Iowa Secretary of State Fights Criticism Over 2012 Rejected Votes

Secretary of State candidate Matt Schultz speaks at the 2010 Linn County Republican Caucus at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids on Saturday January 23, 2010. (Stephen Mally/Freelance)

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is defending his office against what he says is unfair criticism at an Iowa Senate State Government Committee meeting.

Schultz has been asked to appear at the meeting Monday afternoon to explain how three Cerro Gordo County voters had their ballots thrown out in the 2012 presidential election after their names appeared on a database of felons ineligible to vote.

An investigation later proved the votes should have been counted. The three voters were eligible to cast ballots because two had their rights restored and the third had never been convicted of a felony.

Schultz says the problem is systemic and is recommending a task force study the issue.

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