House committee starts process for dealing with two contested elections

House committee starts process for dealing with two contested elections


House Administration Committee members convened briefly Friday afternoon to start establishing procedures in contested election cases filed under the Federal Contested Election Act.

The committee is reviewing two contested elections: Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District and Illinois’s 14th Congressional District.

Iowa Democrat Rita Hart lost to Republican Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks by six votes out of more than 394,000 ballots that were cast.

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Miller-Meeks was certified the winner of the election following a recount and a recanvass of the district’s 24 counties, but Hart, who decided against going to court, instead contested the election to the House of Representatives.

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In Hart’s filing to the committee, she alleges that 22 ballots were excluded from the final tally, which, if included, would have favored her to win the election.

Miller-Meeks, who was seated on Jan. 4, filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying precedent forces the House to reject the contest because Hart never originally

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