Hearing on eligible voters

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KIMT News 3 -  A north Iowa official is talking with the Secretary of State about votes that were cast but not counted in 2012.

Iowa Secretary of State, Matt Schultz and Cerro Gordo County Auditor Ken Kline met today to resolve the issue of votes not being counted for three eligible voters in Cerro Gordo County.

Two of the voters were felons but had their rights reinstated after discovering that they were originally eligible. The issue is over felons who may have been given lesser charges but were still listed as felons.

Kline says not having their votes counted is inexcusable.

“I can’t imagine anything worse. Frankly we work as hard as we can in my office. I’m ow other offices do too and I think the secretaries staff takes their job seriously to identify a real problem where people are actually disenfranchised through procedure,” said Kline.

The Iowa State Senate Government Committee says the issue was a case of mistaken identity but that the committee was not to blame for the confusion.

“We found the problem we identified it and were working with the Secretary of State’s office so that those voters were reinstated as registered voters. So we heard it from them and so they’re won’t be another problem in the future,” said Kline.

 

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