Public Hearing On Voter ID Bill

Rebel Snodgrass testifies on behalf of HF 516

Rebel Snodgrass testifies on behalf of HF 516

A public hearing was held on Monday for HF 516, a bill to improve election integrity in Iowa.  During this time, Iowans had an opportunity to speak in favor of or against the bill.

HF 516 would require voters to present a valid ID to vote, and moves the deadline for returning absentee ballots up to allow more time to correct errors. The bill would also add post-election audits to verify results.

Speaking on behalf of the bill, Renee Schultz, a former Representative and political consultant from Cedar Rapids, said that there have been incidents of voters who listed hotels and non-existent addresses as their place of residence.

“There have even been cases of counties that had more registered voters than residents. You have to have an ID to purchase alcohol or go through airport security. And in primaries, every vote matters.”

Rebel Snodgrass, a former candidate for the Iowa House, said that the majority of Iowans support this reform.

“69% of Iowans are in favor of this bill. People want this bill!”

The bill is expected to be debated on the House Floor on Tuesday.

MacKenzie Dreeszen is a legislative assistant in the Iowa House and a political consultant specializing in fundraising.