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The U.S. House Administration Committee moved to consider Democrat Rita Hart’s challenge of the results in last November’s election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.
The committee voted in favor of considering the challenge and tabling a motion by Hart’s opponent, GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, to dismiss the appeal.
The decision will allow Hart to present evidence in support of her petition to the committee, which will then present a full report to the House recommending who should fill the seat.
After the November general election, Iowa officials conducted three recounts of the results in the 2nd district.
Secretary of State Paul Pate ordered a recount in Jasper County on Nov. 6 and one in Lucas County on Nov. 10.
On Nov. 13, Hart requested a full recount of votes in all 24 counties in the district.
After this recount, Miller-Meeks — the Republican — was certified as the winner by 6 total votes.
On Dec. 2, Hart announced she would contest the election before the House Administration Committee.
She submitted a notice of contest on Dec. 22 that said 11 ballots were excluded due to poll worker errors and another 11 were excluded because of unsealed or damaged envelopes, having the voter’s signature in the wrong place, or having been left in a dropbox outside the county.
The notice asked the House to invalidate the state-certified results, count the ballots Hart said were excluded, and initiate a uniform hand recount in all 24 counties in the district.
Miller-Meeks was provisionally seated in the House on Jan. 3, and on Jan. 21, she filed a motion asking Congress to dismiss Hart’s challenge of the election results, saying that Hart should have pursued the matter through state procedures rather than filing a petition with the House.
Miller-Meeks said: “In Iowa, the votes were counted, recounted, and in some cases – recounted again. Now, Rita Hart is asking democrat politicians in DC to elect her because the voters of Iowa did not.”
If the committee recommends the matter to the full House, the chamber will decide the outcome by a majority vote.
Now, consider the irony here.
When Donald Trump raised valid questions about the election, Democrats had a full-blown meltdown and it even played a role in them trying to impeach him a second time.
Also, consider the dangerous precedent this could set if Democrats overturn the results of any election already certified.
The Republican was certified as the winner of the race after multiple recounts.