Iowa’s top elections official said today it’s time to consider a “signature verification” system for absentee ballots to prevent fraud. “We have a good election system, but it’s not perfect,” Secretary of State Matt Schultz said today. “We just want to make sure that people aren’t cheating.”
Democrats used a massive early vote push to propel President Barack Obama to a win in Iowa and election to a second term. Republican Mitt Romney won Iowa in votes cast only on Election Day, but that victory wasn’t enough to overcome the edge Obama had built in absentee ballots cast in the weeks ahead of the election.
During the taping of “Iowa Press” today, Schultz said he is consulting with a bipartisan group of county auditors to come up with a proposal for doublechecking the authenticity of voters’ signatures on absentee ballots. It’s not a good idea for Iowa to switch to an entirely vote-by-mail system, said Schultz, a Republican who backed GOP nominee Mitt Romney.