IA: GOP Challenges Some Student Ballots
By Joby Warrick
Republicans in southeastern Iowa are asking a local election board to reject the ballots of 50 college students because they didn't fill out the paperwork properly.
The challenge is being mounted against students at Grinnell College, a private liberal-arts school east of Des Moines, who were attempting to vote by absentee ballot. Local Republican officials flagged the ballots as invalid because the students listed the college's general mailing address as their residence. GOP leaders say the students should have used their individual campus addresses instead.
Students and some college officials are upset over the challenge, and some have accused the GOP of trying to deny them their right to vote. They say the same procedure was used in filling out absentee ballots in the past, and no one complained.
A hearing has been set for Thursday to decide the matter.
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