Iowa Republican leaders oppose federal election bill

An election bill working through the U.S. Congress is “expensive, unnecessary (and) a huge federal overreach,” according to two Iowa Republican leaders.

The bill, S.1, is a sweeping, 818-page election law that would overrule voting restrictions in many states. The bill would require states meet a standardized set of rules for ballot access, allow online voter registration and registration at state agencies, expand early voting to 15 days minimum, mandate ballot drop boxes based on population, forbid gerrymandering and create new reporting requirements and restrictions on campaign donations.

Jeff Kaufmann, chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, and Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate told reporters Tuesday that the legislation went against what Iowans wanted.

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