116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
What do you fear? That’s my question for Republican state legislators who passed new voter laws this year.
What do you fear when the Secretary of State sends out absentee ballot request forms (NOT ballots) to all registered voters? Are you afraid people might request a ballot and … vote? Are you afraid older Iowans who can’t easily get to a polling place might vote? Are you afraid that Iowans who are Black, Latino, Indigenous, young and LGBTQ+ might vote; that our essential workers who work long, irregular hours and can’t otherwise get to the polls might vote?
Are you so afraid of their votes that you narrowed the window for absentee ballots and shortened the early voting window? And what fear leads you to threaten election officials with high fines for minor procedural errors?
In 2020, Iowa had its highest-turnout, most secure election ever. Just ask Republican Secretary of State Pate: “I’m proud of all the work our election officials and poll worker put in … we had record-breaking turnout … Iowans’ commitment to civic participation is unrivaled.”
Iowa’s 2020 election was free and fair. More than 1 million voted absentee. There was no lack of voting integrity. These laws will make it more difficult for many to vote — including elderly, ill Iowans and people with disabilities — and every single Iowan’s vote matters.
I can only conclude that you passed these laws because you fear people’s votes.
Our votes are our voices. Hear them, don’t fear them.