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Judge hears arguments in Johnson County absentee ballot requests case

Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 6:31 PM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP/KCRG) — An Iowa judge who nullified 50,000 absentee ballot requests in Iowa’s second-largest county seems poised to void thousands more in a neighboring county at the urging of President Trump’s reelection campaign.

Judge Ian Thornhill heard arguments Wednesday in Johnson County, the state’s most Democratic-leaning, in a similar lawsuit brought by Trump’s campaign and Republican Party groups. He said he would issue a ruling soon but raised several points that he did in his Linn County ruling last month that gave Trump a sweeping legal victory.

Trump’s campaign argues that county elections commissioners in Johnson, Linn and Woodbury acted improperly when they mailed absentee ballot request forms to voters with their personal information already filled in.

About 15,000 of the pre-filled forms have been returned so far in Johnson County. If Thornhill rules in favor of the Trump campaign, those voters will have to fill out a new request form or vote in person.

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