Ballot problems under investigation
DES MOINES (AP) — State criminal investigators continued Monday to look into reports of possible problems with absentee ballots in Muscatine and Floyd counties.
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokeswoman Chari Paulson said the investigations were ongoing and she couldn’t comment further.
The investigations, first reported Monday in The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/VY9hth ), appear to center on voters receiving ballots without having signed a request form.
A Muscatine County man, Craig White, said a Democratic campaign worker allowed his 75-year-old mother to sign a ballot request form for him when he wasn’t home.
It is a felony in Iowa to falsify a signature on a ballot request form.
“It shocked me, and it really almost made me change my vote,” said White, a Democrat. “As far as I’m concerned, my civil rights were violated.”
He complained to state party officials when he learned what had happened, and said they tracked down the canvasser who had talked with his mother.
In Floyd County, the DCI is investigating as many as three reports of someone filling out ballot requests without the voter’s knowledge.
County Auditor Gloria Carr said a member of her staff noticed a birth date didn’t match a voter whose name was listed on a ballot request form they received from a campaign canvasser.
The voter said he never filled out the original ballot request form, Carr said. She called the county attorney and secretary of state’s office, and then the DCI started looking into the matter, she said. Carr is aware of three potential incidents of wrongdoing.
County Attorney Normand Klemesrud said Monday that it’s unclear whether charges will be filed.
“They keep me apprised as to what they’re doing investigation-wise but I have not seen any real factual information at this point,” Klemesrud said. “They’re talking to a lot of people.”