Secretary of State
Des Moines, IA 50319
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Chad Olsen (515) 242-6235
Linn County Auditor Joel Miller
Occurred during March 5 special election
Uncovers Potential Voter Impersonation
Des Moines—Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz was contacted by Linn County Auditor Joel Miller today to discuss an alleged case of voter impersonation that occurred during the Linn County special election on Tuesday, March 5.
An unidentified individual voted in-person during the Linn County special election at a precinct polling location on Tuesday, reportedly claiming to be a registered voter, signing the election register, and casting a ballot. Later in the day, the actual registered voter went to the precinct polling location, attempted to vote and discovered that someone else had already voted in her name.
The registered voter was required to cast a provisional ballot that will be considered at the meeting of the Linn County Special Precinct Board. The board will decide whether or not to accept the registered voter’s ballot, since a ballot had already been cast by the suspected impersonator.
Linn County Auditor Joel Miller contacted Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz to discuss the issue, and then contacted the Linn County Sherriff’s Office to investigate the alleged voter impersonation.
Secretary Schultz commented, “I want to commend Auditor Joel Miller, his staff, and the precinct election workers for their work and diligence. Auditor Miller also is to be commended for bringing this situation to light, and taking quick action by asking the Linn County Sherriff’s Office to investigate. Voter impersonation easily can be stopped with a common-sense voter ID law in Iowa. I urge the Iowa Legislature to pass the voter ID bill I proposed this year, a concept that is supported by an overwhelming majority of Iowans.”