Secretary of State Matt Schultz is moving forward in an albiet backwards attempt to disenfranchise Iowa voters.
Last week the Secretary hosted a public hearing where he announced plans to remove voters from registrations rolls if they can’t prove citizenship. The strategy is to mail letters to anyone on the voter rolls who also appears on a list as a non-US citizen on other databases. The recipient then has 30 days to respond.
At its most basic level this seems simple enough. If they’re not a citizen they shouldn’t vote, right?
Maybe not. Most forms of ID already require a birth certificate or proof that a non-citizen is going through the naturalization process.
Simply put, Secretary Schultz doesn’t want new citizens to vote and a community like West Liberty with significant numbers of naturalized citizens will be disproportionately affected.
This isn’t protecting the integrity of our ballots, it’s harassing our community members.
Voter fraud is rare in Iowa and going out of the way to create extra steps for people who have already worked hard to become citizens is unethical. They’ve worked a lot harder to gain the right to vote than most of us have.