Archive for April, 2021

Iowa voter inactivations enable voter fraud

April 30, 2021

One unaddressed aspect of the Iowa Secretary of State (SoS) changing the status of voters in IVoters, our state-wide voter registration & election system, is that he elevated the status of two classes of voters in the system, i.e., he created an opportunity for voter fraud to occur during the next election.

First, he raised deceased voters from dead. Prior to the No Activity Notice (NAN) process, deceased voters’ records had been “cancelled.” The NAN process changed “cancelled” voters to “inactive” voters, which would allow someone to assume a deceased voter’s identity. Did the SoS re-cancel all of the deceased voters he inactivated?

Last, the SoS changed “pending” voters to “inactive” voters, which would allow previous pending voters to walk into an early voting site or into the polls on election day, to present an ID to become “active”, and to vote … like any other voter. A “pending” voter registration applicant is a person who has filled out a voter registration form and we cannot verify they are a US citizen with either the US Social Security Administration or the Iowa Department of Transportation.

This afternoon, I emailed a public records request to Secretary Pate. I need to understand what he did or did not do to Linn County’s voter list. | Post by Joel D Miller – Linn County Auditor

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Dear Secretary Pate:

RE: Public records request related to 2021 No Activity Notices to Voters

Recently, your office mailed out No Activity Notices (NAN) to thousands of persons in the State of Iowa.  Included in those NANs were seventeen year old citizens not eligible to vote in the 2020 general election, persons whose voter registrations were “pending” in IVoters, e.g., naturalized citizens, and deceased voters, who had been “cancelled” in IVoters.

Linn County had forty-two (42) seventeen year old citizens changed from “active” to “inactive” voters in IVoters.

Linn County had 121 voter registration applicants changed from “pending” to “inactive” in IVoters.  This action, if left unchecked, will or would allow applicants who had NOT yet been verified to be US citizens, to vote in upcoming elections because, per your Legal Counsel (4/28/2021 Zoom with Iowa election officials), “inactive voters are processed exactly the same as active voters”. (CONTINUED)

Joel D. Miller – a short biography

April 29, 2021

By Rick Smith

Joel D. Miller is the elected, long-serving county auditor in Linn County, Iowa’s second-largest county and home to the state’s second largest city, Cedar Rapids.

Miller has occupied the post since early 2007 when he won a special election to fill a vacancy. He was easily reelected in 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020.

As county auditor, Miller has advocated for better oversight of county spending; objected to no-bid contracts; questioned managers who added to their salaries by taking cash instead of using vacation; opposed the practice by some department heads of maintaining special bank accounts outside the purview of the county treasurer; and called for a limit on the number of employees who take county-owned cars home after work.

Miller’s tenure in elected office has featured an independence and a willingness to challenge the status quo. He has not been a “dutiful wallflower,” The Gazette in Cedar Rapids said of Miller in endorsing him for reelection along the way. Gazette columnist Todd Dorman has written that Miller has taken a place among the “rattlers of government cages.” In other words, other elected officials have not always agreed with him — from those in county and state government all the way to President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. (CONTINUED)

Posted by Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor | Paid for by Miller for Iowa Secretary of State Exploratory Committee (M4SOSEC) | Contributions accepted via Venmo or Zelle to Miller4IowaSOS@gmail.com

More questions: Iowa declares 294,000 as ‘inactive’ voters

April 27, 2021

While the AP received answers to some questions and an acknowledgment of some facts – see https://desmoinesregister-ia-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=10a7269da … many questions remain pertaining to Linn County’s registered voters. For example:

1. Why did the Iowa Secretary of State skip inactivating 4,100 Linn County voters who did not vote in November 2020?


2. Why were pending voters inactivated?


3. Why implement inactivations without creating the required administrative rules?


4. Why make the inactivations retroactive?

5. Is the SoS going to communicate anything to the wrongly inactivated voters? Or the next of kin of deceased voters, whose status was changed to inactivated? If yes, when?

Posted by Joel D Miller – Linn County Auditor

PRESS RELEASE: Linn County Auditor’s Statement on No Activity Mailing by Secretary of State

April 23, 2021

About 23 hours ago, I issued a Notice of Technical Infraction to the Secretary of State Paul Pate. As of 4:28pm today (4/23/2021), I have not received an acknowledgement of my email from the Secretary, his chief of staff, or his legal counsel.

Between now and the time of my Notice, we have observed changes in Linn County’s voter list, which is stored in IVoters, the statewide voter registration & elections system owned and maintained by the Office of Secretary of State. We have yet to determine whether the changes are routine maintenance and/or something nefarious.

Silence leads to conspiracy theories. Transparency leads to trust. I challenge Secretary Pate to be transparent … today.

Posted by Joel D Miller – Linn County Auditor & Commissioner of Elections

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For more information, contact:

Joel Miller | Linn County Commissioner of Elections | 319-892-5333 | joel.miller

For Immediate Release:

April 23, 2021

Linn County Auditor’s Statement on No Activity Mailing by Secretary of State

LINN COUNTY, IA – August 23, 2021 – In accordance with Iowa Code §39A.6, Linn County Auditor Joel Miller has issued a Notice of Technical Infraction and Letter of Instruction to Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate.

Auditor Miller claims that the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office has incorrectly inactivated thousands of Iowa voters in a recent No Activity mailing.

Auditor Miller has identified at least three populations who were incorrectly inactivated:

· Registered voters who were 17, but not yet 18 by the November 2020 General Election day

· Pending voters

· Deceased individuals whose voting status was already cancelled – effectively sending mailers to family members that a deceased cancelled voter was now instead an inactive voter

In Linn County alone, hundreds of incorrectly inactivated voters have been identified.

Auditor Miller contends that incorrectly inactivating voters sends a chill to voters across the state. It sows distrust and uncertainty while also discouraging voters from voting.

Auditor Miller also questions whether the Secretary of State should have sent the No Activity mailer this year. Senate File 413, which was enacted in March 2021, allows the Secretary of State to send a No Activity mailer to registered voters after a General Election if they did not vote in the General Election. Generally, new laws are not retroactively implemented. The No Activity mailer should be in place for any future elections. Instead, registered voters in 2020, whether they voted or not, were inactivated by the Secretary of State’s Office.

In addition, Auditor Miller notes that the Secretary of State has not implemented administrative rules for the inactivation process nor vetted the process with any auditors, as required by law. Auditor Miller will be consulting legal counsel on this matter.

In addition to the Notice of Technical Infraction, Auditor Miller calls on Secretary Pate to immediately create a plan for notifying voters of the error and rectifying this issue.

Auditor Travis Weipert of Johnson County joins in Auditor Miller’s concerns and demands that Johnson County voters who were incorrectly inactivated be notified and re-activated. ###

Linn County Auditor issues technical infraction to Iowa Secretary of State

April 22, 2021

This afternoon, I issued a technical infraction and letter of instruction to Mr. Paul Pate, Iowa’s current Secretary of State (SoS) and the chief election official in Iowa.

Why? The SoS mailed No Activity Notices to registered voters who had not voted in the November 2020 general election, and then inactivated the voters receiving those Notices. Since the SoS did not have a duty to ask my office or other county auditors to review the list of voters to receive the No Activity Notices PRIOR to the SoS mailing the Notices, duly registered active voters in Linn County were INACTIVATED. Please read the letter to the SoS for details.

Posted by Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor & Commissioner of Elections

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From: Miller, Joel
Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2021 5:17 PM
To: Pate, Paul [SOS] <Paul.Pate@sos.iowa.gov>
Cc: Widen, Molly [SOS] <Molly.Hammer@sos.iowa.gov>; Ross, Michael [SOS] (Michael.Ross@sos.iowa.gov) <Michael.Ross@sos.iowa.gov>
Subject: Notice of Technical Infraction

Good afternoon Secretary of State Pate,

Attached you will find a notice of technical infraction regarding the mailing of No Activity Notices by your office.

If you have any questions after reviewing the attached letter, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Sincerely,

Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

Reply to FOIA: M. Luke Martz – Iowa Field Report – Des Moines, IA

April 16, 2021

Dear Mr. Martz:

The public records meeting the criteria you specified below are available here.  Please download them at your convenience.

Regards,

JOEL D. MILLER
County Auditor, BS, CERA
OFFICE OF LINN COUNTY AUDITOR

FOIA: M. Luke Martz – Iowa Field Report – Des Moines, IA

April 9, 2021

A while ago, I predicted that election administrators in Iowa and other parts of the USA were going to be inundated with FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests based upon Federal law and/or public records requests based upon Iowa law. Unfortunately, my prediction may be true – see below.

Currently, I am in the process of implementing a software tool to process public records requests more efficiently. One of the features supposedly includes a log of who is requesting what records, similar to the U of I’s.  Until then, I’ll post the requests on this blog. | Posted by Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

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From: Field Report Media <info@fieldreportmedia.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2021 8:16 PM
To: Miller, Joel <joel.miller@linncounty-ia.gov>
Subject: Open Records Request

To whom it may concern:

I am submitting this request under the provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 22.

Please provide all messages posted on the service known as “Basecamp” hosted by the Iowa State Association of Counties or Iowa State Association of County Auditors by Linn County Auditor Joel Miller for the previous five years. The request includes all messages from other individuals that Miller replied to and that replied to Miller during this time period.

If there is a fee for fulfilling this request, please inform me in advance of the amount. Section 22.3 says that the fee shall not exceed the actual cost of providing the service. However, I request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute to the public’s understanding of election management. As a member of the media, any relevant information gleaned from this request will be disseminated for public consumption.

The Iowa Open Records Law requires a timely response. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than 10 days, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Thank you for considering my request.

Sincerely,

M. Luke Martz
P.O. Box 93712
Des Moines, Iowa 50393

Miller circulating nomination papers

April 6, 2021

GREAT NEWS!   Joel Miller, 65, of Robins is still exploring a run for Iowa Secretary of State (SoS) in the June 7, 2022, Democratic Primary Election. 

NEXT STEP.  Gather 100 signatures from each of Iowa’s 99 counties on Miller’s nomination petitions. 

WHY NOW?  The filing deadline for a candidate for Secretary of State is about eleven (11) months away

WHO CAN SIGN MILLER’S NOMINATION PETITIONS?  Any resident of Iowa who is eligible to vote. 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?  You can circulate Miller’s printable nomination petitions to your county residents – see links below: 

Black Hawk residents only

Clayton County

Dallas County

Dubuque County

Johnson County

Jones County

Linn County

Polk County

Scott County

Woodbury County

ANY COUNTY nomination petition (FILL-IN the COUNTY NAME in the blank space, and print)

WHY IS MILLER EXPLORING a run for Secretary of State?

  • To make voting easy
  • To speak the truth to lies about our elections
  • To restore faith and trust in Iowa’s elections

WHEN YOU ARE THROUGH gathering signatures, please mail your signed nomination petitions to:

MILLER 4 IOWA SOS  –  375 PHAETON DRIVE – ROBINS, IA  52328

IF YOU ONLY COLLECT a couple of signatures, that’s fine.  Mail your petitions to the above address because every signature gets Miller one step closer to meeting signature requirements. 

SEND A MESSAGE TODAY by circulating Miller’s nomination petitions. 

Thanks in advance for your support! 

Paid for by Miller for Iowa Secretary of State Exploratory Committee (M4SOSEC)

Contributions accepted via Venmo or Zelle to Miller4IowaSOS@gmail.com


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