Absentee, early votes big part of Senate campaign strategy in Iowa

DAVENPORT — In 2010, more than 400,000 Iowa voters who were part of the record-breaking effort to elect Barack Obama two years earlier decided they wouldn't go to the polls.

More than four out of 10 of those missing voters were Democ [...]

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Secretary of State candidate wants to improve voting access for military

DES MOINES — The Democratic candidate seeking to be Iowa's next secretary of state offered three changes to Iowa voting laws Thursday that he hopes will increase participation in elections of military members serving overseas.

Brad A [...]

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Hatch taps Monica Vernon as running mate

Joining his call for a return to competence and trustworthiness in state government, a “pleased … proud … excited” Monica Vernon joined Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch in his bid for a fresh sta [...]

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New statewide vote reporting vendor set for Tuesday

Election night 2012 arguably was the biggest night of that year for the Iowa Secretary State’s office.

Its website was expected to handle tens of thousands of simultaneous views at any given time as people across the state, and potent [...]

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Campaign postcard leaves endorsed candidates crying foul

CEDAR RAPIDS — How many candidates can complain when some unknown backer pays to mail a postcard to Linn County Democratic voters on the eve a primary election to tell them to vote for you?

Four of them.

For now, no one is cl [...]

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Battle mounts in Iowa for absentee votes

DES MOINES — Candidate endorsements on the editorial page, a link to a buzzy campaign ad passed along by a friend and yard signs popping up on front lawns like so many springtime dandelions.

All are sure signs that Election Day is alm [...]

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Experts see trouble ahead for Democrats in Iowa, nationally

WASHINGTON — Democrats are finding that their path to keeping control of the U.S. Senate this year is getting bumpier.

At least four states where Democrats hold Senate seats that once were seen as fairly safe are now considered in pla [...]

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Linn Auditor catches likely violation

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa’s heavily used absentee voting system is open to irregularities and sloppy shortcuts that actually are violations of law, said Joel Miller, Linn County auditor and commissioner of elections.

As a case in poi [...]

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Poll: Ernst, Jacobs lead, but most undecided

DES MOINES — State Sen. Joni Ernst and Mark Jacobs are in a virtual tie for the lead in the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, but nearly half of Iowa GOP voters have yet to pick a candidate in the five-way race.


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