In Next Step of Election Contest, Miller-Meeks Seeks to Block Election Recount, Disenfranchise Iowa Voters
Hart: “Let All Iowans Have Their Voices and Votes Heard”
22 Legally-cast, Uncounted Ballots Will Put Hart Ahead by Nine Votes
WHEATLAND, IOWA — Today, as part of the next step in the election contest filed by Rita Hart on December 22, Mariannettee Miller-Meeks officially moved to disenfranchise at least 22 Iowa voters who have not yet had their votes counted in the race for Iowa’s Second Congressional District. Following an inconsistent recount process which Miller-Meeks acknowledged left votes uncounted, Rita Hart has asked the U.S. House for a full and thorough recount of every ballot in the race to ensure the outcome was accurate.
“As I have said from the beginning of this entire process, nothing is more important than ensuring every Iowan has their vote counted. But at this moment we know twenty-two voters in Iowa’s Second Congressional District still have not had their legally-cast votes counted and thousands of other voters have not had their ballots examined, which is why I filed a contest in the House to ensure these voters are not left disenfranchised.” said IA-02 candidate Rita Hart. Mariannette Miller-Meeks herself has acknowledged that there are votes yet to be counted, which makes her attempt to stop votes from being counted even more disappointing. It is crucial to me that this bipartisan review by the U.S. House is fair, and I hope our leaders will move swiftly to address this contest and ensure all votes are counted. Iowans deserve to know that the candidate who earned the most votes represents them and after making sure all ballots are counted, it will be clear that I have won this election.”
On background, here’s what some of the IA-02 voters whose legally-cast ballots have yet to be counted have said about why their votes should be counted:
“This is my first time voting and I was really excited to elect Rita for my first person vote,” said Johnson County voter Trajae Lackland. “You know, coming from history and … how people of color, wasn’t being able to vote, it really hurts my heart that I didn’t, I didn’t get to vote.”
Johnson County voter Mike Overholt said “I submitted my ballot, and I sealed the envelopes as best I could. And then made sure to put them in the ballot box and, what I found out about mine was that the glue didn’t stick right … So I, I was really disappointed when I heard that this was the reason why my ballot wasn’t counted, just because of the, the number of sacrifices and arrangements we made to try to get this to take part in the, in the vote and I especially want my vote to count because I did it legally.”
“I want my vote to be counted, you know I had voted ever since I’ve been 18 years old, and I think it’s my right to do that and I want certain people in the offices, so I think something should be done,” Scott County voter Jo Donna Loetz said.
“I later found out that my ballot was not counted due to an issue with the envelope. So, yeah I was pretty disappointed because voting is very important to me as a woman and as an American citizen, I think it’s important to exercise your vote, your right to vote. And I was very sad to hear that my vote wasn’t counted because it’s important to me,” Johnson County voter Sadie Rhomberg said. “I’m glad that we’re doing this and it’s pretty obvious that at least in Iowa, not all the votes were counted.”
For the full text of Rita Hart’s Notice of Contest, please click HERE.