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Iowa Supreme Court Says Finkenauer’s Name Can Appear on June Primary Ballot

The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a district court ruling — allowing U.S. Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer’s name to be listed on the June Primary ballot.

The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected the challenge two Republicans filed to three signatures on Finkenauer’s nominating petitions. The proper date was not listed on the signature lines. If the Supreme Court had ruled the three signatures were invalid, Finkenauer would not have had enough signatures to qualify for the Primary ballot.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court said just last year the legislature passed a law outlining the specific reasons for rejecting signatures on nominating petitions, but that law did not address missing or incorrect dates on the subject line.

Election officials must mail absentee ballots to overseas voters by April 23rd. The secretary of state’s office indicated Monday at 5 p.m. was the deadline for printing the ballots. If the Supreme Court’s decision had been delayed, the district court judge’s ruling would have prevented Finkenauer’s name from being listed on ballots.

The Iowa Supreme Court justices just heard arguments from attorneys representing the two sides in this case on Wednesday.


story courtesy of Radio Iowa


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