Attorneys for Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate were at the Iowa Supreme Court today, arguing for reinstatement of parts of Iowa’s new Voter ID law. Requiring an ID at the polls doesn’t take effect until next year, but new rules for absentee ballots went into effect this year. Last month, a district court judge issued a temporary injunction halting those parts of the law. The Secretary of State wants the injunction lifted so the new absentee ballot rules can be in effect for the November election.
The restrictions were in place for some special elections and the June primary this year, including allowing ballots to be thrown out if signatures don’t match.
Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins questioned whether voters were harmed.
“We’ve had all these elections and we haven’t seen any ballots rejected, that’s what they’re saying, due to mismatched signatures,” Wiggins said.