CEDAR RAPIDS — The man who helped increase voter turnout by 43,000 Iowans over 2008 while leading Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign in Iowa thinks he can do better in 2014.
“The Republicans are convinced 2012 was a fluke,” Brad Anderson, the Democratic candidate for Iowa secretary of state told a Cedar Rapids audience Wednesday. “I am convinced we’re going to get the band back together and we’re going to do it all over again in 2014.”
Anderson attacked first-term Secretary of State Matt Schultz for wasting taxpayer money on his single-minded focus on voter fraud, including attempts to require voters to show a photo identification to vote.
Photo IDs disenfranchise at least 10 percent of voters, Anderson said at a fundraiser at New Bo Market. That’s despite a lack of support from county auditors who oversee elections because they see it as unnecessary and increasing red tape.
“We have a secretary of state who is being audited for wasting $280,000 of taxpayer money on a partisan investigation,” he said. “What’s worse, after years of investigations, after hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on these investigations, he has yet to convict a single voter of knowingly committing voter fraud.”
Schultz, he said, likes to talk about protecting and maintaining the integrity of elections.
“There’s no integrity in wasting taxpayer dollars,” Anderson said. “There’s no integrity in blocking eligible voters from voting.”
Anderson charged Schultz is blocking eligible voters by compiling a list of undocumented workers who have applied for an Iowa driver’s license and later registered to vote.
It ignores the fact those people may have become eligible to vote between the time they applied for the driver’s license and registered to vote.
“Guilty until proven innocent is un-American, it is un-Iowan, it is ending the day I take office,” Anderson pledged.
Rather than trying to limit the number of voters, Anderson said, the secretary of state should be trying to get the 500,000 registered Iowans who didn’t vote in 2012 to the polls next year.