Iowa Enacts Second Voter Suppression Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signed Senate File 568 into law on Tuesday night, adding further restrictions to establishing satellite absentee voting sites and severely limiting third-party ballot collection in Iowa. The League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa swiftly filed an amended complaint against the state after the law’s passage.

The suit already challenges Senate File 413, which shortens absentee ballot return periods, cuts early voting days and hours, enacts new ID requirements, limits drop boxes and more. The amended complaint addresses the new voter suppression provisions enacted in S.F. 568, alleging that it and S.F. 413 violate various sections of the Iowa Constitution and place an undue burden on the right to vote on the state’s vulnerable and underrepresented citizens. Iowa saw no fraud or election irregularities during the 2020 election, which had historic voter turnout and absentee ballot use among residents. The Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate and other prominent election officials repeatedly assured voters the election was fair and accurate, which contradicts the flurry of new voter suppression bills the Legislature introduced this year.

Read the amended complaint here.

Learn more about the case here.