Hart Asks For Fair Process To Count All Legal Votes

Rita Hart Urges All Legal Votes to be Counted in IA-02 Race, Asks for Fair Process to Count All Legal Votes In Response to Committee Questions

Hart renews call for at least 22 wrongfully excluded voters to have their voices heard

WHEATLAND, IOWA — Today, [Monday] following The House Committee on Administration’s decision to move forward and review the IA-02 contest on its merits, Rita Hart submitted a response to committee questions outlining a fair and transparent process that will expeditiously ensure all lawful ballots are counted. Hart filed a Notice of Contest with the U.S. House of Representatives after an initial state recount process left thousands of ballots in question, and specifically disenfranchised 22 voters in Iowa’s Second Congressional District. Federal law provides that this contest is the proper avenue for Congress to fulfill its duty and ensure that all Iowa voters have their voices heard and guarantee fulfillment of each voter’s constitutional right to have their legal ballots counted.

“As I have said from the beginning of this entire process, nothing is more important than ensuring every Iowan has their vote counted,” said IA-02 candidate Rita Hart. “Everyone, including Mariannette Miller-Meeks, has acknowledged that there are uncounted votes left and we cannot allow twenty-two Iowans to be disenfranchised due to administrative errors. It is crucial to me to make sure that this review by the U.S. House is fair, transparent, and follows the facts. Iowans deserve to know that the candidate who earned the most votes is seated.”

In the Notice of Contest, Hart details 22 legally cast ballots that were unlawfully excluded from the state-certified results in Iowa’s Second Congressional District. These ballots, which when added to the count prove Rita won this race, include:

  • 2 curbside ballots cast by voters living with a disability in Scott County who legally-cast their ballots under Iowa law, are permitted to vote from their vehicles and have their votes counted. Both of these were votes for Hart.

  • 9 absentee ballots cast by voters in Marion County who legally-cast their ballots but inexplicably had them not counted in the initial canvass and therefore the ballots were not permitted to be counted in the recount. 5 of these votes were for Hart, 3 for Miller-Meeks, and 1 was an undervote for neither candidate.

  • 1 provisional ballot cast by a voter in Johnson County that was legally-cast and for which the voter provided the requisite proof of residency and identity by the November 9 deadline, but was uncounted due to election worker error. This was a vote for Hart.

  • 1 absentee ballot cast by a voter in Johnson County, which was unlawfully rejected by election workers due to the location of a signature on an affidavit envelope. This was a vote for Hart.

  • 2 absentee ballots cast by voters in Johnson County who received pre-sealed ballot envelopes and therefore had to unseal the envelopes to place their ballots inside before securely sealing them. These votes were unlawfully rejected. These were votes for Hart.

  • 5 absentee ballots cast by voters in Johnson and Scott Counties  who have sworn under oath that they sealed their return envelopes but election workers rejected the ballots for not being “properly sealed”. These were votes for Hart.

  • 2 absentee ballots cast by voters in Des Moines and Wapello Counties who, despite placing their ballots in drop boxes by the deadline had their ballots rejected because the drop boxes were in Linn County. These were votes for Hart.

**To read the full response to committee questions click here. To read the full Notice of Contest click here.

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