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DES MOINES, Iowa — After the first House vote of the year, absentee ballots cast by 29 northeast Iowans will not count in November’s midterm election.

The ballots are among 33 received after election day, and while the post office determined they were mailed before the election deadline, they lacked a postmark, as required by state law.

Democrat Kayla Koether filed an election contest after losing the House District 55 race by nine votes, but she says this isn’t about losing. She says it’s about making sure every vote counts.

“They mailed their ballots in on time and did everything by the law to have their vote valid and counted. And when we look at the laws, we see that the Iowa Code allows for ballots with intelligent mail barcodes to be counted and this legislative body has the choice to determine that these barcodes are intelligent enough to meet the burden of proof,” said Koether.

The majority passed with a vote of 53 to 42.

DES MOINES, Iowa — An online fundraiser for a family grieving the loss of a husband and father has raised thousands of dollars in just one day.

The GoFundMe page for the Stokka family was launched Sunday night after 32-year-old Grant Stokka died in a car crash.

So far, more than 425 people have donated for a total of over $32,000.

Stokka’s pastor says he was heading home from church Sunday when the crash happened. The vehicle lost control on Grand Avenue, left the roadway, went over a concrete wall and slammed into a parking lot below. Stokka’s 8-year-old son was also hurt in the crash but is expected to be OK.