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2nd Iowa judge backs GOP, rules Woodbury ballot requests invalid

An absentee ballot request form for the state of Iowa.
An absentee ballot request form for the state of Iowa.(Mary Green/KCRG)
Published: Aug. 29, 2020 at 9:53 AM CDT
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A second Iowa judge has ruled in favor of President Donald Trump’s campaign and ordered a county to invalidate at least 14,000 absentee ballot requests.

In his ruling Friday evening, Judge Patrick Tott found that Woodbury County elections commissioner Patrick Gill acted improperly when he sent absentee ballot request forms to 57,000 registered voters that had their personal information filled in. About 14,000 have been returned so far.

The Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and other GOP groups sued three Iowa counties.

The decision came a day after another judge ruled that Linn County officials also had violated the secretary of state’s directive.

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