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Voting Rights And The Latest Iowa Poll

Kamala Harris
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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks about voting rights, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, from the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Host Ben Kieffer talks with political analysts about the debate in the U.S. Senate over voting rights and the results of a new Iowa Poll.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by two political scientists, Jonathan Hassid of Iowa State University and Megan Goldberg of Cornell College to discuss the results of a procedural vote Tuesday on the "For the People Act."

"This is a reaction to, I think every state has seen some kind of introduction of a bill meant to restrict ballot access," Goldberg said. "But I think, you know, a few important points are separating ballot access with the right to vote is a little bit tricky, because if you don't have access to a ballot it's unclear that you really have the right to vote."

Kieffer also discussed a new Iowa poll that shows support for Senator Grassley has decreased while support for Senator Ernst has increased. The poll also showed that Iowans' approval rating for President Biden is underwater, but Governor Reynolds has seen her job approval number increase.

Jonathan Hassid, associate professor of political science, Iowa State University
Megan Goldberg, assistant professor of political science, Cornell College.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk