Postal Scan Shows House District 55 Ballots Mailed in Time for Election

A northeast Iowa county election official says U.S. Postal Service officials have scanned postal bar codes on 33 ballots that were not counted in an Iowa House race and found 29 were mailed in time to be counted.

Kayla Koether (KAY-tur), the Democratic candidate for Iowa House District 55 in Clayton, Fayette and Winneshiek counties, trailed her opponent, Republican incumbent Michael Bergan, by nine votes after the general election. She won a court ruling Monday that gave her the right to determine whether the absentee ballots were mailed on time. Further court action will now take place to decide whether they will be counted.

Counting the ballots could flip the results of the race.

Koether had sued election officials who refused to count the ballots because they lacked a postmark. The ballots contain a postal bar code that Koether says can prove the mailing date. State and county election officials say Iowa law doesn’t allow postal bar codes to be used to authenticate ballots, but a judge ordered them scanned.

 

(story courtesy of AP)