Protesters voice concerns over Iowa’s voter ID laws

DES MOINES, Iowa —

Protesters gathered Monday at the Statehouse in Des Moines to voice their concerns over Iowa’s new voter ID laws.

A public hearing was held in the office of Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate to educate voters on the changes.

Demonstrators said the meeting room was too small and limited their opportunity to speak.

"(We are) trying to make sure that this process is open to people and that people aren’t scared away by the stiffening away by the processes of voting,”

The Secretary of State’s office released a statement that reads, in part, "We are actively considering all public comments. It is my goal to make it easy to vote but hard to cheat. That is what this law accomplishes."

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