The Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling under a new law that makes it difficult to fill out absence requests before the upcoming deadline.
In decision 4-3, which is seen as a victory for Republicans, the court said county councilors should contact a candidate when there is a problem with their absence.
Previously, auditors were allowed to fill in any missing information they were able to obtain from the state voter registration database.
“We are not convinced that the statute imposes a significant burden on those who are absent. This is not a direct burden on the vote itself, “wrote a majority of the four-judge panel.
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The minority claims that the majority misses the point and that in this case it is not a question of filling in the form for a request for absence. Instead, they say, the case is a “back-end process of correcting mistakes that apparently occur on a large scale in a timely manner and returning a missing ballot to the voter in time to use it.”
The decision was the second in favor of Republicans in the last week. Last week, the court ruled that pre-filled forms of absence requests could not be sent to voters.
The deadline for applying for leave of absence in Iowa is 17:00 on Saturday, October 24.
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More than 608,000 Iowans voted either by absentee or early voting, the secretary of state said Wednesday morning, according to the Des Moines registry.