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A vote means nothing until it is counted

A vote means nothing until it is counted. The Republicans are hell bent to get Mariannette Miller-Meeks elected by six votes. They don’t want to confuse the election issue of the 2nd District in Rita Hart vs Miller-Meeks by actually counting all the votes.

Votes were not counted; in each county the recount of the ballots was flawed by discrepancies, errors, and inconsistencies in how the ballots were reviewed. This resulted in thousands of ballots with over votes and under votes not being evaluated for voter intention and absentee ballots ignored.

Rita Hart had a choice to either go before an Iowa five-judge panel to review the results in less than a week in what 72 recount board members were unable to adequately do in two weeks, or file a petition challenging the outcome with the U.S. House Committee on Administration for a full review of all the ballots cast in the race. She chose to have all the ballots counted.

Chuck Grassley, Joni Ernst, and Kim Reynolds are all crying crocodile tears about Rita Hart not choosing the five judge panel. After Reynolds’ packing of the judicial system, it is not reasonable to think Hart would get a fair decision. It would be like asking Hart to appear before the tribunal to have thumb screws tightened; gently. Fair hearing? I don’t think so. A vote means nothing until it is counted.

Joel Wells

Iowa City

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