It’s a positive sign for democracy that nearly 1.7 million Iowans participated in the 2020 general election, but Paul Lasley worries the results highlight a growing dichotomy between rural and urban Iowa.

“So while we can celebrate record turnout, I am quite troubled that the motivations were not about what’s good for America or how we build a more perfect union,” said Lasley, who has been teaching sociology at Iowa State University for 40 years.

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