A general election that went off with hardly a hitch hasn’t changed Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s determination to clean up voter registration rolls. Now that the election is over, Schultz plan to resume efforts to root out voter fraud as soon as a Polk County District Court judge lifts a temporary injunction preventing him from removing ineligible Iowans from voter registration rolls. “My position hasn’t changed: If you’re not a citizen you shouldn’t be voting,” the first-term Republican said. “It’s my job to protect the integrity of the vote. If every vote really does count, then it’s important for us to protect that.”
He may get a green light at a Nov. 30 hearing on several motions pending in the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa. They challenged Schultz’s use of emergency rules to change Iowa’s voting procedures after comparisons of voter registration and driver’s license records determined 3,582 foreign nationals had registered to vote in Iowa since 2008. About 1,200 voted in the 2010 general election and that more than 1,400 cast ballots since the 2010 election, Schultz said.
What is unknown, according to the state’s election administrator, is how many of those people became U.S. citizens after they received an Iowa driver’s license, permit or identification card from the state Department of Transportation.
“We’re just trying to make sure we do it in a methodical way so no one gets accused of something they haven’t done,” said Schultz, who has been working with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.