From Hart campaign: Rita Hart for Iowa Files for Recount in IA-02 Race
WHEATLAND, IOWA — Rita Hart for Iowa announced today that the campaign will be filing for a complete recount in all twenty-four counties in the district, citing numerous counting and tabulation irregularities over the last week. By end of the day Friday, November 13, 2020, the campaign will deliver written filings to all twenty-four county auditors in person outlining the request for a recount.
“With so much at stake in this election and such a slim margin separating the candidates, Iowans deserve to know categorically that their ballots have been accurately counted. Over the last several days, multiple consequential errors have materialized in this race that have serious implications for the district’s future representation. Given the errors found in Jasper and Lucas counties at the eleventh hour, we are moving forward today with requests for a complete recount of each precinct in the Second Congressional District to make sure all results have been reported accurately. Anything less will perpetuate doubt around this election,” said Campaign Manager Zach Meunier.
On Friday, Secretary of State Paul Pate announced a significant over-reporting error in Jasper County, triggering a county-wide recount. Earlier this week, Pate announced yet another reporting error, this time involving under-reported votes in Lucas County. The Associated Press announced earlier this week that it will not call the race until results are officially certified by the Secretary of State. Iowa law generally requires a party seeking a recount to post a bond, but because the currently understood margin in this race is so narrow, Rita Hart for Iowa will not need to post a bond.
While the importance of this recount cannot be overstated, given the pandemic’s spread in Iowa, Rita Hart for Iowa is fully committed to taking all necessary steps to protect the health and well-being of attendees. In her recount filings, Senator Rita Hart will urge county auditors to incorporate social distancing and require personal protective equipment (PPE) for all those who are participating in and observing the recount.