Iowa Democrat Appeals to Nancy Pelosi to Overturn Opponent’s Election Win

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C) talks to reporters after she was re-elected to lead her conference at the U.S. Capitol November 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. The conference leadership elections were conducted with some members in-person at a Washington hotel and others joining by Zoom due to …
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Democrat Rita Hart is filing a notice of contest with the U.S. House of Representatives in Iowa’s District 2 election against her Republican opponent, Mariannette Miller-Meeks.

In a press release posted on Twitter, Hart’s campaign said the notice will be filed Tuesday “outlining why Rita is the winner of this race.”

“Further, the Notice explains why the House should count every legally cast ballot to guarantee fulfillment of each voter’s constitutional right”:

“With uncounted ballots remaining, she will ask Congress to fulfill its duty and ensure all voices in Iowa’s Second Congressional District are heard,” the release said.

However, a final recount on November 30 showed Miller-Meeks winning the race by six votes.

In a video posted Tuesday morning, Miller-Meeks said, “The election was a close one. So close, that a recount was done in every county which yielded the same winner. And every vote has been counted under Iowa law and recounted under Iowa law”:

Miller-Meeks added that Hart “wants Washington politicians to override the will of Iowa voters and disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Iowa voters.”

“Instead of choosing to follow the law, Rita Hart is seeking partisan power play,” she stated.

If the House decides to hear Hart’s case, it might create a situation in which all members of Congress would have to vote on whether she should be the official representative in the 2nd District, according to Fox News.

“Now Democrats — holding a razor-thin majority in the House — could be faced with a tough political predicament of deciding whether to let the Iowa results stand or vote to overturn them if a congressional recount comes out in favor of Hart,” the report said.

After Hart announced her plans to challenge the election results, Miller-Meeks told KCCI it shows that “this is a political, partisan process where they’re trying to get votes any way they can get votes whether or not an Iowan cast that ballot.”


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