Flawed logic and free passes

Using columnist Todd Dorman’s and County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden’s logic, all of my former opponents are hereby enabled to break election law because they ran against me in an election.

So that means Dan Abolins, Dennis A. Hill, Patricia L. Ehler, Sally L. Schaab, Ronald J. Maxa, Jr., Lyle K. Hanson, anyone who received one or more of the 1071 votes cast in the Auditor’s race in the 2008 general election, Garth W. Fagerbakke, Brian Lee Gradoville, James M. Houser, and Joe Stutler are hereby enabled to break election law because they ran against me in an election.

Further, Supervisors Brent Oleson and Ben Rogers are enabled to break election law because they are my political rivals.

One of the foundations of our State is contained in Article One Section Six of the Iowa Constitution: All laws of a general nature shall have a uniform operation; the general assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which, upon the same terms shall not equally belong to all citizens. This section of the Constitution is the underlying reason we allow same sex marriage in Iowa.

I do not see anywhere in the Iowa Constitution that former or present political opponents and rivals get a free pass on breaking election law. And that’s what Dorman and Vander Sanden are doing for Stutler, giving him and the other Stutlers of Linn County a free pass.

As of 11/1/2016, over 8,000 residents had voted in-person in the Auditor’s Office or at one of our satellite voting places. Only one left the voting place to vote his ballot outside the voting booth, i.e., Stutler.  And he’s getting away with it because of the flawed logic of the County Attorney and the affirmation of a columnist.

Thanks for treating me like a crime victim fellas! I guess I must have invited Stutler’s behavior. – Joel D. Miller –Linn County Auditor

P.S.  Today (11/3), a caller challenged me on a word I used in my closing paragraph.  I agreed with her and changed the wording.  My apologies to anyone I offended.  – Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

The Gazette published a story on this post at 5pm on 11/3/2016; KCRG broadcast a story on this post at 11:30pm on 11/3/2016; and The Gazette published an opinion on this post at 10am on 11/4/2016.

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One Response to “Flawed logic and free passes”

  1. Anonymous KCC Says:

    No laws were broken; any citizen has the same right to do what Stutler did. It’s an ABSENTEE BALLOT, a ballot specifically for use OUTSIDE of polling places.


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