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New Tool To Fight Voter Fraud

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New Tool To Fight Voter Fraud

Iowa’s Republican secretary of state has been granted access to a federal database which he’ll use in his on-going voter fraud investigation.

Secretary of State Matt Schultz asked for access to the federal government’s “Systematic Alien Verification” system over a year ago. He plans to use it as a cross-check with Iowa voter registration lists, to see if non-citizens have registered to vote in Iowa.

The staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa says the list is not a “real-time” check on citizenship status and “does not provide comprehensive information about all immigrants or all citizens.” The attorney accuses Schultz of trying to “thwart” and intimidate qualified voters from casting ballots. The secretary of state has been using federal “Help America Vote Act” money to pay a state Division of Criminal Investigation agent to review voter registration records for nearly a year. So far, 13 people have been charged with voter fraud, but none have been convicted. Many have been felons who have not applied to have their voting rights restored. Two were Canadians who voted in a Council Bluffs school election. Charges against the Canadian couple have been dismissed.

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