Judge Rules Iowa Senate Candidate Cannot Appear on Democrat Primary Ballot

An Iowa Democrat Senate candidate will be kept from appearing on the June primary ballot after Judge Scott Beattie ruled some of the signatures procured by Abby Finkenauer’s campaign were not properly dated, rendering them invalid.

Finkenauer indicated she plans to appeal the ruling.

The Washington Examiner reports:

“This misguided, midnight ruling is an outrageous and partisan gift to the Washington Republicans who orchestrated this meritless legal action,” Finkenauer said in a statement obtained by the Washington Examiner. “We are exploring all of our options to fight back hard against this meritless partisan attack, and to ensure that the voices of Iowans will be heard at the ballot box.”

Finkenauer’s campaign claimed she accumulated over 5,000 signatures — 1,500 signatures more than what was required for the nominating petitions to appear on the ballot. Prospective candidates are required to submit at least 3,500 signatures, but they have to hit 100 in 19 Iowa counties.

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