Auditor concerned voting reform bill could suppress college voters
Some are calling a voting reform bill now in the Iowa Senate an attempt at suppressing college voters. The Republican-backed Senate Study Bill 12-41 passed out of a committee this week.
Among other changes, it would ban early voting in state-run buildings.
That would include Iowa's three public university campuses - but not on private college campuses.
Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert said those are some of the more popular early voting stations he runs. It would also block any early voting at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Wiepert sees it as an attack on voting rights for college students who typically vote Democrat.
"When this comes right down to it, it's voter suppression targeting students at the three public universities”, said Weipert.
University of Iowa students said the changes will make it harder to vote.
"When this comes right down to it, it's voter suppression targeting students at the three public universities," said University of Iowa student Sarah Henry.
The bill also requires graduates of Iowa, Iowa State, and Northern Iowa to file a form asking if they plan to move out of state. If yes - their voter registration is voided.
Supporters said the goal is to make access consistent statewide since some counties have more state-run buildings than others.