DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers have been unable to change a state law on postmarked absentee ballots that may accidentally void some valid ballots.
Election officials say some valid ballots over the years could have been invalidated because the Postal Service doesn't always postmark business reply mail envelopes.
The state law has been in effect for years. But an accompanying administrative rule that allowed election officials to check the date on the enclosed voter affidavit was repealed in 2011.
The newspaper reports data collected in local elections from 2011 and 2013 show the issue is widespread throughout the state.
Legislators this session have failed to find a solution to the problem. Officials say the practice could continue during high-profile statewide contests this year, including the race for governor.