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Statement from Secretary Pate regarding Dallas County
Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Iowa Secretary of State Seal WEBSITE:
Kevin Hall
Communications Director
(515) 725-2942
February 9, 2017

Statement from Secretary Pate regarding Dallas County

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate issued the following statement today regarding a discrepancy in the vote totals reported by the Dallas County Auditor's Office.

"One of the first components of my Election Integrity Act when I announced it last month was establishing post-election audits. I am asking the Iowa Legislature to give me the authority to conduct them. A post-election audit in Dallas County would have caught and fixed this problem. The Election Integrity Act is a comprehensive proposal aimed at modernizing technology, streamlining the process, protecting against human error and the potential for fraud, and instilling confidence in our electoral system. This bill would help ensure things like what happened in Dallas County never happen again." – Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State

Secretary Pate issued a technical infraction to the Dallas County Auditor's Office as a result of these errors.

A letter from the Dallas County Auditor's Office explaining the situation is available at this link.