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Election Changes and School Boards

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John Pemble / IPR
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Iowa’s Capitol.

One of the most controversial bills of the session proposes changing Iowa’s election laws and increasing penalties. It reduces the number of days for early voting, closes all polls at 8 p.m. and all absentee ballots must arrive at the auditor’s office by the time the polls close. The bill receives a public hearing. Two days later it passes in the House and Senate. The governor is considering signing the bill. Also, a bill from a Senate Education subcommittee advances that would make it easier for superintendents and school board members to be removed if they willfully violate Iowa laws concerning Iowa schools.

John Pemble is a reporter for IPR