Last week Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law a bill that was fast tracked by the GOP dominated legislature. This law will place restrictions on absentee ballots, early voting, and time for voting on election day. This new Iowa law is at the forefront of a national trend of GOP backed bills. The Washington Post has reported that at least 250 new voter restriction laws have been proposed in 43 states across the country. This wave of action by the GOP follows in the wake of false claims purported by former President Donald Trump - that the 2020 election was stolen. Many experts say the laws will make it harder for people to vote. The GOP says the laws are about election integrity. Democrats say the laws are about voter suppression. This is the first part of a two-part series on voting laws with the first being a focus on Iowa, and the second, on Georgia.
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