Election Changes and School Boards
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.