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Ottumwa League of Women Voters holds rally in favor of For the People act

Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 7:06 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - A voting bill running through the U.S. Senate inspired a rally at Ottumwa Central Park on Thursday.

The Ottumwa League of Women Voters came out in support of the For the People Act.

That bill would expand voting accessibility and government accountability.

Mary Stewart, the President of the organization, says their rally is to draw attention to the Bill - which many people might not know about.

”We all just hold really strong beliefs that voting should be accessible to everyone.”

She also gave people interested in the bill an action plan:

“Increase voting rights, pay attention, look at the bill, watch for the bill, see what it means and what it stands for, make up your mind, and then you vote.”

The Wapello County Republicans released a statement to KYOU, saying to pay attention to the bill, and that it could reduce the security of votes and lead to potential fraud:

“Making sure your vote is secure and counts is the foundation of our Republic. We do not want the Federal Government to run our elections. It is the responsibility of the states to manage elections. The bill in the US Senate would remove the voter ID, allow ballots mailed to all and not verify who receives them. It will reduce the security of your vote and ballots. Creating the long time frame to count votes leads to potential fraud. Iowa requires votes to be counted election night. Which is a secure system. Take time to read the bill. See what changes they want to make. I believe Iowans will agree that we want Iowa to run our elections for security and accessibility require person ID.”

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