GOP asks Iowa Supreme Court to stay ruling on absentee forms

An Iowa absentee ballot request form.
An Iowa absentee ballot request form.(KCRG File)
Published: Oct. 6, 2020 at 12:20 PM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican groups are asking the Iowa Supreme Court to stay a judge’s ruling that blocked enforcement of a state order that’s been used to invalidate tens of thousands of absentee ballot requests.

The Republican National Committee, President Trump’s reelection campaign and other GOP groups said in a court filing that Iowa’s election administration could be thrown into “chaos” if the ruling stands.

At issue is a Monday ruling by Judge Robert Hanson blocking Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate from enforcing a directive that required counties to mail blank absentee ballot applications to voters instead of ones pre-filled with their personal information.

Hanson found the directive would harm the public’s interest in making absentee voting as easy as possible.

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