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Election 2020

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A University of Iowa law professor and member of a recount board in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District is calling for a review of state laws on rejecting ballots. A forthcoming article in the Iowa Law Review details some of these rules, which might surprise some Iowans.

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Republican Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks says her lawyer was doing his "due diligence" in looking for rejected ballots across Iowa's 2nd Congressional District. The search comes as the recently-sworn in representative prepares for the prospect of defending her six vote victory before the U.S. House.

Hart Attorney Remains 'Confident' in Election Contest Before the U.S. House

Jan 26, 2021

A lawyer for former Democratic state Sen. Rita Hart is expressing confidence in the campaign's case before the U.S. House challenging the election results in southeast Iowa's 2nd Congressional District.

Miller-Meeks Files Motion to Dismiss Hart's Election Challenge Before U.S. House

Jan 22, 2021
John Pemble/Iowa Public Radio file

Southeast Iowa Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) filed a motion asking the U.S. House to dismiss a challenge brought by her opponent, former Democratic state Sen. Rita Hart, who is disputing Miller-Meek's six-vote victory in the November election.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said Thursday there are "a lot of questions" about the results of the presidential election and expressed sympathy for Americans who still don't believe that Democrat Joe Biden won.

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Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks said she's gotten every indication she will be sworn in next month to serve as the next representative for Iowa's Second Congressional District.

State Certifies Miller-Meeks As Winner In Iowa's 2nd Congressional District

Dec 1, 2020
John Pemble/Iowa Public Radio

State officials formally certified Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks as the next representative of Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District on Monday, declaring her the winner in the closest federal race in the country." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

Hart to Request Recounts in All 24 Counties in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District

Nov 13, 2020
Courtesy of Rita Hart Campaign

Former Democratic state Sen. Rita Hart will request a full recount of each precinct in all 24 counties in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District. The step is the latest in a series of dramatic developments in the race, which remains too close to call and is considered one of the closest in the country.

Voters in west central Illinois reelected their congressional representatives and their state representatives, and they elected a new judge for the 9th Judicial Circuit. More Illinois election results can be found here.

The unofficial final results show an incredibly close outcome for the region’s congressional seat. A state senator lost his re-election race, and a former state senator lost in his bid to return to office. More Iowa election results can be found here.

Republicans swept the elections for statewide office in Missouri. Governor Mike Parson won his first full term. More Missouri election results can be found here.

Rich Egger

Media outlets in other countries are closely following this year's presidential election in the United States. A couple researchers from Monmouth College are involved with a project to examine what is being reported and how it differs from four years ago.

In a small office on the first floor of the Sangamon County building in downtown Springfield, a team of three election judges pored over dozens of yellow ballot-certification envelopes on a recent morning.

How to Vote in Iowa During the Final Days of the 2020 Election

Oct 29, 2020
Charlie Neibergall/AP

Iowa's deadlines for requesting an absentee ballot and for voter pre-registration have passed, but there are still opportunities for everyone to register and vote. These are your options in the final days of voting in the 2020 general election.

Iowa Voters Can Fix 'Defective' Absentee Ballots That Arrive Before Election Day

Oct 27, 2020
Grant Gerlock/Iowa Public Radio News File

Election officials say the most common mistake Iowans make while voting by mail is forgetting to sign the affidavit envelope before returning their ballot. That prevents a ballot from getting counted.

Mary Hansen / NPR Illinois

With three weeks to go until Election Day, more than 526,000 Illinois voters have already cast their ballots, according to data from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Hart, Miller-Meeks Face Off In 2nd Congressional District Debate

Sep 25, 2020

Candidates for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District sparred over each other's records, and fielded questions on healthcare, the coronavirus, and the economy during Thursday night's debate at Iowa PBS studios.

There were just a few contested primaries in western Illinois this year.  Voters in a few communities also considered local government referenda.

Rajvee Subramanian

Emiliano Vera and Scott Stoll are running for the Democratic nomination for 93rd District State Representative in Illinois. The winner will challenge incumbent Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) in this fall's election.

Five candidates are vying to become the Republican nominee to run against incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in November.

With less than a month until Illinois’ primary election, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading in a new poll of Illinois voters. But the field is still quite divided.

Three Republicans made their cases for why they deserve their party's nomination for the 17th Congressional District this March.

Truth and justice were the themes for Kamala Harris during a campaign stop in Bettendorf . On Sunday afternoon a crowd of about 800 turned out to hear one of the many democrats competing for next year's presidential nomination.

Iowa Democrats Propose "Virtual Caucuses"

Feb 13, 2019
Clay Masters / Iowa Public Radio

The first major changes to the Iowa Democratic caucuses were proposed Monday. Iowans who take part in the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating process would be able to do so virtually if the proposal is approved by a central party committee and the Democratic National Committee.