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Three incumbent Democrats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors win reelection

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors is seen at a public forum for the 2020 fiscal year budget at the Johnson County Administration Building on Wednesday February 27 2019.
Lisa Green-Douglass claimed 52,079 votes, Rod Sullivan claimed 49,581, and Royceann Porter claimed 46,672, to beat out Republican Phil Hemingway’s 27,640 votes.
November 3, 2020

All three incumbent Johnson County Supervisors won reelection on Tuesday with at least 55 percent of the vote, defeating Republican challenger Phil Hemmingway. Rod Sullivan has been on the board...

What you need to know ahead of Election Day

Jakeline Morello (furthest left), Sara Cello (furthest right), and their friends pose for a portrait in front of the Iowa City Public Library polling location on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. They had all recently just voted, with Morello and Cello voting all Democrat.
When voting in-person on Election Day, voters need to be prepared. The DI has put together a reminder of how to find your polling location, what to bring with you, and resources Iowa City has set up to help voters get to the polls.
November 1, 2020

Tuesday is Election Day, and nearly a million people across the state have already cast their ballots. There’s still time to vote in person on Nov. 3 — here’s what you need to know about voting...

Iowans say Thursday’s presidential debate was more productive

The second 2020 Presidential Debate plays on the television in Gabe’s on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The debate is between Democratic candidate Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.
Both candidates largely followed the rules in a debate focused on the pandemic, accusations of corruption, and health care.
October 22, 2020

Donald Trump and Joe Biden offered contrasting visions for America’s future Thursday night, in an exchange that was far more restrained than the pair’s first debate in September. With less than...

A recap of Iowa’s first week of early voting

Johnson County holds drive-in voting at 913 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. Resident Susan Horan goes over the ballot on Tuesday, Oct.6, 2020.
Oct. 5 marked the start of early voting in Iowa and Johnson County is just one of 99 Iowa counties that started counting ballots. This election year has already seen a record amount of mail-in ballots compared to past years.
October 11, 2020

Johnson and other area counties are seeing an influx of early voting after the first voters of the 2020 election cast their ballots this week. In its first week of early voting, Johnson County averaged...

Early voting in Iowa begins Monday: here’s how you can vote

A pair of Johnson County citizens are seen anonymously voting in the The University of Iowa Visual Arts building on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Counties all across Iowa along with eight other states are participating in the 2020 primary elections.
Early voting in Iowa begins Oct. 5. The Daily Iowan curated a guide to tell voters how to vote, where you can register, and what the important deadlines are.
October 4, 2020

Early voting begins Oct. 5 in Iowa, and the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing the boundaries of what a typical general election looks like. With Iowa’s spike in COVID-19 cases, Johnson County auditor...

Cómo Votar en Iowa

Students are seen voting at the Main Library on Nov. 6, 2018.
Si es su primera vez votando en una elección, The Daily Iowan ha creado una guía para ayudar votantes como ustedes para aliviar cualquier duda o pregunta que pueda tener en esta elección.
October 4, 2020

La pandemia de COVID-19 está cambiando las formas en como ciudadanos americanos están votando en las elecciones presidenciales del 2020. Con el aumento de casos en el estado de Iowa, el auditor del...

Iowa political leaders question the productivity of the first presidential debate

New York resident Callum Melrose watches the first presidential debate on Tuesday, September 29 at The Airliner in Iowa City. Melrose stopped in Iowa City on his way to Oregon, where he will work for Habitat for Humanity, and went to The Airliner for the debate on a recommendation from a friend who graduated from the University of Iowa.  (Jake Maish/The Daily Iown)
In the first presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden, the candidates and moderator engaged in aggressive cross-talk that some Iowa political leaders found distracting.
September 29, 2020

President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden participated in the first presidential debate Tuesday night, and some Iowa political leaders say the fiery exchange was unproductive...

Johnson County District Court judge rules in favor of Trump campaign, invalidating thousands of ballot-request forms

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A Johnson County District Court judge ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign and national Republican Campaign Committee, after Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert mailed out ballot-request forms with pre-filled information.
September 14, 2020

A judge in the Johnson County District Court ruled Monday in favor of a lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign, invalidating thousands of ballot-request forms mailed to voters with pre-filled information. Johnson...

State and counties ramp up poll worker recruitment ahead of general election

Johnson County volunteers collect information at a primary precinct located in The University of Iowa Visual Arts building on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Counties all across Iowa along with eight other states are participating in the 2020 primary elections.
With the added complication of running an election during a pandemic, election officials are losing some of the people they rely on to staff polling locations and turning to social media and other outreach efforts to staff the polls.
September 1, 2020

Iowa election officials are recruiting poll workers ahead of the Nov. 3 general election to prevent a possible shortage, as many usual workers are sitting out because of the coronavirus pandemic. In...

Iowa City City Council to move forward with creating Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Mayor Bruce Teague speaks at a city council meeting over Zoom on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Items included the possible building of solar panels in Waterworks Prairie Park and the COVID-19 City Employee Pay Plan.
City Council adds specifics to a framework for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission drafted by two councilors with the help of the Iowa Freedom Riders and Black Voices Project.
July 21, 2020

The Iowa City City Council took the next steps in creating a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to address racial injustice in the city, discussing the details of the board they committed to creating...

Iowa leads the nation in overall high-school graduation rates, lags behind in minority graduation rates

Iowa leads the nation in overall high-school graduation rates, lags behind in minority graduation rates
Statements by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and other Iowa Republicans praising graduation rates and overall academic performance among K-12 schools in the state are not without factual basis, though Iowa graduation rates among minority populations fall behind nationally.
May 29, 2020

PolitiFact Iowa is a project of The Daily Iowan’s Ethics & Politics Initiative and PolitiFact to help you find the truth in politics. Edited by Lyle Muller and Sarah Watson If your...

Johnson County Board of Supervisors to discuss recommended minimum wage increase to $10.63

Johnson County Supervisors call for the meeting to start at the Johnson County Human Services building before a public hearing to replace the Unified Development Ordinance on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will meet for a work session on Wednesday and discuss raising the county’s recommended minimum wage by 23 cents.
April 28, 2020

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will discuss raising the county’s recommended minimum wage to $10.63 at their 9 a.m. Wednesday meeting this week.  If passed, its decision would fall in line...

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