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Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz To Testify at Senate Judiciary Hearing
(DES MOINES, Iowa)--Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz has been invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Chairman Patrick Leahy has announced details for this week’s committee hearing, entitled “The State of the Right to Vote after the 2012 Election”.
The hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST.
Secretary Schultz commented, “I am grateful for the opportunity to appear before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. I look forward to discussing my efforts as Iowa Secretary of State to strike a balance between protecting the integrity of our elections and an individual’s right to vote. Working across party lines with Attorney General Miller to make sure we proceed in a fair and reasonable manner has set Iowa apart from other states in this effort. Our mutual goal is zero voter fraud and zero voter intimidation. ”
I also hope to be able to discuss some of my initiatives to increase voter participation in Iowa. Rock Iowa is an interactive class-based program for high school seniors to help educate them about the electoral process and encourage them to register to vote. Honor a Veteran with Your Vote is a program that encourages participants to register and vote to honor the sacrifices service men and women have made for our country, and includes an online tribute page on our website, http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/uocava/honoraveteran/index.aspx.”
Secretary Schultz is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Standing Committee on Voter Participation for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).
Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz will join Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett; former Florida Governor Charles Crist, Jr.; Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and the Honorable Gilda Cobb-Hunter, state legislator from South Carolina.
A transcript of Secretary Schultz’s testimony will be available following his testimony.