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Early Voting Begins Today: Moms Demand Action Urges Iowans to Vote for Gun Sense Candidates Up and Down the Ballot

October 5, 2020

As early voting begins in Iowa, the Iowa chapter of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement urging voters to make their voices heard and vote for gun sense candidates up and down the ballot.

“There could not be more at stake in this year’s election and Iowans have a real opportunity to make their voices heard. The Iowa State House spent another year refusing to pass common-sense gun safety bills, instead passing a bill to weaken our gun laws. And Sen. Ernst has proven time and again that she puts the gun lobby ahead of our safety. Iowans now have the power to elect new leaders who will act on gun safety,” said Erica Fletcher, volunteer with the Iowa chapter of Moms Demand Action. “We have 45 gun sense candidates up and down the ballot who have vowed to make common-sense gun safety policies a top priority and with gun violence getting worse every year in Iowa, voting for gun sense has never been more important.”

Between now and Election Day, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action volunteers will phone bank, text bank, and safely go door to door through contactless lit drops to provide information on polling locations and get out the vote for gun sense candidates up and down the ballot.

Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund is spending more than $800,000 in digital ads and direct mail to flip the Iowa state House to a gun sense majority after another year of inaction on gun violence in the State House. Instead of passing common-sense gun bills supported by the majority of Iowans, state lawmakers passed dangerous legislation that would weaken existing gun safety laws.

Everytown Victory Fund also launched $2.2 million in TV ads slamming Ernst for taking money from the gun lobby and other special interests while blocking common-sense gun safety measures and voting against the interests of her constituents time after time. 

A full list of candidates who have received the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction is available at

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