🗳 An Iowa judge struck down part of a 2017 voter ID law dealing with absentee ballots — a decision opponents of the law say will make it easier for voters to get ballots and Secretary of State Paul Pate said will make it "easier to cheat."
The rule on absentee ballot requests stated that auditors must call, email, send a letter or speak to the voter in person to obtain missing information.
Opponents of the voter ID law said it made no sense to block elections officials from using the [voter registration] database to look up information like a missing address. The database has been in use for years.
Romano wrote in her ruling that preventing county auditors from using the database "is clearly against reason and evidence."
"The court finds that the secretary's interpretation is erroneous. Forbidding commissioners from using the voter registration system entirely is a direct contradiction of the term 'best means available,'" Romano wrote in her ruling.
Secretary of State Paul Pate said the decision will make it "easier to cheat."
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