House of Representatives to Decide on Iowa’s Second Congressional District Representative on Sunday

Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 6:20 AM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - On Sunday - the new Congress will be sworn in.

But the six votes separating Republican Mariannette Miller Meeks from Democrat Rita Hart mean things could change for Iowa’s Second Congressional District.

Rita Hart’s campaign recently filed an appeal to the House of Representatives contesting the election and asking to count the at least 22 ballots the Hart campaign claims were excluded. Hart’s campaign says that would put her in the lead instead of Miller-Meeks.

In a statement released Wednesday, her campaign said “That’s why I have asked a bipartisan committee in the House for a full recount and I look forward to a complete review of the election.”

Miller-Meeks’ campaign, however, calling Hart’s appeal “an attempt to have Washington politicians overturn the will of Iowans in the 2nd Congressional District.”

One of those Washington politicians is Congressman G.K. Butterfield -a Democrat from North Carolina and a member of the House Administration Committee and Subcommittee on Election. He will be one of the congressmen tasked with investigating Hart’s claims.

“I’m gonna be looking for evidence to determine whether or not there were reports of overseas votes military votes - if you will - that were not counted should have been counted. If we find that to be true then Rita Hart has a valid point. If it’s not true, then she should not win this election.”

Butterfield says while it’s premature to make any decision about this race, he says two possible options could be to hold a new election or to decide the seat itself.

However, for the time being, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she intends to allow Miller-Meeks to take office provisionally.

Miller-Meeks’ campaign says she is “looking forward to her swearing in on Sunday.” She also announced her resignation from the Iowa Senate today. However, they did not comment on what she plans to do if her House seat is overturned.

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