial system including the Supreme Court didn't find improprieties in the election. The intent of a democracy should be to allow as many legal voters access to easy voting as possible. The benefits of absentee ballots for seniors, people with disabilities, and those without easy access to polls to name a few make the current system a positive for Iowans. Without research to back this bill and my belief that we must trust the judicial system, I urge you to vote against this bill.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I do not support HF590. There is no evidence showing fraud in Iowa's elections. We need to be making it easier for Iowan's to vote and not harder. My husband tried to vote early twice in Johnson County, but he didn't have time to wait an hour (plus) in line... shortening early voting to 18 days will only exacerbate this problem. Please vote no on HF590.
02-22-2021
Rev. Dave Kivett []
CON
I oppose this bill. Why respond to a successful election with record turnout and no evidence of fraud with a a bill making it harder to vote? This is not about protecting elections or listening to voters. This is a modern day version of a Jim Crow law. Say no to to this bill. Say NO to Jim Crow!
02-22-2021
Kathleen Shrosbree [N/A]
CON
Blatant VOTER SUPPRESSION! No! No! No!
02-22-2021
Nancy Wall []
CON
Why would anyone discourage voting ,after the biggest turnout and most successful election in recent history.So glad my tax dollars are going towards things that DON'T need fixing.Iowa's legislature is a national laughing stock after elected officials don't have to wear masks on the floor ,during a pandemic,but Lord if you show up in jeans you will be thrown out.Let's choose restricting jeans over wearing masks.Another scientific move.
02-22-2021
Sheila Myers []
CON
I am adamantly opposed to this bill and any bill that restricts voting rights and access to voting! My personal experience with absentee voting in the 2020 general election is this. I requested an absentee ballot and received a postcard from my county auditor saying they received my request. I checked the Secretary of State's website which indicated the date my absentee ballot was mailed. Two weeks went by and I still hadn't received it. So I called my county auditor and requested they void my original request and send a new ballot to me which they did. I received it a few days later and was able to vote in time but only had a few days to spare. If this proposed bill would have been in effect last fall, it's quite possible that my absentee ballot would not have counted. By the way, I never did receive my original ballot and this same thing happened to my daughter. I urge all lawmakers to vote no on this voter suppression legislation.
02-22-2021
Karen Weiss []
CON
We had a safe and secure election so I am totally baffl as to why anyone would want to make voting harder. This will negatively impact seniors, people with disabilities, and everyone for that matter. Please do not pass this bill.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Fraud in the election process has not been shown. We had the largest turnout in Iowa this past November. Despite lack of evidence of problems, this bill would make access to voting more restrictive, when we should be making voting even more accessible. It also imposes penalties for things that have not been shown to have caused problems of fraud.
02-22-2021
Nancy York []
CON
We all see this for what it is: voter suppression & it is despicable. I have voted by mail for the past 10 years, ever since going to the doctor & ending up hospitalized for 13 days. That taught me that unexpected illness can strike at any timeeven at election time. I don't ever want to take a chance that my vote will not be recorded. This is another reason for not striking people from voter rolls after 1 missed vote. As to voter signatures, I've had 2 friends who had hand surgeries this year. This would drastically alter their signatures if it occurred within the window of voting. Still another has Parkinson's disease. Her signature isn't recognizable from just 3 years ago. Stop trying to restrict voting!
02-22-2021
Carol Page [Constituent]
CON
We should be proud of the participation in regard to voting and should do all we can to remove road blocks. It is an embarrassment to see Iowa trying to suppress voting. What is the reason for contemplating this other than to suppress?
02-22-2021
Dana Taylor []
CON
Instead of making it harder to vote you should be making it easier. Why is it that republicans always just change the rules to rig the election in their favor when theyre having trouble winning? If you cant win on a level playing field then maybe you should adjust your strategy to better reflect the public opinion.
02-22-2021
Whitney Baker [Private Citizen ]
CON
This bill dismisses the good, hard work of county officials and volunteers who worked to ensure the 2020 election was safe and fair. I see no reason for this bill other than to suppress votes and make it for difficult for Iowans to exercise their right to vote. Please vote no on this bill.
02-22-2021
Lori Benz [None]
CON
I am strongly opposed to HF590. Despite record turnout during a pandemic where no significant voter fraud was found, Iowa Republicans feel the need to introduce legislation to address a nonexistent problem. The bill makes it harder for people to vote by reducing the time for early voting and mailin voting from 29 days to 18 days, making Iowas mailin voting period one of the shortest in the country. To further discourage voting, the bill would purge voters who fail to vote in one general election if they dont take affirmative steps to stay registered. These measures are intended to deliberately create obstacles for qualified voters to exercise their voting privilege. To what endcitizen disenfranchisement of a core activity that is a hallmark of a democratic society. This is not the forwardthinking state in which I have lived for my entire adult life. I urge you to oppose this bill to allow Iowans to readily vote for the government they want.
02-22-2021
Sue Dravis []
CON
I oppose attempts to make voting more difficult for Iowans. For everyone eligible to vote, the process should be made as simple and straightforward as possible...not with artificial hurdles put up obstacles. Tired of the political games made out of a process which has integrity and gives eligible Iowans accessibility. Please focus on addressing issues which help Iowans.
02-22-2021
Emily Paulsen []
CON
There is no substantiated voter fraud in Iowa. Iowa had record voter turnout in 2020 and we should be working to continue that trend. This bill does the opposite. Shortening early voting periods, increasing difficulty to access absentee ballots, limiting official ballot drop boxes and other measures that make it harder to vote are undemocratic. Please remember your responsibility is to ALL people of Iowa and therefore it is your duty to ensure that ALL people have full access to the ballot box.
02-22-2021
Nathan Paulsen []
CON
02-22-2021
Stephen C. Poortinga []
CON
This bill is clearly intended to make voting more difficult for Iowans for the express benefit of the Iowa GOP. Their goal is to discourage low income voters, and minority voters from participating in elections with the hope it will improve their electoral results in Iowa. If disenfranchising voters is the only way a party has a chance of winning an election, then that party deserves to lose. Voting is a right established by our founding fathers, it is not a privilege based on social status. Shame on the Iowa GOP.
02-22-2021
William Miller []
CON
A vote for this bill is a vote to abolish democracy. Voting by mail, early voting, drop off boxes increase voter access to this constitutional right. Instead of limiting these options pass legislation and funding that will empower auditors time and funding to more thoroughly review ballots. Removing voters after missing one election is ludicrous is an employee fired if they miss a day of work? There was no fraud in Iowa's last election making this bill totally unnecessary.
02-22-2021
LaDonna Manternach [BVM]
CON
Dear elected officials,This bill is a great concern to me. In order for democracy to work, citizens need access to the polls whether that information is collected at a site or via mail.During this past year, it has become evident to me that I need to be able to vote by mail. I do not understand why sending out an application form is a threat to the legitimacy of an election. For anyone unable to drive to the polls or get there in person at the time of the election, absentee ballots are a way to exercise their right to vote. There has not been a problem with this.Please do not add restrictions on our current system.I have to ask what legitimate concerns brought this up. Just because an election does not result in the expected outcome does not make it fraudulent. This bill restricting voter rights is antidemocracy.
02-22-2021
Cecilia Norris []
CON
We need to make it easier for people to vote, not harder! Voter fraud is almost nonexistent. Stop lying to the Iowa electorate. This is a bill to suppress the vote of those who face challenges getting to the polls. We want a democracy in this state which means that every legal voter should have not only be allowed to vote but assisted to vote if needed.
02-22-2021
Lynn Blair-Broeker []
CON
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Our elections are safe and legitimate, and everyone deserves to have the opportunity to vote in an accessible way. It's a thin argument that the types of changes proposed in this legislation would make our elections safer. The restrictions and changes outlined are aimed only at making it more difficult for US citizens to vote, not making it safer. For a country that constantly seeks more voter turnout and more democratic engagement, legislation like this is utterly ridiculous.
02-22-2021
Helen Burford []
CON
Do not punish Iowans for being good citizens. 2020 was a record turnout for everyone and every political party. This bill is vindictive and not for the people of Iowa.Why discourage people from voting by shortening early voting and making it onerous for the elderly, home bound and rural population? Do not take anyones voter registration away. How dare you legislate when and how often a person votes! And do not make it harder for voters to cure their ballotseveryone makes mistakes and then punish the Auditors office and their staff for helping citizens voteThis bill distrusts the people of Iowa and treats you and me as dishonest , unthinking citizens. Shameful!
02-22-2021
Karen Manning [6776 116TH AVE]
CON
This bill would make it harder for many citizens to vote. It would make the job of the County Auditors more difficult, and it would undermine the ability of those county auditors to do the job they were elected to do by their constituents.Therefore, I oppose the passage of this legislation
02-22-2021
Anonymous [na]
CON
We need to be encouraging and helping our citizens vote, not limiting them. This bill will impact people who are already the most disenfranchised: the disabled, elderly, & those in small, rural towns. It will also impact college students as well as those with limited time or resources to get to the polls. Is there any documented cases of voter fraud in Iowa in the latest election, where we had record numbers of voters able to use their vote to have their voices heard? Stop this bill and stop suppressing. voting
02-22-2021
Dorothy Drees []
CON
This is a voter suppression bill, aimed at limiting accessibility to our right to vote! This must be struck down now!!!
02-22-2021
Anonymous [n/a]
CON
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am against HF 590. Democracy is built on the participation of the people, and this bill would restrict the ability of people to participate. Vote NO.
02-22-2021
Richarde Hulley []
CON
Do not pass this voter suppression bill!!!
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Do not pass this voter suppression bill!!!
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This is a case of "if it ain't broke don't fix it." There is no other reason for these changes to Iowa voting other than to suppress the vote in favor of one party over the other. It's an outrageous power grab and must not be allowed to stand as law.
02-22-2021
AM Haines []
CON
Please don't pass this bill. We don't need these limitations added and it is discriminatory. You can make sure that Iowa can do better than this. Thank you.
02-22-2021
Truley Wingert [None]
CON
This bill is abhorrent and blatant voter suppression.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Why would a representative democracy want to make it more difficult for people to vote? Desperate power grab is so transparent.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
There is absolutely no evidence of voter fraud in the last general election, rather it was shown to be one of the most secure elections held. So why are our politicians using the absolute LIE that it was stolen by the new administrationa very dangerous lie that has caused violence and is still being tossed around by the Republican partyto make it more difficult for the people to be heard? I think this blatant attempt at voter suppression is appalling, and does not have the interests or the will of the people at heart. If you are concerned only with the sanctity of the vote then why is Election Day not even a holiday?
02-22-2021
Elizabeth Ahrens [citizen ]
CON
Iow has not shown voter fraud. We should not be making it more difficult for citizens to vote. I oppose this bill
02-22-2021
Barb Black []
CON
As was so recently demonstrated NOW is the time to shore up our democracy, not to weaken it. I grew up when Election Day meant that so many citizens were unable to vote. It was most often because they had to work but it was also due to unreliable transportation, childcare, illness. Over the last couple of decades, as a librarian working in a public library, I was witness to the impact that early voting had on the citizens in our community. Voting could be arranged around work schedules, weather gave people a chance to choose a day and voters were also able to choose from various locations that were more convenient to them. People on our community who worked in a city 30 miles away might not be able to make it before polls closed on a designated day.Iowa has a public reputation of being a beacon for democracy. I want to continue to feel that pride that we SUPPORT and ENCOURAGE citizens of all parties to be able to have the opportunity to participate in our democracy. VOTING IS A RIGHT AND A RESPONSIBILITY. Let iowa LEAD in printing that in any and every way possible!
02-22-2021
Jaimee Nicolino [Citizen]
CON
In a state where there have been no allegations or suspicions of wide spread voter fraud, this bill offers no real benefit to Iowans and lots of potential harm. Iowa has large groups of rural voters, elderly voters, shift workers all of whom benefit from the system as it currently stands. Make it easier for Iowans to exercise their RIGHT to vote, not harder!
02-22-2021
Kathy Cubit [Private citizen]
CON
This bill disenfranchises many people from their lawful right to vote. Why make it harder to vote? If the sponsors of this bill really support our state, they would want everyone to have adequate and easy access to voting and fulfilling their constitutional right to vote.
02-22-2021
Donna Hirst [Johnson County Interfaith Coalition]
CON
Reducing voting rights in our state is a terrible idea. We need to be expanding access to voting, not limiting it.
02-22-2021
Dennis Roseman []
CON
This bill has many parts. Each will end up restricting the number of LEGAL votes cast by Iowa Citizens (whether it is the intent or an unintended consequence of this legislation). There is no DOCUMENTED need for these restrictions. On a positive note what we should be doing instead of all this is to go to an mailin system such as other states have successfully done such as Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
02-22-2021
Karen Bradway []
CON
1. A shorter voting window will not mean a shorter campaign. As soon as I voted most of the campaign harassment stopped. Campaigns don't want to waste their time on someone who already voted.2. The U.S. Constitution was written so that "We, the People" will be heard, not silenced.3. There have been no reports of fraud in Iowa voting. The one contested race does not allege fraud and is being handled exactly the way the law allows.4. Arguing that a shorter voting window would increase voting defies common sense. Does curtailing study time lead to better test scores? Does curtailing playing time in a game lead to higher scores? Mathematically absurd reasoning.
02-22-2021
Susan Broadbooks []
CON
There is no evidence that any of the measures in this bill are necessary. The rhetoric in support of this bill aligns with "The Big Lie" that the 2020 election was fraudulent. This bill preys on people who have been misguided by conspiracy theories and lies. The backers of this bill are seeking power and voter suppression, not secure elections. Our own Secretary of State holds up our elections as secure. This bill in its entirety should be scrapped.
02-22-2021
Brittan Ostby [Concerned Iowa Voter ]
CON
This bill will make it harder for Iowans to vote. We should be doing everything we can to make sure every voice is heard in our elections. This does not do that. This is a mistake, and is nothing more than voter suppression.
02-22-2021
Matt Russell [Iowa Interfaith Power & Light]
CON
Iowa Interfaith Power & Light opposes this legislation because we are deeply committed to our state continuing to make it easier not harder for every Iowan eligible to vote to do so. There are many provisions in this legislation that in fact makes it harder, not easier for Iowans to cast their votes. While there are serious problems throughout this legislation, I want to raise a particular aspect about the shift from defining how a person can help a voter cast their absentee ballot to defining who can help a voter cast that ballot. Defining who can help a person cast a vote by family relationship is an ineffective and highly problematic way to create election law. My family is a constructed family. I have experience where the members of our family are not neatly categorized by father, mother, son, daughter, grandparent, etc. There are people who are part of our household and extended family that we would want to help vote if we needed to. There are people across this state who no longer or never had family members that fall within the categories of eligible "family membership" this legislation would require. In an attempt to supposedly "protect the vote" this legislation creates a very unfair system that makes it much harder for people to vote who do not have a support system defined by a narrow definition of familial relationships.Further, this is not smart public policy. In order to enforce this legislation, county auditors would need to police not a process, which they are equipped and required to do, but to police family identity. This bill would require county auditors to enforce a system in which they will be throwing out votes based on having to figure out family situations that aren't the reality for hundreds of thousands of Iowans. This creates a burden on the county auditors and wholesale inequality in voting for thousands of Iowans. We just had an incredibly effective election: huge numbers of Iowans voting, very secure vote casting and tabulating, and thousands of volunteers helping Iowans especially those with limited accessibility cast their votes. The 2020 elections in Iowa should be celebrated. Our elections officials did an amazing job. Instead of expanding on this success, this bill goes backwards in many ways, but especially in setting up an unfair system based on familial status and making it categorically more difficult for county auditors to do their job and follow the law.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Ames Resident]
CON
02-22-2021
Michele Welter []
CON
I oppose this bill.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [speaking for myself]
CON
I do not agree that the early voting and mailin voting should be shortened. I do not agree that votes should be purged from voting rolls after one failure to vote.I do not agree that auditors should be punished for minor isuues. Iowa does not have a problem with illegal voting and efforts to reduce voting is undemocratic and immoral.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Thank you!
02-22-2021
Lu Ann White []
CON
The proposed bills and efforts to limit absentee ballot voting and time for voting, and access, clearly hurts Iowans. There are so many elderly and disabled in Iowa who cannot go in person to vote and need to use absentee ballots. Often persons needing to vote absentee do not have a nearby relative or household member or caretaker to assist them to deliver the ballot, but must rely on a friend, neighbor, or community member. For example, a lady on my street in Johnston cares for her elderly mother and can't leave her alone, and can't take her with her to drive to deliver the ballot. She needed help from someone else in the neighborhood to deliver her ballot and her mother's. This is in Johnston. This happens all over the state. I helped my mother in assisted living. It took two weeks to receive another copy of her voter ID because visitors were not allowed in her apartment for me to search for her card. It then took more days to arrange a time to see her for a visit allowed once every two weeks to assist her. The shortening of time would most likely prevent her from being able to vote in the future.Please do not restrict access to absentee ballots, the time for being able to vote absentee, or the ability to have the ballots delivered. This is so disenfranchising to Iowans who need our help, not roadblocks and acts preventing them from exercising their right to vote. Lu Ann WhiteJohnston, Iowa
02-22-2021
Anonymous [none- Iowa resident]
CON
I am strongly opposed to the measures proposed in HF 590. Instead of increasing access of eligible Iowans to vote in elections, this bill seeks to make it increasingly difficult for an eligible voter to cast a legal vote. Voter turnouts soared in 2020 thanks to the efforts of state and local election officials to decrease barriers to voting during a global pandemic. This is exactly what we should be seeking making it easier for Iowans to vote, not more difficult! I ask all legislators to vote AGAINST HF 590.
02-22-2021
Anita Christensen []
CON
Our own Secretary of State said there is no evidence of voter fraud in Iowa. We have no reason to make voting more difficult for anyone. If we want to live up to the ideals of our country, we should be making it easier, not harder.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [20/20 Vision]
CON
02-22-2021
Pat Spangler [League of Women Voters]
CON
I oppose HSB 213 because it will limit and inconvenience Iowa voters. When I taught school in Pocahontas, Parent Teacher Conferences were always scheduled on Election Day night. Getting to the poll to vote was difficult for parents and teachers because it was a busy day and night. It would would have been easy to forget to vote!Being able to vote in advance and by mail ensured that the school community and parents could vote.Iowans need 29 days for mail in voting as well as early voting locations and more than 1 drop box in each community. People who are hospitalized long term or travel for work need these supports to allow them to vote.Also I disaprove of the removal of voters from the rolls if they miss 1 general election. This is a hinderance to voters because it would require them to have to register again. Thankyou!
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am disgusted at the disregard for suffrage in this state. Let as many citizens exercise this American right as possible.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Do not punish Iowans for being good citizens. 2020 was a record turnout for everyone and every political party. This bill is vindictive and not for the people of Iowa.Why discourage people from voting by shortening early voting and making it onerous for the elderly, home bound and rural population? Do not take anyones voter registration away. How dare you legislate when and how often a person votes! And do not make it harder for voters to cure their ballotseveryone makes mistakes and then punish the Auditors office and their staff for helping citizens voteThis bill distrusts the people of Iowa and treats you and me as dishonest , unthinking citizens. Shameful!
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am not in support of this bill. Voting is a basic democratic right that should be protected and made easier for all citizens especially those that may struggle to get to a polling place on a set day during set hours. I am unsure why the legislature believes there is an issue with the length of absentee voting, the requesting and sending out of absentee ballots and the ability of counties to establish satellite voting stations. It seems particularly suspect that satellite voting stations are able to be established with 100 eligible electors requested such site. Why would you make this a step either there is a fraud problem at satellite voting stations or not. And the removal of voters from the voter registration list after not voting in the most recent general election affects vulnerable citizens.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Nancy L. Purington LLC]
CON
Please. Be just.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Citizen of IOWA]
CON
I can't even believe THIS is how you're beginning your session. of ALL the things wrong with IOWA.... our Voting system isn't one of them. each of you GOT ELECTED with the current system.a vote to Change it WILL be HIGHLY visible and you might not be so lucky NEXT election.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [N/A]
CON
This is obvious voter suppression. It's so obvious! Please don't make another poor decision. Voting should be encouraged, not suppressed.
02-22-2021
Erin Hytrek []
CON
I am appalled that our legislature is spending their time amending voting laws rather than working on COVID issues like getting our vaccine distribution program working! According to the Sioux City Journal: "More than 1.7 million Iowans cast a ballot in the 2020 general election, the most in state history. Statewide turnout was 76%, one of the highest rates in the nation. Every county had at least 65% turnout, and 14 surpassed 80%." "The results were recordbreaking turnout with no reported cases of election fraud."So you are working on "fixing" something that is NOT a problem. I am adamantly opposed to all of the measures proposed. Especially disenfranchising is the change for absentee ballots from 29 days to 18 and the change in the number of drop box locations. What is the reason for any of this? There was NO fraud. So why limit Iowans ability to vote? Rather than using the excuse of trying to make elections more secure, *educate* your "worried" constituents about measures already in place and the fact that there was no fraud. People believe that lie because no one is telling them otherwise. Stop disenfranchising voters. Stop chipping away at our right to vote. Do you jobs. Make Iowans lives better. Help our schools. Help our healthcare workers. Help our businesses. Stop trying to suppress voting in this state.Sincerely,Dr. Erin Hytrek
02-22-2021
Seth Moore []
CON
At a time when confidence in government is so low, the last thing we need is to prevent more citizens from having a say in how they are represented. This bill is designed to limit voter's access to the polls and as such can only harm the public's confidence in government further. I find the provision that would automatically deactivate the registrations of voters who miss a single election extremely egregious in its abuse of voters, many of whom vote in every presidential election but skip the midterms. The fact that this and other provisions in this bill would statistically favor one party over the other is obvious. If you can't win elections without limiting voter access, you don't deserve to govern.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am opposed to this bill. It is an attempt at GOP voter suppression that is spreading through the country. GOP continues to support "The Big Lie" regarding the 2020 Presidential election. I can say that this bill, along with the bill banning the 1619 Project, and the University tenure bills, are a big turnoff to a voter. The GOP is displaying racist views. It is offensive. Vote Blue no matter who for eternity!
02-22-2021
Bridget Finnegan []
CON
I am horrified that there is legislation to suppress the vote in Iowa. We have always led the way in early and mailin voting. We had a secure election in 2020 and no evidence of voter fraud. We need to take steps to make our voting process MORE inclusive, not less. I do not support this bill. You need to listen to those that elected you and not personal agendas. Please do what is right fit the state of Iowa!
02-22-2021
Nanci A Neubauer []
CON
The Constitution, written in 1787, is the "supreme law of the land" because no law may be passed that contradicts its principles. No person or government is exempt from following it. It is a democracy because PEOPLE govern themselves. It is representative because PEOPLE choose elected officials by free and secret ballot. It is a republic because the Government derives its power from the PEOPLE. I disagree with this bill because it will decrease access to voting. If anything, time would have been better spent on agreed upon procedures in the instances of: an absentee envelope that will not seal properly; contacting people that did not fill out their absentee ballot correctly; and any other reason that someones ballot was not counted in this last election.
02-22-2021
Karl Schilling []
CON
I am a retired investigator having worked for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission for upwards of 25 years. From the beginning it was drilled into me that actions and conclusions must be evidence based. There is no evidence that would lead to a a conclusion that there has been election fraud in Iowa in any of Iowa's elections. There is also no evidence that any of the steps recommended in this legislation would have a significant affect on voter fraud in future elections. The steps taken in this legislation will only make it harder for some to vote, especially the elderly and disabled. We should be doing all we can to make it as easy as we can for all citizens to participate in our democracy. Thank you.
02-22-2021
Alfred Davis [Self]
CON
I can't see any value in restricting voter access. Thanks, Al
02-22-2021
Mike Hampton [Henry Co Democrats]
CON
As an old Government teacher I oppose this legislation. We do all we can to encourage the exercise to vote in all elections. We have the highest turn out of Iowans voting in 2020 and what do we get but a slap in the face to participate. Does not make sensewe should be trying to get more participation not finding ways to limit the right to vote. How many issues of thousands of voters did we have in Iowa?VOTE NO!!!
02-22-2021
Mira Moore []
CON
This is voter suppression at its worst. I vehemently oppose.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I strongly oppose HF 590. Iowa does not need a voter suppression law.
02-22-2021
Kim Spangler [concerned citizen]
CON
I am opposed to HF 590. It clearly is taking voting rights away from all people in many ways. Simply put it is a clear cut example of voter suppression. What is the purpose of this bill other than to restrict voter access and in many cases make it difficult for many sectors of our population to be fully represented.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-22-2021
Mitchell Callahan [1]
CON
These proposed changes to the voting procedures of Iowa are truly evil and clearly being driven by the record turnout across the state in the last election. It is clear that the Republican controlled assembly is careful that by allowing as many Iowans to participate in democracy they just might have to actually be put in a place where they have to be accountable to the voters. This change to the early voting laws are absurd and a clear indicator that some Iowa Republican legislators are becoming radicalized, out of touch, suppressive, and antidemocracy. The Secretary of State one of yours spoke very highly of the way the 2020 election was carried out and there were zero cases or facts so far that have indicated that absentee ballot, County Auditors, and drop boxes need any further limitations imposed on them. I was a voluntary poll worker for the first time at the last general election in Polk County and it was ran incredibly well and even as a first timer I saw that we were getting the right people who were validated voters to the right locations, ballots, and forms if need be. These changes to the laws will disenfranchise (by design) certain types of workers, age and population demographics, and even those with different physical capabilities and access to transportation.It will also impact busy people who want to spend their time generating value for the Iowa economy AND participate in its democracy. Instead of being able to gene rate excess value for companies and small businesses here in Iowa this will be forcing people to waste their time waiting in lines at polls stealing productivity from Iowa business.Not to mention the optics of this voter suppression laws will not bode well for a state that is a distant economic player to its norther, eastern, and southern neighbors. Young professional as, students, and knowledge workers WILL be dismayed by this law (among others) and entirely look past this state and it will be at the hands of these extremist, suppressive, anyoAmerican, antivoting bullshit laws.
02-22-2021
David W. Helman [none]
CON
There is no meaningful evidence any of this is necessary. Do no play us for stupid! Your sole purpose is to suppress the vote. Please tell us you have something better to do with your time. This endeavor is a forerunner to fascism and the undermining of Democracy. History tells us that. Please dedicate your time to fostering ways more can vote not less.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [na]
CON
02-22-2021
Tammy Shull [None]
CON
I am dismayed to the Iowa Legislature proposing this bill to make voting more difficult. Offering voters flexibility to vote early is critical to achieving high voter turnout. Shortening the period for early voting is not in line with the goal of making voting easier. I also feel that the auditors should be free to send out prefilled absentee requests to make the process easier and more efficient. Requiring that the voter deliver the ballot to a specified point that may be miles from their home is burdensome. Limits should not be placed on who can deliver a voter's ballot to that specified point.
02-22-2021
Mitchell Callahan [1]
CON
These proposed changes to the voting procedures of Iowa are truly evil and clearly being driven by the record turnout across the state in the last election. It is clear that the Republican controlled assembly is afraid that by allowing as many Iowans to participate in democracy as possible that they just might have to actually be put in a place where they have to be accountable to the voters. These changes to the early voting laws are absurd and a clear indicator that some Iowa Republican legislators are becoming radicalized, out of touch, suppressive, and antidemocracy. The Secretary of State one of yours spoke very highly of the way the 2020 election was carried out and there were zero cases or facts so far that have indicated that absentee ballot, County Auditors, and drop boxes need any further limitations imposed on them. I was a voluntary poll worker for the first time at the last general election in Polk County and it was ran incredibly well and even as a first timer I saw that we were getting the right people who were validated voters to the right locations, ballots, and forms if need be. These changes to the laws will disenfranchise (by design) certain types of workers, age and population demographics, and even those with different physical capabilities and access to transportation.It will also impact busy people who want to spend their time generating value for the Iowa economy AND participate in its democracy. Instead of being able to generate excess value for companies and small businesses here in Iowa this will be forcing people to waste their time waiting in lines at polls stealing productivity from Iowa business.Not to mention the optics of this voter suppression laws will not bode well for a state that is a distant economic player to its northern, eastern, and southern neighbors. Young professionals, students, and knowledge workers WILL be dismayed by this law (among others) and entirely look past this state and it will be at the hands of these extremist, suppressive, antiAmerican, antivoting laws.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I do not see the benefits to Iowans within this bill. I believe many people need extra time to make sure they are able to vote. Not everyone can make it to a polling place on Election Day so early voting options are the only way to have their voices heard, unless you dont want to hear their voices? This bill should go no further.
02-22-2021
Lucy Martin [Story County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections]
CON
Iowa has long tradition of serving voters that most other states could only hope to replicate. Destroying that legacy is senseless. Yet this proposed legislation would do just that. It serves no one. It is an affront to voters, election administrators, and local control. In the midst of a pandemic, in November of 2020, almost the exact same number of voters voted in Story County as in 2016. 60% of voters chose to vote by absentee (it's normally 40%). Twothirds those ballots were sent by mail. Even more striking, in the June Primary of 2020, when all registered voters were sent a request form and absentee voting was expanded under emergency directive to 40 days, Story County had a 300% increase in turnout. An expanded absentee period increases turnout. The legislators who proposed this bill and those that support it are afraid of their own voters. Everyone in the legislature is there because of the system we have in place. Why are they determined to destroy it? One of my senators (Jesse Green) stated "we need to be in line with the national average for the window of absentee voting" Why? Do we shoot for the middle for our children's schools? Are we aiming to be average in soybeans? In pork products? In wind power? Why would any legislation be considered to make us average when we have been the best? This bill makes a mockery of our great state.
02-22-2021
Gregory Hauenstein []
CON
Please vote no on this bill. Voting should be made easier, not harder. Vulnerable populations, like seniors, will be left out because of these reforms. Furthermore, this will do absolutely nothing to change the timelines of campaigns like Speaker Grassley has suggested.
02-22-2021
Monique Shore [Citizen]
CON
Early voting and absentee voting options create an environment for higher voter turnout and engagement. It makes it easier for the elderly and those who have mobility or transportation issues to vote. It makes is easier for those who work long hours with little flexibility in their schedules to get to the polls on election day to vote. Early voting eases Election Day congestion, leading to shorter lines and improved pollworker performance. It allows election officials to correct registration errors and fix voting system glitches earlier. Iowa should be proud of the record turn out we had in 2020 in the midst of a pandemic. A record 1.7 million voters participated, a nearly 76% turnout. No major allegations of fraud surfaced. The many efforts put forth by our election officials should be celebrated and a commitment should be made to continue these efforts in future elections.
02-22-2021
Sally Tarasoff []
CON
The proposed changes to how Iowans will vote are voter suppression. Its uncalled for as there is ZERO evidence of voter fraud in the recent election, therefore it is patently obvious your party does not want peopl to vote because when they do, you lose. This is despicable.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Individual]
CON
02-22-2021
Nancy Sojka []
CON
Voting should be easier, not harder!
02-22-2021
Anony mous []
CON
The speed of SF413 AND HF 590 being pushed thru is farcical. Voter fraud in Iowa is an excuse to propel this forward. Please review the Iowa Sec of State study. There are so many other things that could be done to benefit Iowans.
02-22-2021
Elizabeth Lundberg []
CON
I am strongly opposed to this voter suppression bill. The changes proposed in this bill would create longer lines for inperson voting, ensure that fewer mailed in votes would be counted, pointlessly penalize any voter who makes a clerical error, end ballot chasing and ballot curing efforts by any political party or campaign, and purge eligible voters for no legitimate reason.We should all be working to expand access to voting, not restrict it. In a functional democracy, politicians and parties have to work for their constituents, put forward and fight for popular legislation, and answer to voters. They should not fear, hamstring, and choose their own voters. They should not use disingenuous claims about supposed fraud to hold onto their power in spite of what the people actually want.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This bill would restrict voting, not expand it. The goal of the legislature should be to make it easier for people to vote, not more difficult.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
It is not clear what this bill is trying to solve, beyond making it harder for people to vote or run for office. It should be clear from the 2020 election cycle that making it easier to vote is in everyone's best interest. Instead the legislature has crafted a bill that's directly aimed at the largest population centers in the state in a blatant partisan attack on voting. The opposite of this bill should be proposed, standardizing the approach making it easier to vote, as exemplified by the steps attempted by Linn County in the last election cycle.
02-22-2021
Carol Daly [Carol Daly Yoga, LLC]
CON
To date, I have not seen any evidence of voter fraud in our state. Without evidence the question of why this legislation is needed must be addressed. A record number of Iowans participated in the 2020 election. These voters represented both parties Republicans as well as Democrats. The legislation proposed would potentially reduce the participation of registered voters in future elections. If this is not the intention, HF 590 should be dropped.
02-22-2021
Marlene Hanson []
CON
02-22-2021
Mary Ann Fisher []
CON
I whloeheartedly agree with all those opposed to this bill for all of the reasons stated.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Citizen]
CON
Voting should be made easier and accessable to all registered voters, not harder
02-22-2021
Laura Gibson []
CON
02-22-2021
Jeff Fager []
CON
This bill is an attempt to create a "solution" where no problem exists. In a true democracy, voting should be easy and open to all that are eligible. Restrictions on openness is merely an attempt to suppress the votethe very antithesis of a healthy democracy.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Does my voice matter only if I am an organization?]
CON
My elderly Republican parents will be less likely to vote if they can not vote by mail. Did a Democrat introduce this bill?No organization should be speaking for the people if we truly value Iowans. IOWANS FIRST.
02-22-2021
Christine Schlotfelt []
CON
State Republican legislators are afraid of losing elections so they are trying to keep Iowans from voting. This entire bill is written to make it harder for all Iowans to vote, including older Iowans who tend to vote for GOP candidates. That is not the way Democracy works. Legislators should be working to help Iowans, and then they would not need to fear the peoples' votes. To purge the rolls if you miss one election is outrageous! To charge hardworking election officials with felonies and threaten them with jail sentences is also outrageous. Republican legislators need to work on the real problems in our state instead of wasting time trying to solve a problem that doesn't even exist.
02-22-2021
in Davenport []
CON
It's time we move on from anxious handwringing brought on by interests outside of Iowa and likely outside of the country. Our voting system has been found to work with very little fraud. The last election was a huge success in terms of people showing interest and voting. To represent the people is to amplify their voice. The vote is their primary voice.We need to move beyond these broken party platforms and start doing your job to improve our state for EVERY Iowan, regardless of party affiliation.Don't muffle the elderly. Don't muffle the physically disabled. Don't muffle any Iowan. Stop trying to smother us and start working to lift the people and our state up like we used to do.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Why are Republicans hellbent in their efforts to stop people from voting? AND making it HARDER for people to vote? Stop Republicans from taking away your right to vote!
02-22-2021
Edwin E Frederick, Jr. []
CON
I have been voting by absentee ballot for years. It is convenient for me and considering the pandemic, it's a safe way to vote.DO NOT PASS THIS BILL!!
02-22-2021
Rev. Gary Nims []
CON
I am a retired United Methodist pastor. Speaking personally I am not in favor of reducing the time available for voting prior to Election Day, HF 590I support the right of every citizen to participate in public elections, and Im against making it more difficult for people to do that. For example, shortening the time period could make voting more difficult for a number of Iowans. A shorter time period in which to vote could make it more difficult for voters to correct ballots they have submitted which have been rejected for procedural errors to their ballot. It gives less time for them to learn of the error and to submit a new corrected ballot.Another group of voters who might unintentionally be excluded are Iowans living overseas. The current available time period in which to vote gives them time to request a ballot, use it, and return to their county auditor with some leeway in the mailing process from overseas. There is much less assurance in many places in the world that the ballot would arrive in time to be counted in a shorter time. Some might say that would only affect a relatively small number of Iowans. Their right to vote is equal to any other Iowan who can vote in person.Finally, I understand there are Iowans who are in favor of limiting the time available to vote in advance because they are irritated by the number of mailings and phone calls they receive from organizations encouraging them to vote and perhaps to vote early. Limiting the time available would do nothing to minimize the number of phone calls and mailings, or when they begin. It would only perhaps change the wording of the contact. It would have nothing to do with the frequency..These are some of the reasons Im opposed to HF 590. I ask you to reject it.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am strongly opposed to this bill that will work to suppress the vote of Iowans. Iowa needs safe and secure elections, but I believe that our elections have always been free from voter fraud. The only reason to suppress the vote is to try to ensure power in the hands of the Republican Party. Iowans should be allowed to choose their elected officials, whether they are away at school, physically unable to get to the polls. Make it easier, not harder. Please, for the benefit of all Iowans, please do not pass this bill.
02-22-2021
Judith Heggen []
CON
So I guess this bill is meant to curb nonexistent voter fraud?? But what it does is severely limit the opportunities for the elderly and handicapped to vote. It actively discourages voting instead of encouraging voting, which is what the legislature should be addressing!! It is a blatant effort by Republican legislators to limit Democrats from voting.
02-22-2021
Vicki Nordskog []
CON
02-22-2021
Julie Dunne-McKee [Mahaska resident]
CON
Im strongly opposed to HF 590. We should be making voting easier for every Iowan, not more difficult. Every vote counts!
02-22-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
02-22-2021
Luke McKee []
CON
I do not agree with this bill and it should be voted down. Iowa needs free and fair elections with maximum availability to all legal voters. Please dont let unfounded rhetoric cast doubt on our election process. We have a reliable voting system now that includes all Iowans.
02-22-2021
Hope Johnson []
CON
These proposals reduce opportunities for Iowans to exercise their right to vote, and those most affected will be the disabled and elderly. These proposals solve no existing problems. Stop it.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Thank you for giving the public a chance to way in.
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02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I stand against HF 590 as a form of voter suppression.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Voting went very well here last election there is NO reason to change things. Sounds and looks to me someone or ones have an agenda. Keep our voting fair and open to everyone, it is our right ad a citizen. Please FO NOT pass
02-22-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
There is very little evidence of voter fraud in Iowa elections, so why do you feel the need to change the system? It appears to me that the reason is voter suppression. That is shameful. This bill is not necessary. The voting system in Iowa is functioning well as it is. This change to the voting laws is unnecessary, and I do not support it.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I believe this bill proposes multiple and parallel efforts to increase voter suppression in our state. Instead of restricting voters (severely, in the case of some of the proposed changes), we should be focused on increasing voter engagement and enabling accessible voting options for all.
02-22-2021
Sarah Quinn []
CON
I don't see what the problem is that this bill is supposed to address. Too many people voting? ButI could see reducing the time window to 21 days. It might make sense, to give more time to get the blank ballots in place before voting begins. Another change to make it easier to vote would be to make early voting just like voting on election day instead of going through the mistakeprone process of requesting an absentee ballot. Another improvement would be the filledin absentee ballot request form. It is just so much more efficient and easy why not allow that?
02-22-2021
Elizabeth G Noyes []
CON
I am alarmed that this bill to restrict access to voting is being considered in the lowa legislature. As legislators they should make every effort to encourage voter participation by offering a longer early voting time period. Furthe, purging a voter for failing to vote in an election is punitive and wrong. There are many valid reasons for not voting in a particular election. Finally, mailin ballots are a huge help to seniors and people with disabilities or those lacking transportation. There should be nofault mailin ballots for all elections. The GOP legislature in Iowa, along with those in other states, are attempting to legislate to limit voter participation. Wrong for democracy in Iowa.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
Abraham Lincoln stated Elections belong to the people. Your job as a legislator is to protect the ability of all citizens to freely participate in an election. Making voting more difficult and denying county auditors the ability to serve their constituents is absolutely counter to those aims. The vote is fundamental to the principles of selfgovernance and should only ever be limited when there is clear and convincing evidence of wrongdoing. In other words, constraints on the franchise must uphold the strictest scrutiny for necessity of action. This bill fails that test and should be rejected by all legislators.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Iowa State University ]
CON
After one of the most successful general elections in Iowa with high participation (and NO evidence of fraud whatsoever) it is cruel to try and roll back on opportunities to cast a ballot. Voting is sacred to our democracy and we should be doing all we can to protect and promote voting. If Iowas election showed you anything, it should be that increased turnout does not necessarily swing votes in one direction or the other. We should be building off of the excellent turnout in 2020 instead of trying to add restrictions at every level. Vote no on this bill.
02-22-2021
DON ERICKSON [Iowa Resident ]
CON
We should be expanding voters accessibility, not suppressing. This bill is the complete opposite of what a free country should stand for. Its this type of policy that is holding Iowa back from the great growth opportunities we have. Do what is right and stop the progression of this bill.
02-22-2021
David W Meyer [Self]
CON
In defense of democracy it is important for us to do everything possible to make it easier for people to vote. This bill makes it more difficult for people to vote especially those with that are disadvantaged have to work multiple jobs or traditionally have had their votes suppressed. More people need to be engaged for a thriving democracy not less engaged. No excuse absentee balloting, automatic voter registration, and convenient locations expanded early adequate voting time is necessary for a democracy to thrive.There has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Iowa or anywhere else that has shown that the Proposed changed are necessary as outlined in the bill. To make these steps is to acknowledge the big lie that there's widespread voter fraud.Therefore I urge rejection of this proposed bill.Thank you.
02-22-2021
Mary Brucker [n/a]
CON
I do not support this at all. This will make it more difficult for Iowans to vote. We should be making voting easier and increasing the time in which we can vote absentee.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [NA]
CON
Stop suppression of the vote
02-22-2021
Mitch Henry [League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa ]
CON
We should encourage Iowa voters to participate in the electoral process not limit their access to voting. The bill would cut the state's mail and inperson early voting period from 29 days to 18 days. Just a few years ago, Republican legislators shortened the period from 40 days to 29 days. This bill would limit voting access for the elderly, handicapped, college students and lower income citizens.
02-22-2021
Sandra Ostendorf []
CON
This bill is a slap in the face to all the dedicated citizens and county workers who run our elections. There is no evidence of voter fraud in our elections, so there is no reason for any rule changes. This proposal does nothing but discourage Iowans from exercising their constitutional right to vote and may disenfranchise many including individuals with disabilities or victims of assault. I encourage the committee to vote no and get on to the more important topics that can affect positive change for Iowans.
02-22-2021
Allen Hansen []
CON
I believe it is important to have a fair and consistent voting process. I also believe that every eligible voter should get the opportunity to cast a ballot, regardless of party affiliation. This bill seems restrictive for no reason. With record turnout recently, why limit the opportunity to vote. Seems we should be trying to ensure all voices are heard.
02-22-2021
Elizabeth Pilkington []
CON
I am opposed to any legislation that results in voter suppression. With the right wing extremists in the current legislature, the next step will be requiring certain citizens to pass a test before they are allowed to vote. Come on, iowa. We are better than this. We should be empowering our citizens to vote not making it harder for them.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [private citizen]
CON
I read, with disbelief, the sweeping voting restrictions in SSB 1199. I urge you, in the strongest words possible, to rescind this entire bill. All citizens of Iowa deserve the widest latitude in voting possibilities for a civil, representative government.Davenport, IA
02-22-2021
Betsy L West []
CON
I am a senior citizen concerned with shortening the period for absentee ballots as we are seeing increased problems with longer times for mail delivery. I also am a strong believer in making voting EASIER not harder. A longer period for early voting benefits all of us with potential problems with weather, transportation et al. While I think making voting uniform across the state is an easy argument, the reality is that all areas of Iowa are not the same. It is appropriate to allow elected auditors plan the location go satellite polling locations, secure ballot boxes, et al to better serve the voters in their region.It is not difficult to ensure fraud free voting at the same time that our policies encourage active participation in this most sacred citizen right.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am dismayed to see our leaders spending time reducing access to voting in Iowa elections. This proposed bill would make it more difficult for Iowans to access elections. This proposed bill will make it harder for older Iowans, Iowans living in rural communities, families, and working Iowans to vote. I strongly oppose this bill and encourage our state leaders to focus on actual issues facing our citizens.
02-22-2021
Ma to sha pilger []
CON
I have been a political activist since the 1960s. I will call when the civil rights bill was passed and I was an active us for that situation. I believe it is time that we act like Americans and quit trying to disenfranchise our citizens. I would like to speak to this issue thank you
02-22-2021
Mary Tarnoff [Mrs.]
CON
I am 65 years old, my husband is 70. Voting by mail is the best choice for us. Going to a polling place is not an easy thing for us. Even standing in line waiting to vote is hard on my husband.It was so convenient to automatically receive our ballot request from the secretary of state. We didn't have to call anyone to ask for a ballot (no long waits on hold while someone gets to your call). No messing with websites to request them (some of my friends don't even have internet).Voting should be easy. Ballot requests should be sent out automatically to every registered voter. I don't like this bill because it makes it harder for me and people my age to vote.Also, purging someone from the voting lists if they miss a voting cycle is absurd. Please don't do that.
02-22-2021
Linda Quinn []
CON
This bill is about disenfranchising voters. It goes against our democratic process. Why is it needed? It does not protect elections or enhance voting efforts. It will hurt Iowans participation and voice in government.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am opposed to this bill because I believe it will make it more difficult for people to vote and will definitely suppress a democratic election. Our own secretary of state has said that Iowa does not have fraud issues in elections. The only reason I see for this kind of bill is to attempt to limit peoples access to voting. I have voted in every election since I was 18 years old and I am currently 74. I see no reason to make changes in our voting process except to limit peoples ability to vote. As someone said earlier why fix something that isnt broken.Please reconsider this bill and vote it down.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Retired]
CON
Pure and simple this is just another Republican attempt to suppress votes. The minorities and elderly have been repressed long enough by gerrymandering and other methods. VOTE NO!
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Don't mess with our current election laws and schedules. We like it just the way it is.
02-22-2021
Susan Krisko []
CON
We do not have an election fraud problem in Iowa. These laws are obviously about trying to suppress votes in an effort to maintain control.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Our voting system worked extremely well in the 2020 election.We had record turnout which demonstrates the system works.,The right to vote is an inherent right. Trying to curtail ways to vote is against that right. This is not what Iowa stands for. The 2020 was the most clean election so lets keep the voting process we have.
02-22-2021
Fred and Betty Krueger []
CON
Please vote NO on bill HF 590, which will make it unresonably difficult for many Iowans to exercise their right to vote.
02-22-2021
Kelly Sass [N/A]
CON
Laws should not be changed to make voting more challenging for the citizens of Iowa. Keep the current system allowing for adequate time for absentee, early and mailin voting as needed by your constituents. The elderly, disabled and working poor are significantly disadvantaged by shortening these time frames or reducing access.
02-22-2021
Alex Body []
CON
I do not understand what problem this legislation is meant to solve. I do not understand why the Iowa Legislature would pursue policies that will make it harder for Iowans to vote. I do not understand why the Iowa legislature would pursue policies that will dissuade qualified people from pursuing public service by creating criminal penalties for a county election official's honest mistake.
02-22-2021
James C. Larew [N/A]
CON
02-22-2021
Nicole Weber []
CON
I am strongly opposed to this bill. There is no reason why Iowa should make voting in the state more difficult, especially after achieving record numbers of voter turnout in the last election with no evidence of increased voter fraud. This bill would make it more difficult for Iowans with disabilities to vote by limiting the resources available to them. It would also make it more difficult for any Iowan who goes to school in another state to request an absentee ballot so their voice may be heard. It would harm rural counties by limiting the number of drop boxes available in their county and thus increasing the travel distance in areas without public transportation.
02-22-2021
Robert Moore []
CON
This bill is horrifically voter suppressive. Do not pass this bill!
02-22-2021
John Kenyon []
CON
I am strongly against this bill. We should make it as easy as possible for people to vote. Changes made because of the pandemic show that if you give people more chances to vote, they will do so. Ours is meant to be a representative democracy, where ideas live and die based on their suitability, not because citizens are limited in their ability to weigh in on them. The rationales offered by the sponsors include the completely debunked issue of voter fraud and the fantasy that a short voting window will mean fewer calls and texts from campaigns. Annoying though they may be, those are a small price to pay for a system that allows every voice to be heard.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am strongly opposed to this bill. There is no reason why Iowa should make voting in the state more difficult, especially after achieving record numbers of voter turnout in the last election with no evidence of increased voter fraud. This bill would make it more difficult for Iowans with disabilities to vote by limiting the resources available to them. It would also make it more difficult for any Iowan who goes to school in another state to request an absentee ballot so their voice may be heard. It would harm rural counties by limiting the number of drop boxes available in their county and thus increasing the travel distance in areas without public transportation.
02-22-2021
Barb Peterson [moderate concerned Iowan]
CON
I have read the proposal before you and with no evidence of voter fraud in the last election wonder why this is being considered. It seemed to me there were very few negative issues or problems reported. So why do you want to make these changes? The only thing these measures do is make it much more difficult for normal, working, busy Iowans to vote. Please don't react to the lies that were spread by former President Trump. You represent all Iowans and this is discriminatory. Sincerely, Barb Peterson
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-22-2021
Pamela Hays [IHAN]
CON
I oppose all efforts to make it more difficult for citizens to vote.
02-22-2021
Tim McClimon [none]
CON
There are only an handful of ballots found to be fraudulent each election. This bill is a bill searching for a problem that does not exist. It is voter suppression plain and simple and should not be called by any other name.
02-22-2021
Clare Smith-Larson []
CON
This bill is driven by fear if losing future elections. Without severely limiting voting except on election days and in person, Republicans have determined that they might lose control of the power. So, they are putting up road blocks to all who might not be able to easily vote in person on election days.There should be NO place for fear in politics.
02-22-2021
Anne McClendon [N/A]
CON
Iowa had record voter turnout in 2020 in a free, fair, and SECURE election. This voter suppression bill simply feeds into false notions and would make it more difficult for the elderly and marginalized to have a voice in our state.
02-22-2021
Lindsey Hannan [NA]
CON
I am curious to the problem this bill is solving. We don't have a material history of voter fraud problems in this state. If anything, we have a problem getting voters to show up. Making it harder to vote should never be the goal of any institution that claims to be a democracy. I strongly urge you to vote no on this bill. Thank you.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This is completely unreasonable. DO NOT make it more difficult for Iowa residents to vote. There is no reason for it. This is a terrible idea.
02-22-2021
Frank Purdy []
CON
We should be making voting easier, not harder.Homeland Security/CISA have declared the ,2020 election the most secure in history. Any claim that this is meant to make voting more secure is nonsense as is the claim that it will reduce campaigning. It is in fact an attempt to disenfrachise voters.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
We need to encourage people to participate in their government, not make it harder! There were zero credible voter fraud complaints from the 2020 election, indicating Iowa is doing a great job and we do not need this bill. STRONGLY against this bill!!!
02-22-2021
Dixie Trebbe [Iowa Democratic Party and Pottawattamie County Democrats.]
CON
With the exception of certain life in prison sentences, there is no reason to prevent an Iowa citizen from voting. There should be 4 weeks of early voting and any registered voter should be allowed to vote by mail. Iowa has not had problems with illegal voting in the past and there is no legitament reason for creating problems now.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Citizen]
CON
I wish to speak in today's heating.
02-22-2021
phyllis lee []
CON
02-22-2021
Anonymous [N/A]
CON
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Self]
CON
There seems to be no valid reason to make voting more difficult. If we want to continue keeping all citizens involved in how government operates (as we should!) then why would we make it more difficult? The state of Iowa has done a great job preventing fraud, so why is this even relevant?
02-22-2021
Wally Taylor []
CON
This is clearly a voter suppression bill. Voting should be made easier, not harder. There has been essentially no voter fraud in Iowa; early voting is important for people who cannot get to the polls on election day; other states have had early mailin voting for years with no problem; and this bill would not make the political campaigns shorter. Local election officials should be allowed to help more people vote and make it easier to vote, not punished for doing so.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [KIMT News 3]
PRO
Neither pro nor con on the issue. I will be covering this for KIMT News 3 this evening. Thank you!
02-22-2021
Deborah Adams []
CON
In the absence of ANY criminal cases of voter fraud in the 2020 IA election, what can possibly be the motive to restrict voting? Abrogation of any voters rights is uncalled for, but especially those of disabled Iowans and domestic abuse victims. HF590 is a reactionary power grab Iowans wont forget in the next election, and it will be overcome, with fervor.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
I am opposed to this bill. I am 83 and live in an apartment building with many people who have various health challenges. We should not be trying to restrict the amount of time and places where and when we can vote. Thank you!
02-22-2021
Matt Regan []
CON
I am adamantly against this bill. There is no evidence of significant voter fraud, so this bill addresses a problem that does not exist. However, this would infringe on many citizens right to votethe most fundamental right on which our country is founded. Any attempt to add barriers to the voting process, or remove viable, safe, and secure voting methods is a direct attack on our representative government.
02-22-2021
Brian Nowosatka []
CON
Iowa's elections, as with most if not all elections, have been uncontaminated by fraud, nor any other conceivable reason for some of the proposed changes presented here, such as a time reduction for ballot requests and prohibition of mailing ballot applications. I would urge the legislature to consider changes in the opposite direction; that of increasing the opportunity and ease of voting.
02-22-2021
C. Kathleen Kerns [Please Select]
CON
I am opposed to HF590. In 2020 Iowa had one of the largest voter turnouts in recent times. Both Republicans and Democrats voted despite the Covid 19 Pandemic. This was due in part because of the Early, VoteByMail campaign. People felt safe voting. Everyone from elderly people to people who did shift work to students, snowbirds and parents with young children and no child care voted. It was an example of citizens getting involved in the process and fulfilling their obligation as citizens no matter wtheir party affiliation or lack thereof. In Iowa, the Republicans won most of the contests, so by limiting the time for early voting and changing the rules for mailinvoting you are denying both parties of our right to vote. Vote NO on HF590.
02-22-2021
Carolyn Hough []
CON
HF 590 is a voter suppression bill. By decreasing the window for early voting from 29 to 18 days, this legislation would increase election day lines and make inperson voting more difficult. This shortened early voting period will also make it all but impossible to redress spoiled absentee ballots.I am also disgusted that this legislation would shift a voter's registration to "inactive" if they miss an election. This is a thinly veiled attempt to purge registered voters from the rolls.HF 590 will diminish voter turnout and will suppress votes in Iowa.
02-22-2021
Teresa Osborn []
CON
I am opposed to this bill & to any bill that limits any citizens access to the vote. I have difficulty physically getting to the polls, standing in lines to vote or coming to the polls in bad weather make voting extremely difficult for me. Thanks to no excuse absentee voting I was able to vote in last couple of elections. A persons reasons for absentee voting should not be judged or determined as valid or invalid by any other voter. Also, any Bill that further restricts or limits the length of days or weeks available for absentee voting will limit the ability of voters to correct external envelope mistakes. I am opposed to any of the changes outlined in this bill. I also support allowing absentee votes to be counted the same day they arrive at the county auditors office before the election so absentee ballots dont pile up to be counted on the day before the election. I support increasing the number of official absentee vote drop boxes per county to bs determined by the county auditor. I also support expanding & not shrinking the absentee voting period for every election. I do NOT support anything that restricts any citizens access to the vote.We should allow permanent total population voting by mail as is done 5 other states with no significant evidence of voter fraud in any of those states. Every citizen should have the right to vote period. That includes prisoners, former prisoners, newly naturalized citizens; literally every citizen should have the full right to vote in every election. Voting is a right of citizenship not a privilege. Any Bill that restricts or impedes peoples access to voting abuses & denigrates democracy & it will never be acceptable to the majority of Iowas citizens. There is no significant voter fraud. Stop lying to Iowans about voting fraud. You may lie to yourselves & even convince yourselves of such groupthink. But claims of voter fraud are themselves fraudulent.I should have said that I vote in every election & have done so since I reach the eligible age to vote.
02-22-2021
Catherine Caitlin []
CON
Republicans are suppressing the vote for one reason: because they are afraid they will lose elections if they allow a free, fair vote for all. There is ZERO evidence of voter fraud, and no need for this ridiculous and overt voter suppression. Our democracy is based upon the people deciding who represents them, and the way we do that is by voting. This is a shameless effort to suppress the vote of the people of Iowa. We should be celebrating that we have had such great turnout but no, the Repugs would rather suppress that. This state Republican party is mean, cruel, does not represent the wishes of the people (not even Republicans in this state) and you should collectively be ashamed. I am against, against, against this terrible piece of legislation.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
I would like to understand how legislators feel that this bill will make it easier for Iowans of all ages, races, financial status and political parties to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote. How does this bill not limit and suppress the ability of Iowans to vote in all elections by limiting the amount of time and number of locations they can do so? What problem does this bill correct if enacted into law?
02-22-2021
Pam Mackey-Taylor [Sierra Club, Iowa Chapter]
CON
We ask that you oppose this bill. The 2020 election was very successful in getting people out to vote. Voters were given adequate time to request and file absentee ballots, were given options to vote in person prior to the election, and also could vote in person on election day. The voters should have similar experiences in future elections. There is absolutely no reason to reduce the number of days for absentee balloting or reduce satellite voting. Widespread fraud did not occur in 2020. The net result of this legislation will be that the vote will be suppressed. There is nothing in this bill that would shorten the campaign season, since there are no restrictions on the campaigning that can be undertaken. This bill is simply not needed.
02-22-2021
Jeff Bloomer [Voter]
CON
02-22-2021
Christine A. Curry [Concerned Iowa Voter ]
CON
I see NO reason to make changes to an election process that has been legitimately working for many many years. I'm extremely concerned that HF590 will impede any citizen, especially the disabled and elderly citizens who prefer to vote early for a number of reasons. Remember, Many voters who vote early, represent both political parties.
02-22-2021
Cindy Flanders [Retired]
CON
This bill is not needed. We want to encourage MORE Iowans to vote, not restrict their ability to do so.Leave the law the way it is. Voting last time was very convenient for me, I voted early. I wish to continue to do so, and it is great to be able to do it in advance of the election date.
02-22-2021
Katherine Beydler [University of Iowa]
CON
There is no significant evidence that additional access to early voting or absentee voting resulted in fraudulent voting. The goal of the state should be facilitating a voting process that is easily accessible to all individuals. Restricting the ability of anyone, but especially individuals for whom it might be difficult (like those with disabilities, care responsibilities, multiple jobs, or other factors) to vote early or absentee seems inexcusably harmful to election integrity. It is also a harmful overreach into countylevel election processes. Why in the world restrict ballot drop boxes? It makes no sense. I am strongly against this.
02-22-2021
Alex Stanton [Johnson County Auditor's Office]
CON
02-22-2021
Richard Bradford []
CON
I oppose all attempts to make voting more difficult. These kinds of measures, in addition to being unnecessary, fall especially hard on the poor & needy. These most vulnerable of our fellow citizens do not need more barriers put in the way of their full participation in society.
02-22-2021
Marie DeVries []
CON
No
02-22-2021
Qynne Anne Kelly [NA]
CON
Please vote against HF 590. There has been no evidence of voter fraud in Iowa. I fear this bill is meant to suppress Iowans in voting. We live in a democracy. We should be working to make voting MORE accessible not less. This bill is unfair to the citizens of this state.
02-22-2021
David A Krug []
CON
HF 590 is a blatant attack on the rights of Iowa citizens to vote. It is legislation in search of a problem that does not exist. That the Republican legislature is trying to shove this through with such reckless haste speaks LOUDLY to the sole purpose of the legislation which is voter suppression. The 2020 election with its expanded access to voting was the most successful election Iowa has ever had. We should be building upon that success rather than making it significantly harder to vote.The excessive compression of access to an absentee ballot and the turnaround time will result in the inability of individuals to respond in a timely manner.County auditors should be able to send out absentee ballot requests freely and without interference by the Republican legislature.There is not one thing in this bill that makes any sense. It is a bad bill that never should have seen the light of day. It needs to be buried as the stench coming from it is nauseating.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Anonymous]
CON
02-22-2021
Kara Vorwald []
CON
As a mother of 3. Ive voted early in the past. This was always so helpful to me to be able to even make it to the polls to vote. Please do not make it harder for Iowans, mothers, disabled, etc to be able to use our rights and vote.
02-22-2021
Jean Kaul-Brown [Urbandale Resident]
CON
The introduction of this bill, and its counterpart in the Iowa Senate, is deeply disturbing. Why are our legislators spending time addressing an "issue" that isn't one at all? The instances of voter fraud across our nation are miniscule; the instances of voter fraud in Iowa are even rarer.County auditors, the Secretary of State and their staffs worked harder than ever to ensure that elections in Iowa in November were free and fair. Why would we punish hardworking officials and make it harder for Iowans of all backgrounds to vote? It's hard to see this bill as nothing more than a continuation of "The Big Lie" that voting in our country isn't fair; it is fair, hardworking Iowans have ensured that is fair across our state. The introduction of this bill is a craven attempt to further the notion in certain echo chambers that voter fraud is a significant issue; the legislators that support this bill are undermining the constituents they have been elected to represent and wresting local control from the hands of county officials across Iowa for no good reason.Please vote NO. This legislature has already made it more difficult for Iowans to vote in previous sessions; enough is enough. We should be encouraging more Iowans to vote; not throwing arbitrary roadblocks in their way.Iowans are facing many challenges in February 2021; fraudulent elections is NOT one of those challenges. You have been duly elected by the people of Iowa now work on their behalf that will better their daily lives.
02-22-2021
Jean Kaul-Brown [Urbandale Resident]
CON
The introduction of this bill, and its counterpart in the Iowa Senate, is deeply disturbing. Why are our legislators spending time addressing an "issue" that isn't one at all? The instances of voter fraud across our nation are miniscule; the instances of voter fraud in Iowa are even rarer.County auditors, the Secretary of State and their staffs worked harder than ever to ensure that elections in Iowa in November were free and fair. Why would we punish hardworking officials and make it harder for Iowans of all backgrounds to vote? It's hard to see this bill as nothing more than a continuation of "The Big Lie" that voting in our country isn't fair; it is fair, hardworking Iowans have ensured that is fair across our state. The introduction of this bill is a craven attempt to further the notion in certain echo chambers that voter fraud is a significant issue; the legislators that support this bill are undermining the constituents they have been elected to represent and wresting local control from the hands of county officials across Iowa for no good reason.Please vote NO. This legislature has already made it more difficult for Iowans to vote in previous sessions; enough is enough. We should be encouraging more Iowans to vote; not throwing arbitrary roadblocks in their way.Iowans are facing many challenges in February 2021; fraudulent elections is NOT one of those challenges. You have been duly elected by the people of Iowa now work on their behalf that will better their daily lives.
02-22-2021
Sylvia Hollander [Voter]
CON
The contents of this bill are frankly ridiculous and show a complete disconnect and lack of understanding regarding the mechanics of election work in Iowa on the part of the bills authors and sponsors. This bill limits the time frame for mailed absentee ballots to 6 days, and in person voting to 14 days. This bill also makes election workers and county auditor staff members vulnerable to felony charges and fines of $10k for technical errors. In addition, this bill ensures that citizens can not be mailed absentee ballot request forms even if they call their county auditors office to request one. As someone who has been an election worker in my county for the past few years, all of the proposed legislation in this bill would restrict the voting rights of Iowans, and extremely complicate the jobs of election workers around the state. Six days is a ridiculous limitation to impose on absentee ballots considering the current state of the postal service, as well as the fact that absentee ballots are mailed all over the country. I have been voting absentee since I have been 18 years old, and as a resident of Iowa attending school out of state this bill would make it extremely difficult for me to participate in elections. I have voted in every election that I have been eligible for, because I know the importance of participating in politics at any level. I am confused as to why the author and sponsors of this bill care so little for the voting rights of their constituents, and it is clear to me that they are not upholding their job to ensure the ability of Iowans to participate in their elections and fulfill their civic duty. Ultimately, this bill is a disgusting and harmful infringement on the freedom of citizens to participate in free and fair elections, and as a young Iowan I find this incredibly disheartening for the future of the state. As a life long Iowan as well as an absentee voter and election worker, I do not support this bill.
02-22-2021
Peter Leo []
CON
The right to vote, and to have ones vote counted, is a fundamental constitutional right. There has been zero evidence presented that elections in Iowa have ever been conducted unfairly, or in a manner that was not secure. Narrowing the path to casting a vote does nothing to increase security or promote fairness, it only shuts voters who live on the margins of society out of the political process. I have been to their doors to help them vote, and they appreciate the assistance. I give them a receipt every time so they can verify that their votes were counted. If you have evidence of misconduct, produce it. But mere allegations and concerns from Republican partisans about the integrity of the electoral process does not justify this action.
02-22-2021
Jenny Turner [private citizen]
CON
Democracy means voting. There is no reason to make it harder to vote. There is no evidence we have any need to change things; in fact we had record turnout and no issues this last election. This is an attempt to cheat the fair process by Republicans to stay in power. That's fascism. Please vote no on this bill.
02-22-2021
Karene Nagel [NA]
CON
I am writing in opposition to this legislation. I have tried to read through it all, even though it is quite difficult and very cumbersome. Maybe that was the intent of the bill, as well as making voting in Iowa more difficult and cumbersome, too! I can see that the early voting days would be slashed even further than they were in 2017. I could also discern that returning your Absentee ballot would have restrictions on who could do the returning. Additionally, I saw that there would changes affecting ballot request forms, contacting voters if their were problems with their ballot, more scrubbing out of voters on the voting rolls, and some hefty fines & jail terms for people and officials breaking so many of these new rules!Really I didn't need to read through it precisely at all to know, that in the first Legislative session following a General Election in which a record number of Iowans participated; this was an outright blatant attempt to disenfranchise & discourage voters to ever vote in future elections!! So I will simply end with SHAME on all of the Iowa elected Representatives, Senators and any others who conceived this bill, who signed on and endorsed this bill, or who are encouraging this bill from the sidelines!! Now why can't you actually legislate something...Anything that would improve Iowans' lives!!
02-22-2021
Emma Schmit [Calhoun County Democratic Party Central Committee]
CON
This bill is a despicable undermining of our democracy. From reducing the already limited absentee voting window to allowing for only a single ballot drop box in the midst of a global pandemic is shameful. Election participation is already dismally low in many of Iowa's precincts, particularly in nonPresidential election years. We should be expanding and encouraging the right to vote, not disenfranchising Iowa's citizens. You were elected to fight for Iowans. Do so by voting against HF 590.
02-22-2021
Bradley Davsion-Rippey []
CON
Please enlighten me on why, when Iowa had record voter turnout, and those sponsoring this bill had what could be called a wave election, one would want to change the rules?The turnout was 76% and among the highest in the nation. Cutting the early vote time from 29 days to 18 days will not reduce the campaigning, it will only intensify it. It will also tie Iowa for the shortest period in the nation. Reducing the ability to request a ballot to 70 days will ensure that there will be snags in the process. The responsibility of elections should be with the county auditors with limited guidance from the secretary of state. They do the work at a local level to ensure a successful process in accordance with our laws. The penalties in this bill are vindictive because a few did not like how counties conducted the process. Any perceived mistakes were corrected in accordance with the laws of our state in the court system. This bill eliminates or limits everything that helped boost this record turnout. This has been moving through the legislature at a breakneck pace. Fewer than 24 hours after they passed out of subcommittees, and 24 hours later passed out of full committee. This pace is unheard of and lacks careful consideration. This legislation is based in response to lies about election fraud. Tell me, are the results here in Iowa fraudulent? Iowa prides itself on its system and has a proven track record of success.This bill is wrong for Iowa and, does not the best interest of Iowans at heart.
02-22-2021
ELIZABETH CASAVANT []
CON
I had a great experience participating in early voting last fall and was so pleased that more people in our state chose to participate! I'm concerned that the proposed changes would only serve to make future elections less inclusive with no obvious benefit.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Please do not let his bill go forward. Thanks
02-22-2021
Anonymous [N/A]
CON
This bill is a disgrace. This bill would make voting my mail next to impossible.
02-22-2021
Debi O'Brien []
CON
Very against this bill and have no idea why anyone thinks restrictions on voter rights at any time is a profoundly bad idea. I wish this legislations being offered this session would be responsive to the many challenges and needs Iowans have instead of nonsense like this
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Private citizen]
CON
I am shocked that the Iowa Legislature is fast tracking this bill. It is shameful. You should be making voting easier rather than more difficult. Iowa has many senior citizens and this bill will make it more difficult for them.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I do not want the legislature to limit voting rights by shortening voting periods, suppressing mail in ballots, and other measures to limit voters rights. Voting on this bill would be a critical attack on our voting rights and a blatant attempt to limit the democratic will of the people of Iowa. Voter turn out was the best this nation has ever seen in the 2020 election.Please put the Democratic will of the citizens of Iowa over your party and vote against.
02-22-2021
Marcia Gaffney [None]
CON
I do not support HR 590 as it's obvious purpose is to restrict participation in voting. Political leaders who truly believe in democracy must support policies that promote citizens ability to excercise their legal right to vote. HR 590 restricts access to voting. I believe anyone who supports voter suppression is not a true patriot, as doing so goes against the very basic tenant of a democratic system of government. I ask everyone who holds the awesome obligation of supporting democracy in the State of Iowa, examine their conscience and vote to support our democratic voting rights. You must endeavor to open the doors for people to participate in the democratic process. Elected officials must not vote to put up walls to keep voices silenced and the will of the people unrealized. Thankyou for your service. M. Gaffney
02-22-2021
Katherine Garretson []
CON
Shortening the length of time for early voting is NOT beneficial. It does NOT prevent fraud. It does NOT shorten the amount of time we all have to suffer from horrible campaign ads/calls/commercials. It DOES disenfranchise voters. It DOES create unnecessary barriers to voting. It DOES discourage legal voters from voting. This is BAD LEGISLATION that should NOT BE MADE LAW.
02-22-2021
Amanda Cousins [sapphireweb design]
CON
02-22-2021
Marla Naumann [citizen]
CON
This legislation is nothing more than voter suppression and an attempt to make it more difficult for Iowan's to vote. If Republicans felt confident in their ability to win elections voting would be made easier and more accessible for their constituents. Instead the GOP makes every effort to suppress the vote.
02-22-2021
Bryan Kelly [Automation Technologies International]
CON
Dear Representatives,I cannot support this bill, HF590 which, while it purports to provide a clearer definition of the right to vote, it actually creates more obstacles for the many voting groups: the disabled, working class families for exemple to name a few.I sincerely request you vote no to passing this bill.Thank you,Bryan KellyFairfield, IA
02-22-2021
Pam Temple []
CON
All our legislators should desire as many eligible Iowa voters as possible to vote. Oppose HF590!
02-22-2021
Corrin Smith [Corrin H Smith CPA]
CON
This is a tweet from Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate on February 9th: Some #ElectionGeek stats: The 2020 general election turnout was the highest in Iowa history. 75.8% of registered Iowans voted 58.9% voted by Absentee BallotIt's sad the response of his fellow Republicans is to be sure this is the highest voter turnout in Iowa ever by making it more difficult for Iowans to vote. None of us should be surprised, Republicans are trying to pass voting restrictions in 33 states. The Iowa GOP always follows the pack.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Hoefer Flaming PLLC]
CON
I strongly oppose this bill.I am currently reading Stacy Abram's book, Our Time is Now, which discusses why free and fair elections are vital to our democracy and how creating obstacles to voting undermines the election process.Abrams's book compellingly argues for the importance of robust voter protections, an elevation of identity politics, engagement in the census, and a return to moral international leadership.Thank you,Margaret Henderson
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I know that voters need to have a voice. It is wrong to shut down or roadblock the public democratic process. It is right to give voters a voice, and making voting accessible to all is the responsibility of the government.
02-22-2021
Ellen Croat Celsi [Retired Social Worker from Polk County]
CON
Please Senators, do not be vindictive and take away our voting rights. As an elderly person, I need more options and more time to get my absentee ballot.I vote absentee because I can not guarantee I would be a hospital or too sick to get out and vote on the day of. (One should not have to be out of town or too sick to vote absentee! Some states have been successfully voting absentee for years now.Free up safe ways to vote, instead of taking away our privilege!!
02-22-2021
Mary Fasse-Shaw and Jeff Shaw [Retired Educators]
CON
We are an emphatic con to this bill. Why would any representative of the people, want to make it more difficult for any eligible voter to vote regardless of the party? Ineligible voters were not a valid issue in the last election. Only the process was in question, and the process worked to accommodate more eligible voting! Our legislators should be ecstatic that so many eligible voters participated in the last election. To shorten the length of absentee voting and turn around is not beneficial. Having only one absentee Dropbox is not beneficial, especially to poor and immobile who do not have transportation. Having county auditors being allowed to mail absentee ballot request forms is a service that increased eligible voter participation last November. The argument that cutting the phone calls plying for votes is specious at best. The only thing that stops those phone calls is if one votes early. This bill is voter suppression. Please do not support this bill.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [NA]
CON
I have previously lived and worked overseas as a teacher through the IowaYamanashi sister city program with Des Moines public schools. I had to vote absentee while living and working over in Kofu, representing my state in a foreign country. 18 days, especially now due to mail delays, like we are currently seeing due to Covid19 would be insufficient and disenfranchise military personnel, expats, and people who were representing their state overseas. You would limit the rights of US citizens who have the legal right to vote. People who are working hard to build and maintain our safety, people who are working to build and maintain relationships with other countries, and individuals who are traveling for work would all be negatively impacted by this bill.
02-22-2021
Jan Lunde []
CON
I support wider enfranchisement of voter registration and vigorously oppose this motion to reduce number of days to submit absentee ballots. I also support secured vote drop box availability. The proposed bill is an example of the polarizing direction undertaken by the current leadership.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
PRO
02-22-2021
David Hollander [Voter]
CON
This is a terrible bill that will make it much harder for people to vote. I cant imagine that many of those who still manage to vote under these restrictions will want to vote for the candidates who approved this nonsense. Please listen to Iowas election workers and officials. If passed, this bill would do great harm to our state. Irreparable harm. Just having proposed is has gotten us a bunch of negative national attention. Dont turn our state into a laughingstock.
02-22-2021
Ruth Johnson [Private citizen/ retired educator]
CON
I am disappointed that the Republican legislators are spending time on this bill when there is absolutely no proof that there has been fraud or that reforms needs to be made. It is simply another way of disenfranchising Iowans and making it more difficult to vote. I thought the goal of a healthy, vibrant democracy was widespread involvement. This legislature needs to get busy and start working on issues that will make Iowa a better place to live instead of turning us into the laughingstock of the nation. I am so embarrassed by their actions. Its certainly not the reflection of Iowa Nice that we like to pride ourselves on.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Medicare]
CON
02-22-2021
Kathleen Foster-Wendel []
CON
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02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am opposed to this bill. The changes this bill proposes won't solve a problem; there is no problem to solve. Our past elections have already been shown to be free and fair with no substantial voter fraud. Instead, this bill will create a problem: it will disenfranchise voters, especially the elderly, the disabled, and the lowincome hourly workers by limiting the voting time frame and methods by which they can vote.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This bill is bald faced voter suppression and is designed to make it harder and harder to vote.
02-22-2021
Dr. Larry Molacek []
CON
I oppose any limit on the voting system in Iowa. It was very easy to vote in the past election and by making it harder puts my rights as an Iowan to vote in jeopardy. It is ridiculous to say that this will help curb phone calls or any other excuse. This is an attempt by republicans to keep power when the average person does not buy into the policies of the GOP.
02-22-2021
Steve Libbey []
CON
HF 590 is a disgrace. The purpose of legislation pertaining to voting should first and foremost be to enhance voter participation; this bill (and related SF 413) work in precisely the opposite direction. Nearly 76% of registered voters in Iowa participated in the 2020 elections with virtually no fraud this is clear evidence of improvements over previous years; HF 590 tries to take many of those improvements away from voters and county officials. Vote no on HF 590.
02-22-2021
Linda R Jones []
CON
Please do not advance this bill. The goal of Iowa legislature should be to encourage all eligible Iowa voters to exercise their right to vote, not to create more unnecessary obstacles to vote. There are many more high priority issues that the current legislature should be addressing than this one.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
After a successful election in the most difficult of time, it would seem like would celebrate that we had a election with a large turnout. I voted, at age 79, as soon as I was able, with no voter remorse, because the closer you get to election the more untrues are out with little time for the opponent to respond. Please leave the election rules alone and legislate more important things.Thank you
02-22-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
Restricting voting rights in Iowa with shortening the timeline, changing absentee voting is absolutely horrible. We had the most secure election in years in 2020. We voted early, we voted absentee due to a pandemic. More issues are coming (have you seen Texas lately), having more time and access to vote is imperative to a free and open democracy. This is a horrible bill and needs to be voted down.
02-22-2021
Julia M Wasson []
CON
HF 590 proposes to make voting more difficult for Iowans. This is unconscionable. The Iowa legislature should be helping people to vote, not making it harder. As John Deeth from the Johnson County Auditor's Office has written, this bill would make replacing a ballot for longdistance and shutin voters not only problematic but most likely impossible. As a senior citizen with some health issues, I object to this policy of making voting harder. Also, the questionable policy of fining and imprisoning people in the auditors' offices in our state for potentially making a minor mistake is not only likely to be challenged in court, it is a horrible abuse of power. It is also likely to cost taxpayer money to defend an illconceived law. I ask that you do NOT approve this bill. Sincerely, Julia WassonIowa City
02-22-2021
Anonymous [N/A]
PRO
This is a great bill and needs to be moved forward. There have been "red flags" in our election in November and every resident of the State deserves to know that our election is fair and without fault.
02-22-2021
Danny Homan [AFSCME Council 61]
CON
Voting is a sacred right. As a veteran, I fought to defend that right for every American. As a union leader, I have worked tirelessly to protect that right for our members, and expand access to ballot box for all Iowans. This is why I am so angry and upset by this unnecessary piece of voter suppression legislation. House File 590 will do nothing to help Iowans vote. In fact, it will make it harder. By limiting the number of days to vote, making it harder to cast ballots at a satellite site, and putting restrictions on when and how you can request an absentee ballot, it will give people less opportunity to get to the ballot box. For AFSCME Council 61, our members Democrats, Republicans, and Independents ask us to help collect and return their absentee ballots, and this legislation makes that now a criminal offense. This legislation is designed to do one thing, and one thing only Suppress the Vote. The legislature needs to do the right thing. They need to stand up for Democracy. They need to stand up for the freedoms I fought for. They need to stand up for the right to vote. And that is why you need to vote down House File 590.
02-22-2021
Kathryn Franzenburg []
CON
I speak against this bill. We should do everything we can to make it easier for people to vote. My husband and I voted by absentee ballot this year because we care deeply about our right to vote and wanted to make sure nothing would interfere with that right i.e. illness, emergency, unexpected call outoftown, etc. My 101 year old mother has voted by absentee ballot for the last several years because it is easier for her than driving to the polls and she too cares deeply about her right to vote. She has not missed voting in an election since she has had the right to vote.
02-22-2021
S. Sweeney []
CON
It's a sad day in Iowa when legislators are in the state house to limit voting rights to its citizens. Trying to show that there is voter fraud, when the proof shows that there is none, is criminal. Republicans have stooped to their lowest with these and other bills introduced this session. From the elderly to the workers of Iowa working 12+ hour shifts, we need convenience, not suppression in our election process.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-22-2021
Cody Eliff [Scott County Democratic Latino Caucus ]
CON
This bill is unnecessary and further erodes trust in the voting process in Iowa. There is no evidence of systemic voter fraud taking place in Iowa. There is no evidence of much of any voter problems in Iowa. Our elections are secure. Im a poll worker and we are run as a tight ship. There are so many audit trails available. The legislature should not be inventing problems to which they can legislate unnecessary solutions. Its a waste of time and tax payer dollars. All 99 county auditors oppose this legislation in a bipartisan fashion. It needs to be shelved permanently.
02-22-2021
Mark [Lettow]
CON
I do not support this legislation which makes early voting more difficult. We should be taking measures to increase both early inperson and mail in voting, not make it more difficult or more limited.
02-22-2021
Rev. Lori Wunder []
CON
This is a partisan bill rooted in the falsehood that the integrity of our elections is in question. The elections of 2020 were secure and fair. If it isn't broke, don't fix it. In fact, expanded early voting IMPROVED the security of our elections because it allows our election officials to identify any problem before the surge of voters on election day. Please vote against HF590.
02-22-2021
Martha Bopp [Citizen of Iowa]
CON
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
Please vote No on HF590, the bill that limits the time allowed for absentee ballots, and imposes severe penalties for county auditors who do not comply with the new requirements, among other issues. This bill is a clear example of voter suppression and has no factual basis for its support. Thank you for your consideration. Mary McGee Light
02-22-2021
Britt Vickstrom [-]
CON
This will make it harder for Iowans to vote. Voter fraud is practically nonexistent in Iowa. County auditors and counters work extremely well to make sure our elections are legal. Why not spend the time and money on getting drunk drivers off the road? Just this month a drunk driver, who already has at least 4 OWI and dozens of citations killed a woman in Dallas County. Drunk drivers are a threat to everyone!
02-22-2021
David Roe [None]
CON
Once again, the Republican Party rushes in to find problems where none exist. One known case of voter fraud in the last two election cycles, and it was a Trump voter. Your job should be to make it easier and more fair for EVERYONE who is eligible to be able to vote. What you are making your job is to make it more difficult for people to vote, when there is literally no evidence of any voter fraud problems.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
No need to fix what isn't broke. I would like the option to continue to submit my vote by absentee ballot.
02-22-2021
Ayshe Yeager []
CON
We should be making it easier for as many US citizens as possible to vote safely, and easier for our auditors to do their jobs, NOT harder.
02-22-2021
Michelle Platt []
CON
Why are we seeming to discourage votingby making it harder for all eligible voters to have reasonable access? What are the root issues that should be fixed rather than crunching time? Arent there better solutions to fixing a problem versus seeming to make it harder for certain populations especially as our Iowa population is getting older?
02-22-2021
Charles Reynolds [Non afffiliated]
CON
I strongly oppose this effort to limit MY right to vote. Please rethink this Ill advised measure.
02-22-2021
Ruth Westfall []
CON
I oppose shortening the period of early voting from 29 days to 18 days. What is the justification for this?Please do not approve this bill.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [n/a]
CON
I am wholeheartedly against House File 590. Options for voting should be INCREASED and improved, not limited. There have been no issues with Iowans voting with the system we have, we do not need to change it. DO NOT limit the time to return an absentee ballot. When I temporarily worked in Minneapolis, but still lived and owned a home in Des Moines, it would have been more difficult for me to return the ballot in that time frame since I traveled back and forth between the cities...it likely would have disenfranchised me if it was in effect. There should be no additional restrictions on voting; I am against House File 590. I suggest instead that you make election day a state holiday and ensure all employers allow employees time off to vote with pay.
02-22-2021
Mary Beth Swenson []
CON
This bill would place an unfair burden on the older population, who have trouble voting, whether due to driving long distances to cast their ballot or having a voting place nearby. We should be encouraging voting, not placing more obstacles to obscure voting for everyone! I adamantly oppose this bill!
02-22-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
Do NOT restrict voting rights !!!
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am opposed to this bill and making it more difficult for voters to vote. Leave voting alone. I also am ready to vote out all the Republicans currently in office across Iowa. Starting with Chuck Grassley and Kim Reynolds!
02-22-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
Do Not restrict voter rights
02-22-2021
Kenneth Petersen []
CON
Of the many problems with this bill, the most egregious is the obstacles it creates for our elderly, shutins, and over seas active duty military personnel to vote.
02-22-2021
Nancy Turner []
CON
This bill insinuates that Iowa has major issues with its voting laws which it does not. It sends a signal that we are not to trust our election officials to do their jobs which they do to a very high standard. It perpetuates the myth that there is massive voter fraud in Iowa which there is not. It makes it more difficult for the elderly and other groups to exercise their right to vote. I urge you to consider the ramifications of this bill and its effect on your fellow citizens. The vast majority of your constituents are urging you to drop this issue and not proceed.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
There is NO voter fraud. I am disgusted by the lies and attempt by the Iowa Republican Party to make it harder to vote for Iowans.
02-22-2021
Valerie Bowman []
CON
I am against this bill that will keep some citizens from being able to cast their vote. Please vote against it. Please make it easier for every citizen to vote, not more difficult.
02-22-2021
Daphne Lison []
CON
Why do we need this bill when there is no evidence for voting fraud in Iowa? As legislators you should be making every effort to make voting easier, rather than putting in place legislation that will make it more difficult. This attempt to suppress the vote is disgraceful, unconscionable and unjust.
02-22-2021
Andrea Lewerenz-Norris [McKinley Middle School PTA]
CON
I am adamantly against making it more difficult for Iowa citizens to vote. The last several elections have been fair and safe. If the Iowa Legislature is trying to retain young citizens they should seriously reconsider this bill. Making it more difficult for young college students to vote will give young people one more reason leave Iowa for good.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
I am totally opposed to Bill HF 590 that limits voter access. I am 70 years old and found the absentee ballot very useful, especially last year as I did not want to get exposed to Covid 19. It is also helpful during adverse weather which frequently occurs in Iowa. My husband and I travel frequently sometimes for periods of a month or more. With the shortened time to apply for absentee ballots we could be excluded from voting even though we are registered Iowa voters who vote regularly. This bill seems to be a blatant attempt to disenfranchise qualified Iowa voters. Please do not pass this bill and cheat Iowa voters out of the opportunity to have their voice heard. Thank you.
02-22-2021
John Hale [The Hale Group ]
CON
The volume of online responses is telling expressing an overwhelming sentiment of dismay, if not disgust, about the provisions of the bill. The message coming from Iowans is this slow this train down. Before moving this bill forward, legislators should better inform Iowans about what problem this bill is intended to address and why the features of the bill are needed. This bill further erodes the concept of Home Rule and the basic idea that those closest to those they represent know more about what the needs are and how to respond to them. State legislators need to stop telling those in city and county government, and in schools, that they cannot and will not be trusted to do their jobs. Public servants at the local level are competent, visible and accountable. It's time for all these levels of government who all work for the same taxpayer to compete less and collaborate more.
02-22-2021
Karen Lueders [none]
CON
I am adamently opposed to this bill. Who are you intending to help with this bill, your constituents or yourself as Republicans to keep control of the Iowa legislature? This bill is total voter suppression. There is absolutely no evidence of voter fraud in our 2020 election yet you want to make it more difficult to vote for those people whose voices need to be heard. Stand up and make the morally and ethically correct decision, Vote No.
02-22-2021
Dan Cummins [Private Citizen]
CON
This bill is designed to constrain voter participation. Instead we should be working to achieve 100% eligible voter participation. This should not be a partisan issue but one that is designed to insure that our elected officials represent all people.Reducing the amount of early voter time makes it much more difficult for people that work, travel or people that have mobility issues whether it be health or age.And the penalties this bill includes are extreme and threatening.Come on elected officials let's make Iowa a leader in voter participation not a joke.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Sisters of the Presentation, Dubuque, IA]
CON
I oppose HF 590. Voting is a human right.
02-22-2021
Kimberly Nyborg [Private Citizen]
CON
There is no problem for you to be making a solution that actually does nothing but creates larger problems. We should be making it easier to vote, not more difficult. Engage people in the process, don't turn them away. With a rural, aging population & election day happening in November, when weather in Iowa can be questionable, we need to make voting MORE accessible for everyone that qualifies to do so.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [None]
CON
I am against reducing the number of days allowed for early voting, and against anything that meddles with the voter rolls (I.e. removing people if they dont vote in every election). Voting is every adults right in this country and it should be made easier, NOT harder.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Presentation Sisters]
CON
02-22-2021
Wendy Ruble [none]
CON
our laws should encourage & support the right to vote not suppress it. If there are concerns or ideas on how to better support voters rights, lets find ways to explore and discuss.this bill is a terrible idea and based in pointless, biased fears. What a misuse of elected power. Please do not pass this bill.
02-22-2021
Jerry Kearns []
CON
02-22-2021
Jennifer Gardner []
CON
We had a fair, safe election in Nov. 2020. Our county auditors and secretary of state worked hard to ensure Iowans were able to vote during the pandemic safely. This bill is a slap in the face of all Iowans and clearly an attempt at taking away ease of voting for many. We have a lot of concerns that need addressed in our state, but this bill is creating a problem that doesn't exist. Please focus on helping every Iowan during the pandemic rather than taking away voting rights.
02-22-2021
Marlene Ahouse [No Title]
CON
I was grateful that during Covid Iowa had a fair and efficient system in place so all voters could be heard. Without any evidence of fraud, there seems to be no reason to change a system which has worked well and which allowed a record number of Iowans to vote in the last election. Voter suppression should have no home in Iowa.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I oppose bill HF 590. It seems that Iowa did well with the voting during the last election, so I see no need to further limit the time that ballots may be received. We need to be about making voting easier, instead of more difficult.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I do not support this bill in any way. It is taking away the rights of Iowa citizens to vote.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Private Citizen]
CON
Very opposed to this effort too make it harder for citizens to vote. This seems a very blatant effort at voter suppression.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-22-2021
Nancy Mailliard [None]
CON
Stop trying to suppress votes. Make it easier to vote, not more difficult!
02-22-2021
Kiran Patel [NA]
CON
I was raised to believe that kindness, being helpful, inclusion, and fairness were fundamental Iowan values. I have always been proud how easy it is to vote in Iowa, and that our states voting laws reflected those core values. Voting is a fundamental right of all citizens, but it is a right that is harder to exercise for some people. Long early voting periods and helpful election staff ensure that people with disabilities can vote. It also makes the process easier for new and firsttime voters. Punishing election staff for being kind and helpful is cruel and unIowan. This bill undermines the Iowa values that are the heart of our democratic process.
02-22-2021
Mary Wheelock []
CON
I strongly disagree with this proposal and the "reason' given for it. We do not have voter fraud. It seems this bill's only purpose is to make voting more difficult for many voters. It is discriminatory and does not serve the people of Iowa who you are suppose to represent. Please do your job for all Iowas not just the Republican party.
02-22-2021
Mary Jo Scott []
CON
Please do not pass the election bill. There is no voter fraud or corruption in Iowa and you dont need to fix anything that is broken. Furthermore, you will suppress all votes, Democratic, Republican, and Independents. I have elderly friends, Republicans, that always vote absentee. I have younger friends, Republicans, who in normal times travel for business or pleasure. They always vote by absentee ballots. Furthermore, to purge voters who fail to vote in one general election is ludicrous. That complicates voting! So what do you think you will accomplish with this? Nothing good and it will hurt Iowa! I have been proud of the way Iowa handles its election, dont ruin it!
02-22-2021
Monica Maloney-Mitros []
CON
02-22-2021
Dianne Larsen []
CON
I have not participated like this before.However, due to my concerns about this bill interfering with voter's rights, I am requesting the House not to approve the bill. The decrease in time for voting threatens both Democrat and Republican voters. This bill would add more barriers for all voters. Voting is a right that needs to be encouraged and supported,not impeded. I am asking House members to guard the voting rights of all.
02-22-2021
Carl Haakenstad []
CON
I feel that this bill in completely unnecessary as we already have safe and secure elections and this law will do nothing to address the problems that do exist. There is absolutely no good reason to shorten early voting especially since that is a popular and secure way to vote. Also, purging voters from the rolls after they miss a single election is completely unfair and unnecessary. Our democracy already has a low rate of participation so why should we make it harder to vote? Please do not support this bill.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I am strongly opposed to bill HF 590. I have voted the last 40 years by absentee ballot because I was either a student away to college or because of my job. And since election day is not a paid holiday off for working folks here in Iowa, my long work shifts plus commute times prohibit me from being able to vote in person at my home precinct during the work week. Iowans have the right to vote and legislating to restrict that right so certain populations are unable to vote is antidemocratic. I also don't understand with all that we have on our plate in the state why we have to go back and change a voting system that works unless you're afraid of what Iowans REALLY want!
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I object to this bill and consider it voter suppression. There is not evidence of significant fraud that warrants these changes. We should do everything possible to make it EASY to vote. This bill will disproportionately affect those already disadvantaged.
02-22-2021
Gini Jordan [none]
CON
I oppose HF 590. We should not be making voting harder for all Iowans. This is wrong and antidemocracy.
02-22-2021
Susan Hurst [speaking on my own behalf]
CON
By every statistical measure, Iowa elections are already safe and effective. I strongly oppose this bill because 1 there is no demonstrated need for itand 2 we already make it difficult enough for Iowans to participate in elections if they have heavy workloads, family obligations, or are handicapped.
02-22-2021
Peggy Fitch []
CON
What problem is HF590 supposed to fix? We've been told it is intended to address complaints about election campaigns being too long. If that's the case, why not shorten the length of time candidates can campaign rather then the window when voters can cast early ballots? We've also been told it's intended to decrease voter fraud, even though data clearly show this is not a problem. One of the worst parts of the bill is restricting county auditors from sending any information to voters so they can request an absentee ballot even a blank form all because three county auditors sent forms with some information filled in. Let's be clear: This bill would suppress votes by people who do not typically vote for Republican candidates, pure and simple. Please oppose HF590.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
02-22-2021
Megan VandeWeerd [Constituent]
CON
02-22-2021
Jena Newell [citizen]
PRO
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
There is little or no voting fraud in our state. Why spend time trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist. Instead spend effort developing voting methods that allow more people rather than fewer to vote and move Iowa closer to an actual democracy. The opportunity to vote should be easily available to ALL eligible voters no matter what their position or circumstances.Step forward and be the model of an inclusive state where all eligible voters can easily vote, Iowa!!
02-22-2021
Nancy Olthoff [Retired]
CON
I have served as an election official for a number of years, including this year. The security measures were high and the turnout was excellent. Johnson County election officials conducted excellent training for all of us, which they always do. In addition, they provided protection for us to serve the public. People arrived well informed and prepared to vote. I see no reason to change the voting procedures that were in place to support voters, especially in this pandemic era. Please stop these restrictive measures and maintain a system that got all of you elected.
02-22-2021
Darlene Clark []
CON
Please do not pass this bill, it is not for the good for us, your Iowa citizens
02-22-2021
Susan Trout Reisdorph []
CON
02-22-2021
Eliza Willis []
CON
I have four questions for proponents of HF 590.1. How are you serving your constituents by further narrowing their voting options?2. You defend the provisions of the law as necessary to protect the integrity of Iowa's elections. However, the very high turnout in 2020 showed that Iowans have high confidence in our elections. What concrete evidence do you have that Iowans lack confidence in our elections? What evidence do you have of voter fraud that would shake Iowans confidence in our elections?3. Why are you proposing these significant changes immediately prior to a midterm election that we know from past experience will be a low turnout election? Why are you taking the chance of further discouraging voting in this election, especially with a constitutional amendment on the ballot?4. Why have you proposed criminal penalties for auditors who may fail to carry out, either intentionally or unintentionally, their duties as prescribed by law? Why don't you trust voters to remove auditors who they feel are not doing their job correctly? What justifies taking the right of removal away from the voters for this elected office? Why haven't you considered other means to ensure a degree of uniformity among county auditors that do not entail depriving voters of the right to choose their own auditor?
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Retired]
CON
I am against this bill HF 590 because it limits the time I have to make up my mind. I travel a lot and am often not able to get my mail. Bead weather, the pandemic, power outages can all affect getting things done. Dont be unfit to folks. This is not reasonableThank You David Smith
02-22-2021
Colette Brodersen []
CON
02-22-2021
Laurie Cummins []
CON
02-22-2021
Rita Menart []
CON
02-22-2021
Cindy Virta [N/a]
CON
Our election was solid. Do not make it harder for citizens to vote.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
I do not support this bill or any bill that makes it harder for Iowans to vote.
02-22-2021
Douglas I Klein []
CON
I believe it is our responsibility to make voting as easy as possible for all who are registered to vote
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-22-2021
Carmen R. Hernandez [Sisters of the Presentation]
CON
I oppose this bill 100% and see no reason to make voting difficult for anyone, especially since there has been no evidence of voter fraud.
02-22-2021
Richard Early []
CON
02-22-2021
David K. Langer [Retired]
CON
Why are our legislators spending time addressing an "issue" that doesn't exist? The instances of voter fraud across our nation are few, the instances of voter fraud in Iowa are even less. County auditors, the Secretary of State and their staffs worked harder than ever to ensure that elections in Iowa in November were free and fair. Why would we punish hardworking officials and make it harder for Iowans of all backgrounds to vote? It's hard to see this bill as nothing more than a continuation of "The Big Lie" that voting in our country isn't fair; it is fair, hardworking Iowans have ensured that it is fair across our state. The introduction of this bill is a craven attempt to further the notion in certain echo chambers that voter fraud is a significant issue; the legislators that support this bill are undermining the constituents they have been elected to represent and taking local control from the hands of county officials across Iowa for no good reason.Please vote NO. This legislature has already made it more difficult for Iowans to vote in previous sessions; enough is enough. We should be encouraging more Iowans to vote; not throwing arbitrary roadblocks in their way. Iowans are facing many challenges in February 2021; fraudulent elections are NOT one of those challenges. You have been duly elected by the people of Iowa; now work on their behalf in a way that will better their daily lives
02-22-2021
Janet Dahlke [private citizen]
CON
Iowa had a successful election in 2020 with few, if any, issues of voter fraud. Is there any reason that these proposals are being brought forth?I am all for integrity of the voting system, but as someone having used the absentee system in our last election, I felt very comfortable in the whole process. My husband and I received our absentee ballot request forms in the mail; completed them as directed, including our DL info; signed the request form; signed the ballot envelopes; and dropped them off at the auditors office, although mailing was an option. We especially like the SOS site that tracked the absentee request, as well as receipt of the ballot. This bill clearly will make it more difficult for the elderly, handicapped and other disadvantaged citizens to vote, thereby adding another burden to their individual situation. Unless I am mistaken, every U. S. citizen is guaranteed the right to vote, unless that right has been legally taken away for some reason. How dare anyone claim to want a fair election when so many unnecessary obstacles are being proposed that would hinder the ability for voters to cast their ballots. I would hope a great many citizens of Iowa will be following the voting process on this particular piece of legislation, and they will remember how those votes went when subsequent election cycles roll around.
02-22-2021
John F Knutson []
CON
I would like to register my opposition to HF590. The bill will make it more difficult for elderly voters like myself to vote. Additionally, it seems to be designed to solve a nonexistent problem. We should be doing more to make voting easier for Iowans, not more difficult.
02-22-2021
Matthieu Biger []
CON
This bill attacks the power of We The People to vote. Democracy should mean making it easier for individuals to vote; not put forth unneeded chances to a system that has worked with no evidence of fraud but evidence of improved turnout.Please review comments from Iowa constituents and election official with our interests at heart overwhelmingly Against this bill as well as declarations, also almost unanimously Against.
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02-22-2021
JAYNE L MCQUILLEN []
CON
There is nothing wrong with Iowa's voting rules, they should be EXPANDED not restricted. This is nothing but voter suppression! If you want less absentee voting, allow for a longer time to vote. allow for more verification of id via mail. That is NOT what this bill does. STOP THIS BILL.
02-22-2021
Margaret Whiting []
CON
Why is it necessary to purge a voter who was not able to vote for one general election? If this bill is passed, someone who voted for every election for many years in a row, and then couldnt make it to the polls for one general election, would be ineligible to vote next time. Please dont make it harder for people to vote! Voters should remain active even if they cant vote in one general election.This bill would make Iowas early voting and mailin voting period one of the shortest in the country. There are still mail delays. Please dont make it harder for people to vote in Iowa.The bill has harsh punishments imprisonment and big fines for technical infractions that are not even defined.
02-22-2021
Gail Fagen []
CON
I'm a native Iowan Polk County voter (the address given is my voting residence) who has lived in Europe for several years (presently in Italy). I have been helping overseas Americans register to vote for decades.I'm always so proud of the efficiency of Iowa's UOCAVA voting process. And it was especially precious in 2020 when postal services were disrupted worldwide. The fact that our state extended the email voting possibilities of Iowans in the military to civilian Iowa overseas voters was a godsend. This possibility should be maintained and not considered as a "temporary favor". I also have so many old friends and family members living back home who were so happy to be able to vote by mail or ahead of time because of work, family or health reasons.Democracy flourishes when more and more people are able to vote.Thank you
02-22-2021
Diana Henry []
CON
Voting behavior in Iowa has not been rack with fraud. Absentee voting is helpful for the elderly, for those with disabilities which might cause difficulty getting to the polls and when situations like COVID19 make it a health hazard to be at the polls. We need to make it easy for everyone to vote and that includes having more places to vote and extending the times. Putting restrictions on voters makes it hard for the democratic process to work.
02-22-2021
Andrea Solomon []
CON
What is the purpose of this legislation? The Iowa Secretary of State's own study has confirmed that voter fraud is not occurring in Iowa. There has been no credible evidence to the contrary.Given this fact, why is this legislation needed? I have heard no argument other than the "preventing fraud" argument which has already been found to be baseless. This legislation would simply make it more difficult for Iowans, particularly the elderly, to vote.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [none]
CON
It should be every Iowan's patriotic duty to vote. The only changes to voting law should be those that expand people's access to voting never diminish it. The Iowa Secretary of State's own study has confirmed that voter fraud is not occurring in Iowa. The only reason to shorten Iowans' access to voting is disenfranchisement by the majority party. Iowa voters deserve a larger early voting window.
02-22-2021
Rich Sims []
CON
You think HF 590 is a bill to protect our voting rights and integrity????? It's just the opposite to our Republic. Designed to make it more difficult and less convenient to vote in the state of Iowa, in hopes that voter turnout will decrease in future elections. The bill 'SUPRESSES' our voting rights by cutting Iowa's early voting period from 29 days to 18 days; Create bigger crowds and longer lines for inperson voting; the goal here is to discourage people from voting.WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE AND WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR!!!! Certainly not WE The People. I request you not even let this bill go through. What a mistake. VOTE NO ON HF 590!
02-22-2021
Janet Seiz []
CON
I have four questions for proponents of HF 590.1. How are you serving your constituents by further narrowing their voting options?2. You defend the provisions of the law as necessary to protect the integrity of Iowa's elections. However, the very high turnout in 2020 showed that Iowans have high confidence in our elections. What concrete evidence do you have that Iowans lack confidence in our elections? What evidence do you have of voter fraud that would shake Iowans confidence in our elections?3. Why are you proposing these significant changes immediately prior to a midterm election that we know from past experience will be a low turnout election? 4. Why have you proposed criminal penalties for auditors who may fail to carry out, either intentionally or unintentionally, their duties as prescribed by law? Why don't you trust voters to remove auditors who they feel are not doing their job correctly? What justifies taking the right of removal away from the voters for this elected office?I have four questions for proponents of HF 590.1. How are you serving your constituents by further narrowing their voting options?2. You defend the provisions of the law as necessary to protect the integrity of Iowa's elections. However, the very high turnout in 2020 showed that Iowans have high confidence in our elections. What concrete evidence do you have that Iowans lack confidence in our elections? What evidence do you have of voter fraud that would shake Iowans confidence in our elections?3. Why are you proposing these significant changes immediately prior to a midterm election that we know from past experience will be a low turnout election? Why are you taking the chance of further discouraging voting in this election, especially with a constitutional amendment on the ballot?4. Why have you proposed criminal penalties for auditors who may fail to carry out, either intentionally or unintentionally, their duties as prescribed by law? Why don't you trust voters to remove auditors who they feel are not doing their job correctly? What justifies taking the right of removal away from the voters for this elected office? Why haven't you considered other means to ensure a degree of uniformity among county auditors that do not entail depriving voters of the right to choose their own auditor?
02-22-2021
Judy Porter [local community member]
CON
I oppose this bill HF 590. It does not represent Democracy.
02-22-2021
Julie Schropp []
CON
DO NOT MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS BILL. Voting is a right of the people and this bill will make it more difficult to place their votes. Every effort should be in place to enable voters to cast their vote as conveniently as possible with NO INTERFERENCE by state legislators!
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Kobes]
CON
Has the republican majority forgotten this is the United States of America. You are not dictators. You are not authoritarians. You should be encouraging all to vote, not trying to stop it. You look very scared of the people. Do not pass this bill.
02-22-2021
Dana Soll []
CON
I am not understanding the need for this bill. It has been determined the last election was without wide spread fraud. This seems to be nothing more than an attempt at voter suppression. Do not make voting harder in this busy changing world. This seems to be a knee jerk reaction to our former presidents lies about the election.
02-22-2021
Sue Lloyd [Buena Vista County Auditor]
CON
HF 590 makes failure to perform any election duty in Code Chapters 39 through 53 a crime punishable by fine and/or imprisonment. An inadvertent omission could create severe consequences in the lives of not only county auditors, but the precinct election officials as well. This would be a strong deterrent to qualified people interested in working the polls. The bill also denies county auditors the authority to send absentee ballot applications to voters. There are a lot of voters that call the auditor's office asking for an absentee request form, and with this proposed legislation, the auditor is not allowed to send it. Some of the people requesting the form either don't have a computer or don't have a printer in order to print off a form to complete and mail in. I am also against reducing the number of days of absentees to 18 days. In rural Iowa, it takes several days for the mail to leave our city, go to Des Moines for sorting, and come back to our city for delivery. The voter would barely have time to vote the ballot and return it back to the office.Iowa has a deserved reputation for fair, efficient and smooth elections. Most of the provisions of this bill would threaten rather than help that reputation. Please oppose HF 590.
02-22-2021
Leah Ostby []
CON
I strongly oppose any and all bills that make it harder for individuals to vote. The fact that we can vote early and mail in our votes makes them no less secure and I fear any limitations on voting directly impact the most vulnerable. Every Iowan should be able to vote and when we start passing bills oike these it turns us into a national disgrace.
02-22-2021
Duane Swartzendruber [none]
CON
I am very against any thing that would make it harder to everyone to vote in an election. All votes count...I would hope your feel the same. As far as I know there has been no fraud or misuse of the procedures now in place in our elections, so I really don't understand the need to change or fix what has been working.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [N/A]
CON
This isn't a bill to protect the Iowa electorate, or Iowa elections. Without any evidence of fraud in Iowa elections, this bill addresses problems that do not exist and lacks basis in our electoral reality. Changes to our electoral process should be painstaking, evidencebased, and transparent. Expedience like this should be reserved for legislation with true urgency. The reasoning expressed by those in support of this bill is based on amorphous and most importantly unsubstantiated claims about election integrity on a national level. Further, there is no clear explanation for how and why these changes will improve the integrity of Iowa's elections. The proposed changes should be studied and obtain bipartisan buyin from those who do the work of elections in Iowa: county auditors and the Secretary of State. Making changes to Iowa's election without solid evidence or review is not fulfilling the legislature's duty as representatives of the people. How can any Iowan feel confident that we have a legitimate election process if sweeping changes are made without careful review and bipartisan agreement?
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
As an elections volunteer in Iowa for many years I strongly oppose this bill. We should be encouraging and aiding people to vote. Voter fraud is not a serious concern. There are hardly any examples of people voting twice and they are isolated examples which wouldn't have changed election outcomes. Voter fraud is a felony that's deterrent enough. It's hard enough to get people to vote once let alone twice!It's difficult not to see this as an attempt by the majority party to suppress votes despite their electoral success. This kind of overreach will create a backlash and rightfully so. Do you really want to go down in history this way?
02-22-2021
Megan Rustad []
CON
After a difficult election year in 2020 I believe it's imperative for our state to do everything in it's power to make the election process easier and to increase access to absentee ballots for all Iowans.It's critical that Iowans continue to have easy access to absentee ballots for all elections. This is so important for a town like Grafton where many of the residents (including myself and my family) work in counties other than Worth county. Many people commute far distances to find decent paying jobs and can't guarantee that they would make it back home before the polls close. Many people travel for work and are out of state on election day. Many people are in longterm care facilities, rehab, skilled nursing, on bed rest, recovering from surgery and are unable to leave and go to their local polling place. Absentee ballot requests should be allowed to be sent out by county officials and they should be allowed to have voter information prepopulated. Typed out information is much easier to read than handwritten information so I can't fathom a reason that prepopulated absentee request forms should be denied. We should also consider the many Iowans who have disabilities that make it difficult for them to legibly fill out forms. Also, county auditors should be given more resources during elections, not the fear of criminal charges (unless they are intentionally committing malicious acts).Please consider my opinion as you prepare to vote on the matter. Choose better accessibility, not voter suppression. Choose prepopulated absentee forms mailed out from county auditors, not voter suppression. Vote for a better and more equitable Iowa. Vote NO.Thank you,Megan RustadGrafton, Iowa
02-22-2021
Cynthia Ramer []
CON
HF 590, I do not support this bill due to limitations it puts on absentee ballot. For example, shortening the time frame could mean if a correction is needed there would not be time get the correction made so your vote would still be counted.
02-22-2021
Sue hutchins [Living Beyond the Bars; CURE of Iowa]
CON
02-22-2021
Brenda Barton []
CON
It is my thought that "if it's not broke, don't fix it." I do not see how making voting more difficult is helpful in any way. Who brought this to committee? Since we have no cases of fraud in Iowa this seems like a waste of time and taxpayers money.
02-22-2021
Dan Aude []
CON
Voting is a fundamental right in our democracy. Voting should be accessible, easier and encourage all eligible Iowans to cast their ballot record their choices.
02-22-2021
P Kaufman [Active voter, long time Iowa resident]
CON
I am opposed to this bill. Any bill that makes it makes it more difficult to vote is a disservice to Iowa. I am an active voter, long time Iowa resident. Our goal should be to make it easier for all Iowa residents to vote. It was years before I learned that I could go to the auditor's office and vote early. The early voting period should be returned to the 40 days it was a few years ago, for the convenience of Iowa voters. with the aging Iowa population, it will be more challenging for many voters as they face death of spouses, children and disabilities of any or all of above. The component that says only a family member or if you're in assisted living could deliver the ballot it ridiculous and unrealistic. Many older people live alone for a variety of reasons, and may not have the choice or ability to leave home to vote, in a physical safe manner for them. Their reasons for wanting to vote from the safety of their home should be readily apparent during covid, and should not be judged by another voter as to whether or not they're valid reasons. The voter ID aspect has not helped the average Iowa citizen, which the representatives are supposed to be representing. It has sowed confusion and added costs to the local county work. Des Moines Legislators, you claim to support local control, but your actions are not consistent with that notion. you need to send money to the counties to deal with the on going changes that serve no citizen but create road blocks and added costs. All citizens deserve the right to vote. This bill does nothing to enhance those rights.
02-22-2021
Anonymous [Anonymous]
CON
There is no reason, whatsoever, to waste time on this bill when you could be providing needed help to the numerous Iowas of every political persuasion who have suffered tremendously in the last year. Do your job to help US rather than trying to protect YOUR elected position, please. The Iowa Secretary of State's own study has confirmed that voter fraud is not occurring in Iowa.
02-22-2021
Anne Tabor [None]
CON
Instead of lying about election fraud and creating distrust among Iowan voterswhy arent you celebrating the record voter turnout seen in Iowa last November? Record turnout because people had a number of voting options. In the day and age when we can do everything remotely why in heavens name cant you figure out a voting system that is available to each person in the most convenient way. Unless you dont want every person to vote....and why in the world would I not be allowed to vote if I missed a general election? Stop supporting the Big Lie. Work for all Iowans to celebrate their right to cast a ballot for the candidates of their choice without all these restrictive rules.
02-22-2021
Robert A Kem [Citizen]
CON
Would like to hear the rational of suppressing voting rights.No problems in Iowa, great voter turn out Republicans voted overwhelmingly. In last election.Are you anticipating a future problem?Will comment against suppressing voter rights!
02-22-2021
Charles Blair-Broeker []
CON
We should be increasing, not decreasing, opportunities to vote.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-22-2021
Elizabeth Weiss []
CON
I am very against making these proposed changes!
02-22-2021
Ericka A. Raber [personal]
CON
This bill may limit the ability of many people to vote. We should be making it easier for people to vote, not harder. I have specific objections: to a person's voter registration for not voting in a past general election of having undeliverable mail; the requirement of voter verification; the severe and unnecessary reduction of ballot drop boxes; the prevention of satellite voting locations without petitions; the reduction in number of early voting days; the fact that ballots cannot be delivered/picked up by a member of the same household. All of these restrcitions are unnecessary and restrict voting.
02-22-2021
Bethany Jordan [Private Citizen]
CON
It is unfathomable that during a pandemic the State would try to restrict and inhibit legal voting. Limiting 1 ballot drop box per county; kicking people off voter rolls after only one election; cutting early voting days; making disabled, elderly or immune compromised people deliver their ballots in person (rather than a neighbor/friend); prohibiting county auditors from sending absentee ballot request forms these are all completely unacceptable. There is no "voter remorse" or "voter fraud" or any other reason to restrict voting in such a manner. It infringes on my right to vote, particularly during a pandemic which is not going away any time soon.You must keep Iowa's voting system convenient, fair and open to all people.
02-22-2021
Steven Wendehl [Self]
CON
I am opposed to this bill. Our own Secretary of State determined there was no fraud in our most recent election. We should be encouraging Iowa citizens to vote, not endeavoring to make the process more difficult. There is no justification for this bill.
02-22-2021
William Beye Hamilton [None]
CON
This bill appears to be a regressive attempt to create barriers and complications for citizens attempting to participate in the voting process. The only thing in this regard that should be under consideration is how to make early, absentee and votebymail MORE available to all who wish or need to vote in that manner. I say this as a working person who does not get the luxury of Tuesdays off to spend waiting for hours in line to cast my vote. Never mind those that are disabled, elderly, or have other circumstances that prevent them from participating inperson.
02-22-2021
Colin Kostelecky [University of Iowa]
CON
I'll keep this short. I am in strong opposition to this bill. The Big Lie about a stolen election last Novemberdismissed by every court that has taken it up, including a clear rebuke from the Supreme Court todayhas already led to to a deadly insurrection on January 6th. Feeding these lies with bad faith arguments and codifying them into Iowa law is dangerous, antidemocratic, and will only embolden those who seek to undermine our Republic. Please don't pass HF 590.
02-22-2021
Wendy Brown []
CON
Our goal is to get more people to participate in elections. Let's make it as easy as possible for people to cast their ballots. This bill will discourage voting. What a travesty that would be!
02-22-2021
Amy Larson [NA]
CON
Iowa should encourage high voter participation and access to voting that accommodates participation by people with barriers such as job and family obligations, lack of transportation, disability or other vulnerability. This year we saw other states fail to adapt quickly in light of COVID, reduced polling places causing huge lines and burdens on citizens. Mail in voting is an excellent tradition in Iowa that encourages voter participation. For me, it makes informed voting possible because I can research the lesser known candidates, judges and propositions with the ballot right in front of me. I cant take time to do that in a voting booth. Protect the voting access we already enjoy and do more to expand and encourage access to all citizens.
02-22-2021
Denyce Rusch []
CON
I have been an interested and a concerned citizen about election integrity for many years. I worked to help the state of Iowa use verifiable paper ballots.Iowa at this point in time, has one of the most secure and reliable election systems in the country, and I see no reason to change that by making it more difficult for people to get to the polls and vote according to the rules. The County registrars I have been privileged to work with have all had no problem with our present absentee ballot and early voting systems.The proposed changes amount to draconian measures to keep people from exercising their right to vote here in Iowa. They are unneeded, unwarranted, and unIowan. Please vote NO on HF 590.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
As a life long Iowa voter I realize the importance of a convenient access to exercise our voting rights. This past general election proved that more access with mail in ballots and generous timelines were accurate, secure and more accessible. Any restrictions, like what is being commented on today in HF590 demonstrates the purposeful voter suppression favored by the current majority party. There is no need for this kind of legislation in Iowa. I oppose the proposed HF 590. Thank you for your consideration.
02-22-2021
Tina Mann [Self]
CON
This Bill is voting obstruction. For those who want to do not want to vote in person, the window of time needs to stay open.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
02-22-2021
Joe Griffith [None]
CON
The Most Undemocratic move by the state legislature in my memory.It is hard for me to imagine any excuse for this proposal to become law.
02-22-2021
Anonymous []
CON
This bill seems mostly intended to make it more difficult to vote in general, and specifically absentee or early. It doesn't seem to be based on evidence but purely on the controlling party's desire to make it more difficult to vote.
02-22-2021
Andrew Kelley []
CON
It is beyond reprehensible that some of our elected officials would look at the amazing success and turnout of the 2020 election only to conclude that "too many people are participating in our Democratic elections. We must make it harder."One only need to look at the staggering ratio of the submitted comments opposed to this bill to see that the Republican legislators pushing it are not working for or representing Iowan voters.Progress is removing barriers to voting and making the act more accessible to all Iowans. This bill instead closes access and creates unnecessary and unjustified hurdles.Reject HF590
02-22-2021
Daniel McCue []
CON
We have an opportunity to make it easier to use safe, fraudproof tools that will make it easier for more Iowans to exercise their American rights to vote. The proposed changes will make it harder for Iowans to vote. In addition, the rules may disenfranchise Iowa voters.
02-22-2021
Craig Albright []
CON
This bill is an egregious attempt at voter suppression and nothing else. There is virtually no evidence of voter fraud in Iowa. Democracy requires participation and voting should be held as a civic duty and sacred right of the people. Attempts to restrict voting are those of authoritarian despots and fear addled power mongers. Reject this antidemocratic tactic and represent the will of the people.
02-22-2021
Stanley Ziewacz []
CON
I am opposed to cutting the early voting period; I am opposed to not letting people get help delivering their ballots to the auditor's office; and I am