Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks filed a motion with the U.S. House of Representatives to dismiss the contest filed by her Democratic opponent Rita Hart.
Following a recount of the November race, Miller-Meeks won by a six vote margin, a result that was certified by Iowa’s Secretary of State in December. The Hart campaign contends there are at least 22 legal votes that were left out of the recount which, if counted, would have made her the winner.
Alan Ostergren, an attorney for Miller-Meeks, argued why Hart’s challenge should be dismissed.
“Long-standing precedent of the House of Representatives requires losing candidates to go through the state courts first before filing an election contest in the House,” Ostergren said. “Rita Hart should have raised her claims before a neutral panel of Iowa judges rather than before a political process controlled by her own party.”
According to a statement from Miller-Meeks, Hart did not use every means available under Iowa law to remedy any alleged flaw or error in election results before contesting the election in the U.S. House.
The House Administration Committee will review Hart’s election contest and Miller-Meeks’ motion to dismiss. There is no word on when that review will be held.