Since at least 2017, Iowa’s current Secretary of State (SoS) has been repeating, “Make it easy to vote, but hard to cheat”. So what does our current SoS do when he has created an opportunity for voters to cheat? Nothing. Well, nothing except send me a bill for work he erred in completing.
On 4/22/2021, I issued a technical infraction to Secretary Paul Pate for the errors he made on his No Activity Card notices. I never received a reply.
On 6/3/2021, Pate’s office issued a statement to my office for the work allegedly completed by his office. I did not remit payment as I was waiting for him to correct the errors made on the No Activity Card notices.
In August, Pate’s office notified me that they were going to send my bill to “collections” if I did not remit payment. Per my email below, I remitted 50% of the payment and asked the SoS for direction on how to correct the errors. Thus far, I have not received a response from the SoS.
Secretary Pate’s rush to inactivate 294,000 voters (likely motivated by Judicial Watch) who did not vote in the 2020 general election has made it easy for 120 formerly “pending” voters to vote in Linn County. Neither Pate nor anyone in his office seems interested in correcting the errors made by the SoS, or even acknowledging they made an error.
I challenge you to contact the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office at 1-888-767-8683 or at firstname.lastname@example.org , and ask them what they are going to do about the voter fraud they created when they changed “pending” voters to “inactive” voters in Linn County and across the State. Maybe they will tell you? Posted by Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor
From: Miller, Joel
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 3:31 PM
To: Burhans, Heidi [SOS] <Heidi.Burhans@sos.iowa.gov>
Subject: Partial payment of No Activity Cards
Last week, my office remitted a payment for 50% of the fee listed in your attached statement. Hopefully, you have received the paper check?
I only authorized the remittance of 50% of the fee due to the fact that the Office of Secretary of State (SoS) erred in mailing out No Activity Cards to several groups: 17 year olds who were not eligible to vote in the November 2020 general election, pending voters who have not been confirmed to be eligible voters, and deceased voters. Our analysis of the specific voters is included in the attached “Linn County’s analysis….”
The SoS has not provided any direction on how to correct these errors other than to follow the guidance in the Auditors’ Portal.
If you review the Tab on Pending Voters, you will note that one of the formerly Pending voters is now an Active voter and no longer an Inactive Voter. Per the SoS’s Legal Counsel, an inactive voter can vote just as easily as an active voter, so now Linn County has 120 pending voters, who have not been vetted, who can vote; whereas, they could not vote while in a pending status. Instructing us to follow the guidance in the Auditors’ Portal does nothing to correct the potential voter fraud created by the SoS.
I hereby request that the SoS provide guidance supported by Administrative Rules and/or Statutes on how to correct the Linn County voter registration records corrupted by the SoS’s No Activity Card mailing and other processes.
I am prepared to remit the remaining 50% of the fee once the errors in Linn County’s voter registration records have been resolved to my satisfaction.
JOEL D. MILLER
County Auditor, BS, CERA
OFFICE OF LINN COUNTY AUDITOR
935 2ND St. SW | Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Ph: 319-892-5333 | Ph: 319-892-5300
From: Burhans, Heidi [SOS] <Heidi.Burhans>
Sent: Monday, August 16, 2021 2:47 PM
To: Miller, Joel <joel.miller>
Subject: Past Due No Activity Fee
Good Afternoon Auditor Miller:
This email is to provide you with final notice that your No Activity Mailing fee is past due. Because this fee was assessed in FY21, payment must be received immediately to ensure timely processing.
A copy of your county’s statement is attached to this email.