Governor Kim Reynolds says the outcome of Iowa’s contested second congressional district race could be a harbinger of efforts to federalize U.S. elections. During a news conference at Iowa G-O-P headquarters, Reynolds again blasted Democrat Rita Hart for asking a U.S. House committee to review ballots cast in her race against Republican Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks.
House Democrats passed House Resolution — H-R One — earlier this month and, among other things, it seeks to bar states from limiting the ability to vote by mail. Iowa G-O-P chairman Jeff Kaufmann says Hart’s decision to ask a U.S. House committee to review the second district race isn’t illegal, but he says it’s immoral.
At least a half dozen Democrats in the U.S. House have publicly expressed concerns about overturning Miller-Meeks election after former President Trump pressed to have congress overturn his loss to President Biden. Hart’s attorney, Marc Elias, says they have identified 22 legally cast ballots that were not counted.
The U.S. House has considered more than 100 petitions like Hart’s over the past eight decades and wound up overturning the results in just four cases.