New Election Reform Law Ensures Every Legal Vote is Counted

IowaFRW Thanks the Governor and Legislature for Leading on Voter Laws
CEDAR RAPIDS (Tuesday, March 9, 2021) – Iowa’s new election integrity law is a victory for free and fair elections everywhere, Iowa Federation of Republican Women President Barbara Hames-Bryant said today. “The 2020 election in Iowa proved that every vote counts and every legal vote needs to be counted. Iowa’s new election law will ensure that each ballot registered is legitimate, timely, and valid.”

“The new law also shortens the election cycle, which is appreciated by Iowa first-in-the-nation voters,” Hames-Bryant continued. “This tighter and more reasonable time frame ensures we have results of elections right away, so we don’t have to wait days or weeks for the outcome. The waiting only serves to agitate the public and invite second-guessing.”

Iowa continues to lead the nation by strengthening voter ID laws and ensuring common-sense reforms are enacted to tackle election fraud and irregularities. On Monday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law Senate File 413, “an Act relating to the conduct of elections, including absentee ballots and voter list maintenance activities, making penalties applicable, and including effective date and applicability provisions.”

“The Iowa Legislature makes the laws. It is our job as election officials to follow those laws,” said Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State. “Iowa is consistently one of the top states in the nation for voter registration and participation and I’ll keep striving to make us number one. Our goal has always been to make it easy to vote, but hard to cheat.”

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement: “This is what leadership looks like. I applaud Governor Reynolds and legislative Republicans for showing Iowans that the GOP is listening to their concerns and defending the integrity of our election system. While our election systems were already strong, this bill improves upon the work Republicans did in 2017, when they passed Voter ID laws. The 2020 election showed us where shortfalls in our system existed and Iowa Republicans created solutions targeted at fixing those shortfalls.”

The Iowa Federation of Republican Women ( is the premier organization for uniting voices and values within the Republican Party, and is part of the National Federation of Republican Women, founded in 1938. The NFRW ( is the largest and most influential women’s political organization in the nation, proudly representing the party that first made it possible for women to vote in the United States, and working to increase the effectiveness and relevance of women in the cause of good government. Our mission is to recruit and elect Republican candidates, promote the principles of the Republican Party, educate the public, and inform the media.

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