FAQ #1 – Why fire Paul Pate?


Paul Pate (R), our current Iowa Secretary of State, needs to be fired (audio recording)

Here are a few reasons why:

  • Pate vetoed two proposed amendments to the Iowa Constitution by failing to publish them in official newspapers.  What did he do when confronted?  Pate blamed the mistake on his employees and fired a top appointee.  What did the Legislature do?  It passed a new law taking away his duty to publish amendments.
  • Pate retroactively and illegally (bills containing criminal penalties cannot be applied retroactively) inactivated over 294,000 voters including 17-year-olds not eligible to vote in the November 2020 election. What did he do when confronted?  Pate blamed the mistake on law enacted by the Republican controlled Legislature.  What did the Legislature do?  It passed a new law prohibiting him from inactivating 17-year-olds who did not vote because they were ineligible to vote (they weren’t 18 at the time of the election).
  • Pate was AWOL (Absent WithOut Leave) on SF413 (2021), a law that put a strangle hold on vote-by-mail, which has already disenfranchised voters in recent elections.  Pate did nothing – said nothing – instead of taking a stand.  Neither he nor anyone in his office took a stand on the bill.
  • Pate is the chief election official for the State of Iowa and he is not focused on elections.  He spends his time creating new programs, which have little to do with his office.  He drives around the State at taxpayer expense trying to raise his name ID by registering high schoolers to vote, when he should be lobbying the Legislature to pass automatic voter registration.
  • On 3/23/2022, Scott County Auditor Kerri Tompkins (R) called out Pate for publishing two contradictory Primary Candidate Guides that her office had directed Scott County candidates to use as a reference for the upcoming 6/7/2022 primary election.  What did Pate do?  He never acknowledged the error.

Do you have other reasons to #FirePaulPate?  Please add them to the comments on this post.

Edited and updated on 4/9/2022 and again on 5/10/2022
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