Iowa Secretary Of State Paul Pate announced on Twitter this afternoon the recognization of Iowa’s 2018 law requiring ID at voter polls.
Pate Reminded voters that despite various pushback, voter turnout for Iowa increased.
Five years ago today, we instituted #VoterID in Iowa when then-Governor Branstad signed it into law. The naysayers claimed it would suppress the vote. The opposite happened. We had record turnout in 2018, 2020 & 2021 & Voter ID helps us protect the integrity of the vote. pic.twitter.com/lfbegHozUi
— Paul Pate (@PateforIowa) May 5, 2022
House File 516 was signed into law by former Governor Terry Branstad, and was met with backlash from multiple progressive organizations asserting it would cut down on voter participation and squash minority voices.
Although multiple lawsuits were filed against the law, Judge Joseph Seidlin, the judge preceding over the lawsuits, Seidlin still upheld the requirement for a government ID present at voter polls to vote, while also ruling some parts of the law favored by Republicans to be unconstitutional and in need to be adjusted.