WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republicans filed a motion to intervene in pending litigation over Iowa’s new voter suppression law, Senate File 413, on Thursday. The bill, signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) in early March, added new voting restrictions like shortened absentee ballot return periods, fewer early voting days and hours, new voter ID requirements, limits on ballot drop boxes and more.
After the bill’s passage, the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa sued, arguing that the new legislation’s provisions create an undue burden on the fundamental right to vote in violation of the Iowa Constitution. On Thursday, the Republican National Committee (RNC), National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and Republican Party of Iowa moved to intervene as defendants in the pending suit, claiming that the party had a vested interest in the competitive environment the legislation alters, and that repealing it would “confuse voters and undermine confidence in the electoral process.”