The Democratic leader in the Iowa Senate plans to push for on-line voter registration in Iowa. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs says young people, in particular, expect to be able to conduct most of their personal business on-line and legislators should take steps to allow eligible Iowans to register to vote online. “Twenty states have on-line registration and have no problems with that, so that’s one of the things I’d like to see,” Gronstal says.
Earlier this month Gronstal attended a national voting rights conference. He’s not anticipating the Republican-led Iowa House and Democratically led Iowa Senate will be able to agree to adopt many of the proposals discussed at the conference, but he may also try to change Iowa’s absentee balloting process. Under the current system voters must fill out an absentee ballot request form for each election.
“I’d love to be able to have my absentee ballots come for every election to my home because I always have to think in advance and plan for that and it’s not always predictable,” Gronstal says, “so that’s something I’d like to look at as well.”