May 26, 2022

Iowa Supreme Court allows Democrat Abby Finkenauer on the ballot after petition issues

It is said that the devil is in the details. That’s especially true when it comes to running for elected office, and all of the red tape candidates must cut through to get on the ballot.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that former Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer will be allowed to run for U.S. Senate despite issues with her petition, the Daily Caller reported. Finkenauer’s chances of winning are questionable as she would take on incumbent GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley.

“The Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous decision today has affirmed that we are right on the law and that we will be on the ballot for U.S. Senate,” Finkenauer said in a statement. “This is a moment for all advocates for democracy – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – to celebrate the enduring strength of our democratic process and a reminder to never take it for granted.”

Candidates are required to obtain 100 signatures from 19 counties in the state in order to be placed on the ballot. Republicans challenged Finkenauer’s petition and found her to be lacking a sufficient number, given that three signatures had an incorrect date putting her below the threshold.

A lower court ruled in favor of removing the Democrat from the ballot, but Friday’s decision overturned it.  “The legislature did not include missing or incorrect dates as one of the grounds for sustaining an objection to a petition,” the Supreme Court opinion pointed out.

Finkenauer is favored by Democratic voters to challenge Grassley. However, it’s notable she lost her seat in the House of Representatives to Republican Ashley Hinson after serving only one term, though by a close margin of fewer than three points.

Grassley will be a formidable candidate as he seeks his eighth term in office, according to the Des Moines Register. Besides the uphill climb for the Democratic party as a whole, Grassley enjoys a 45% approval rating among Iowans.

Whether Finkenauer should have been disqualified based on the signature challenge has been decided in court. However, whether she’s fit for the job or more favorable than Grassley is up to voters in November.

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