Did Marco Rubio Violate Iowa Election Law?

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On the heals of mailers sent out by GOP candidate Senator [score]Ted Cruz[/score], another GOP candidate, Senator [score]Marco Rubio[/score] might have to answer questions related to Iowa election law. However, more pressing questions relate to his ballot and Constitutional eligibility to run for president.

Cruz supporter, @IowaCruzGirl, pointed out that Rubio mailed an Iowa Caucus Report Card to voters.

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Unlike Cruz’s mailers, Rubio’s don’t list individual residents’ names or their neighbors’ names or each person’s alleged voting scores.


In fact, the name and address are blank, and the initial mailing address includes “and/or current resident.”

Iowa state law (39A.2 Election misconduct in the first degree) lists criteria for illegal acts, including:

c. Duress. Intimidates, threatens, or coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, a person to do or to refrain from doing any of the following:

  • (1) To register to vote, to vote, or to attempt to register to vote.
  • (2) To urge or aid a person to register to vote, to vote, or to attempt to register to vote.

One could argue that because these “report cards” do not list individual’ names that could intimidate or shame individuals and their neighbors– they don’t violate the state’s law. Obviously, Rubio’s campaign didn’t spend money on research to identify voters by name, including their next door neighbors, which requires a lot of work.

And, his campaign didn’t appear to understand how “report cards” assign grades. An “X” isn’t a grade. Usually, teachers denote absences or grades with letters A-F. A “0/4” score doesn’t translate to an “X.”

Unless of course Rubio’s campaign was using Common Core math, which Rubio claims to oppose, sort of.

According to Truth in American Education, The Pulse 2016, and the American Principles Project, Rubio’s credibility on Common Core “is lacking.” And, The Pulse 2016’s grade on Rubio’s position on Common Core is a “C.”

A “C” grade on his report card means Rubio “has neither helped nor hurt the cause.”

Worse still, they point out that Rubio is co-sponsoring the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act (S. 1195), which “would create a federal database on students for at least 15 years after they enter the workforce.”

Despite the voter report cards and his own Report Card “C” grade on Common Core, Rubio has a bigger problem.

His entire presidential campaign violates the U.S. Constitution– because he is ineligible to run.

Instead of Iowa election law, more pressing questions concern his ballot and Constitutional eligibility to run for president. 

Neither of Rubio’s parents were born in America and neither were citizens when he was born. Marco Rubio, in fact, most argue, is America’s first “anchor baby” to ever run for president– which defies Constitutional prescription.

Rubio’s ongoing disregard for the Constitution is troubling, not only because of his citizenship status, but also because he advocates for unlimited number of illegals to enter America. Worse still, unskilled workers entering America on visas have already taken away jobs from American citizens willing, able, and qualified to work.

Policies Rubio supports– and is paid handsomely to support– have cost Floridians their livelihood.

Are those in Congress who advance policies that benefit non-Americans and hurt Americans, anti-American? Those who’ve already lost their jobs in Florida might answer, yes. Why should already employed skilled American workers be forced to lose their jobs and train non-skilled non-Americans to replace them?

Do voters want illegals and visa holders given unlimited green cards to family members for life? More to the point, do voters want the Sunshine State’s job losses and immigrant influx replicated nationwide?



Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley is a political analyst for Fox News Radio and has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide. She writes about political, cultural, and religious issues in America from the perspective of an evangelical and former communications staffer. She was a communications strategist for four U.S. Senators, one U.S. Congressman, a former New York governor, and several non-profits. She earned her MA in Theology from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Follow her @bethanyblankley facebook.com/BlankleyBethany/ & BethanyBlankley.com.

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