This week the Iowa House resolved a disputed election outcome in H-55. After the official canvas of the vote, incumbent Republican Michael Bergan was certified the winner by a nine-vote margin (out of nearly 14,000 votes cast). At issue were 29 ballots that were never opened or counted due to the fact they did not contain the appropriate postmark that would indicate they had been mailed by the legally required date in Iowa election law.
House Democrats strongly objected to the decisions made by local election officials and the Secretary of State and they, along with the Democrat candidate, Kayla Koether, formally contested the election in a House proceeding. The Election Contest Committee (consisting of three Republicans and two Democrats) met on three separate occasions and issued a report finding for the Republican. The full House then debated and voted on the committee report and voted to dismiss the election contest and agree with the certified result.
This outcome leaves the House with 54 Republicans and 46 Democrats.
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