Letters to the Editor

Hart pursues a path of voter suppression

On Nov. 3, voters went to the polls to determine who would represent the Iowa 2nd Congressional District Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks or Democrat Rita Hart. At the end of the day on Nov. 3, the contest was too close to call. In the ensuing days, Miller-Meeks was found to have a slim majority. Due to the closeness of the race, Hart requested that ballots be recounted, which was her right and some would say an obligation to the voters who had voted for her.

Following recounts, Miller-Meeks was found to have maintained a razor thin six-vote majority and was certified as the winner.

Even with a certified winner, our system of elections still permits Hart to contest the election in the Iowa court system. But she has chosen a different, archaic path. Hart intends to call on the U.S. House of Representatives to select a winner for Iowa’s 2nd District. The Democratically-controlled House under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi, a woman whose scruples vanished years ago, could vote to overturn the will of the Iowa voters. Democrats have long accused Republicans of attempting to suppress votes through voter ID, registration and residency requirements. But Hart’s move to have the Democratically-controlled U.S. House select our Congressional representative would be the supreme act of voter suppression. All Iowans should be outraged.

Lisa Wachendorf

Coralville

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