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Official data rebuts false claims regarding Iowa voter registration, Secretary of State says


This news story was published on February 4, 2020.
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Paul Pate

DES MOINES – A Washington D.C.-based organization made false claims today in a news release regarding voter registration information in eight Iowa counties. Judicial Watch claims that total registration numbers in these counties are larger than the eligible voter population. Official data compiled by the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office shows this information is false.

“It’s unfortunate this organization continues to put out inaccurate data regarding voter registration, and it’s especially disconcerting they chose the day of the Iowa Caucus to do this,” Secretary Pate said. “My office has told this organization, and others who have made similar claims, that their data regarding Iowa is deeply flawed and their false claims erode voter confidence in elections. They should stop this misinformation campaign immediately and quit trying to disenfranchise Iowa voters.”

Iowa’s voter registration statistics are publicly available on the Secretary of State’s website. They are updated monthly. These numbers show that the ones claimed by Judicial Watch in their news release today are patently false.

Along with their false claims about the voter registration numbers, the organization’s claims about Iowa population are greatly underestimated, according to actual data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office stands with its county auditors and the methods they use to provide clean and accurate voter rolls.

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10 Responses to Official data rebuts false claims regarding Iowa voter registration, Secretary of State says

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    To Be Fair Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2020 at 10:07 am

    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that eight Iowa counties have more voter registrations than their eligible voting-age population. According to Judicial Watch’s analysis of data released by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in 2019 and the most recent U.S. Census Bureau’s five-year American Community Survey, eight Iowa counties are on the list of 378 counties nationwide that have more voter registrations than citizens living there who are old enough to vote, i.e., counties where registration rates exceed 100%. These 378 counties combined had about 2.5 million registrations over the 100%-registered mark. In Iowa, there are at least 18,658 “extra names” on the voting rolls in the eight counties at issue.

    Under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), Judicial Watch sent notice-of-violation letters to 19 large counties in five states (California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, and Colorado) that it intends to sue unless the jurisdictions take steps to comply with the law and remove ineligible voter registrations. Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act requires jurisdictions to take reasonable efforts to remove ineligible registrations from its rolls.

    The chart below details the eight Iowa counties’ registration rate percentages:
    Reg Rate Total Population
    Dallas County 114.8 80,864
    Johnson County 107.9 144,425
    Lyon County 102.5 11,745
    Madison County 102.5 15,720
    Poweshiek County 102.1 18,428
    Dickinson County 100.9 17,000
    Scott County 100.8 171,493
    Warren County 100.5 48,630

    In addition to the eight listed above, Polk County, Iowa’s largest, has an unusually high registration rate of 95.9% of total eligible citizen voting-age population. “Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections and Iowa need to undertake a serious effort to address its voting rolls,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. Judicial Watch is the national leader in enforcing the National Voters Registration Act, which requires states to take reasonable steps to clean their voting rolls. In 2018, the Supreme Court upheld a massive voter roll clean up that resulted from a Judicial Watch settlement of a federal lawsuit with Ohio. California also settled a similar lawsuit with Judicial Watch that last year began the process of removing up to 1.5 million “inactive” names from Los Angeles County voting roll.

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    Let's Be Fair #2 Reply Report comment

    February 6, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Kentucky also began a cleanup of up to 250,00 names last year after it entered into a consent decree to end another Judicial Watch lawsuit.

    Judicial Watch Attorney Robert Popper is the director of Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 5, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Judicial Watch is hardly a reliable source. It’s run by one guy, working out of his basement, because he couldn’t get a real job. He makes it up as he goes along, hoping to be quoted, so he can get more paid subscribers and pay his light bill.

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      Quit Lying Reply Report comment

      February 6, 2020 at 9:43 am

      What you posted here is blatantly false!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    A house divided will fall. Both parties are two heads to the same snake. Corruption is as corruption does. Power struggles are going on right now. Nefarious behavior. So you cheat to win. Morally wrong!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Republicans won 6 of those 8 counties in 2016. Who is cheating? Of course the Republican SoS would want to dispute this but what is really ironic is that Judicial Watch is an extreme right wing site. They just pointed out that the Repubs in Iowa are cheating. Hah!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 4, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      Republicans do not recruit from cemeteries. That would be Democrats and everyone knows it.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 4, 2020 at 7:14 pm

        Then why would one of the Trump Media Support Team out 6 Republican counties for possible cheating?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2020 at 10:48 am

    You think. More like a dipstick. Sorry Paulie open your eyes. All the fraud started with Hillary’s lost. It’s been increasing ever since. Cheaters.