Civil Rights Group Sues Over Iowa Voter Suppression Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa sued the Iowa secretary of state and attorney general on Monday night, after the governor signed voter suppression bill Senate File 413 into law. The bill adds new restrictions at almost every stage of the voting process, including shortening absentee ballot return periods, cutting early voting days and hours, enacting new voter ID requirements, limiting ballot drop boxes and more. 

Republican legislators have justified these new restrictions with claims they would enhance “election integrity” — even after the Republican secretary of state and other prominent election officials repeatedly assured voters the election was fair and accurate. The suit points out this obvious contradiction and argues the bill imposes “unnecessary voting restrictions independently and collectively impose an undue burden on the fundamental right to vote” and is thus unconstitutional. 

Read the complaint here.