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NEWS 11.3.22: GOP Rally in Sioux City Features Former President Trump, Election Security, and More

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The former president Donald Trump will be in Sioux City tonight to support GOP candidates, including Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley.

Iowa Public Radio reporter Kendal Crawford is covering the event and gives us an update from the Sioux Gateway airport.

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Far-right Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who represents Georgia’s 14th Congressional, addressed the crowd of a few thousand.

Trump is scheduled to take the stage at 7 p.m. at the Sioux Gateway Airport. Speakers started at 4 p.m. for the event, which is available to ticket holders only. The U.S. Secret Service will be screening all guests upon entry to the event for items that may pose a security threat.

Also, expected to attend former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who served as U.S. Ambassador to China in Trump’s administration and former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who grew up in Des Moines.

Reynolds and Grassley, who is running for his eight-term in the Senate, are expected to speak along with candidate for state attorney general Brenna Bird. Bird is trying to beat long-time incumbent Tom Miller. A poll last month by The Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa shows Grassley with a 3% lead with likely voters, over Democratic challenger Mike Franken of Sioux City.

Franken is holding a rally tonight in Des Moines. Democratic Candidate for Governor Deirdre Dejear will be at Simpson College in Indianola for a campaign event, according to KCCI Television in Des Moines.

Top election, law enforcement, and cybersecurity officials in Iowa say they’re preparing to protect Iowa’s election system and voters as they go to the polls through next Tuesday.

Stephan Bayens is Iowa’s public safety commissioner. He says law enforcement teams are working to prevent any potential physical and digital threats.

Bayens says the main issues they’ve seen so far in Iowa are related to false information about voting.

“Please also be mindful of scam artists claiming that you can register your ballot or vote online or over the phone. These fraudsters are attempting to either steal your personal information in order to gain access to your identity or trick you into believing you have already voted.” 

Bayens and Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate urged Iowans not to fall for misinformation. They say voters should look to local and state election officials for facts about Iowa’s election process.

A former Wynot, Nebraska, teacher accused of propositioning a 14-year-old girl for sex now faces federal charges. Check out the Sioux City Journal for more.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.