SEVERE WX: Winter Weather Advisory View Alerts
CLOSINGS: View Closings

Iowa Supreme Court hears arguments in voter ID law appeal

The Iowa Supreme Court has heard arguments about a legal challenge to a new state voter identification law and a judge's ruling that puts several aspects of absentee voting in the law on hold.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 1:44 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has heard arguments about a legal challenge to a new state voter identification law and a judge's ruling that puts several aspects of absentee voting in the law on hold.

Under an injunction issued in July by a judge the state is prohibited from shortening the time to cast absentee ballots from 40 days to 29 days. It is also be barred from requiring that absentee ballots include a voter verification number and from allowing ballots to be thrown out when a local election official determines the voter's signature doesn't match one on file.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate's appeal asks the court to overturn the injunction.

Arguments Thursday focused on whether the law causes harm by disenfranchising voters, especially Latinos who vote absentee in large numbers.

A lawyer for the state says there was no indication in the June primary that voters couldn't handle the new restrictions.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady said at the end of arguments that "it's an important question that needs a quick answer."

Article Comments

Mason City
Overcast
20° wxIcon
Hi: 21° Lo: 6°
Feels Like: 9°
Albert Lea
Overcast
19° wxIcon
Hi: 20° Lo: 4°
Feels Like: 11°
Austin
Scattered Clouds
21° wxIcon
Hi: 21° Lo: 7°
Feels Like: 12°
Charles City
Broken Clouds
19° wxIcon
Hi: 21° Lo: 6°
Feels Like: 8°
Rochester
Clear
17° wxIcon
Hi: 18° Lo: 7°
Feels Like: 6°
Prepare for an arctic onslaught! Brutally cold air heads in tonight alongside strong NW winds.
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Pipes burst at Southbridge Mall

Image

Flooding at iconic Rochester hotel

Image

StormTeam 3 Weather Forecast: Bitter cold temps on the way

Image

Rochester City Council to talk policing downtown

Image

The future of Rochester's iconic corn water tower still up in the air

Image

Preventing frozen pipes

Image

Keeping the runways clear

Image

Catholic community conversation

Image

Affordable Housing and the Government Shutdown

Image

North Iowa Bulls' Poczos recalled to NAHL club

Community Events