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2nd Iowa judge backs GOP, rules ballot requests invalid

The judge said the Woodbury County elections commissioner acted improperly sending absentee request forms with personal information filled in.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — A second Iowa judge has ruled in favor of President Donald Trump’s campaign and ordered a county to invalidate at least 14,000 absentee ballot requests. 

In his ruling Friday evening, Judge Patrick Tott found that Woodbury County elections commissioner Patrick Gill acted improperly when he sent absentee ballot request forms to 57,000 registered voters that had their personal information filled in. 

About 14,000 have been returned so far. The Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and other GOP groups sued three Iowa counties. 

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The decision came a day after another judge ruled that Linn County officials also had violated the secretary of state’s directive. 

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