WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the tightest congressional race in the country, Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District Democratic candidate Rita Hart trails behind Republican candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks by fewer than 50 votes out of more than 394,000 cast. On Nov. 13, the Hart campaign filed for a complete recount in all 24 counties in the 2nd Congressional District. “With so much at stake in this election and such a slim margin separating the candidates, Iowans deserve to know categorically that their ballots have been accurately counted,” said Hart campaign Manager Zach Meunier in an official statement.
Each county appoints a three-member board made up of one person chosen by the Hart campaign, one person chosen by the Miller-Meeks campaign and a third person agreed upon by the two campaigns. Counties are required to complete the recount process by Nov. 28.