Auditor’s report 7/23 – 7/28/2016

Unique or out of the ordinary events for the given time period. – Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

7/23/2016 – Reviewed Central City resolution #19-2016 setting 9/13/2016 for a special election to fill the unexpired terms of former council members Andrew Palmer and David Welter.


  • Rescheduled meeting with the Hillary/Coordinated Campaign’s Voter Protection Director for 11:30am on 8/3 in my office.
  • Discussed translating How to Vote and other elections information – not forms – into Swahili and French per a request from a group of relatively new US citizens from Africa.


  • Reviewed feedback and suggestions on how to improve our ExpressVote terminals from the CompuPlace/ECCF Operations Director of the Ecumenical Community Center Foundation.
  • Contracted with Xiphos Web Marketing LLC to confirm links, intuitiveness, and ease of use on


  • Received email from Facilities Manager indicating my request to mount photos of past County Auditors in the hallway outside my office did not comply with building’s aesthetics.
  • Informed Purchasing Director that we would accept one of the surplused Options’ paper shredders in our office to eliminate a shredding service contract.
  • Requested a report from Facilities confirming who has access to the Elections Depot.
  • Reviewed an email to the County Attorney in which a resident who challenged the voter registration of a non-citizen is asking if the County Attorney is going to intervene.
  • Attended SEAT (State of Iowa Elections Administrator Training) recertification training in Coralville along with 5 permanent Election Services employees. Topics discussed: Ballot/Equipment Security & Written Procedures, Tests & Test Decks, UOCAVA, Best Practices – General Election Staffing & Training, and General Election Hot Topics.
  • Exchanged numerous emails with First Deputy Treasurer regarding reports she wants from Aumentum and/or the Auditor’s Office.
  • Seeking answers as to why NONE of the ambulance providers in Linn County are participating providers with Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield. My out of pocket cost for a ride in an ambulance is more than $1,000. Do we really want County employees or County residents to tell ambulances to go away because the customers cannot afford to pay $1,000 for an ambulance ride? Asked Supervisor John Harris to make an inquiry with Area Ambulance since he is a member of their board of directors.
  • Discussed instant runoff voting with


  • Reviewed email exchange between Deputy Commissioner of Elections and a resident of Marion who is interested in amending the Charter for the City of Marion.
  • Reviewed an email exchange between a Deputy Auditor and County IT related to Aumentum – our property tax system – which failed to process a Levy Value Build. This failure obstructs our goal to provide the Tax List to the Treasurer on 8/1.
  • Directed Elections Services to reach out to a homebound voter who missed voting in the June Primary.
  • Reviewed FY2016 Fixed Asset list for Auditor’s Office.
  • Awaiting word from an assistant county attorney as to whether or not the Iowa Public Information Board is satisfied with the County’s response to a complaint.  ###

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