Iowa Secretary of State says he’s not trying to undermine a judge’s ruling on voter ID

Little Village,  July 30, 2018

On Friday, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate issued a statement explaining his office was not encouraging county-level election officials to ignore a court order suspending parts of Iowa’s 2017 voter ID law. The statement was necessary, because on Thursday a top elections official from the Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) told a meeting of the Iowa County Auditor Association that auditors should disregard the court order.

The remarks by Ken Kline, deputy commissioner of elections, came two days after Polk County District Court Judge Karen Romano issued a temporary injunction preventing the state from enforcing parts of the voter ID law requiring signature matching on absentee ballots, as well as the required inclusion of voter verification numbers on absentee ballots. The injunction also restored the 11 days of the early absentee voting period the law had eliminated, and ordered the SOS to stop publishing misleading information about the voter ID law.

By Paul Brennan

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