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Mock election results for CR mayor

November 9, 2017

On Election Day (11/7/2017), students at Roosevelt Middle School in Cedar Rapids held a mock election for Cedar Rapids mayor. The students’ top voter getter differed substantially from Tuesday night’s final results.

Congratulations to the teachers and staff who sponsored this mock election! Congratulations to the students who conducted candidate research, a forum for candidates, and created campaign posters! I do not know how many “eligible” student voters participated, but I bet you put the adult eligible voter turnout to shame. – Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

Will requiring a Voter ID to vote increase voter turnout in Iowa’s future elections?

March 24, 2017

Yesterday, the Iowa Senate approved HF516 with several amendments.  So now it goes back to the House and/or a conference committee comprised of House & Senate members for consideration.

What do you think?

One of the Senate’s amendments included a provision to rotate names on the ballots between each precinct.  It was not debated by the Senate and we are not certain our voting system can create a ballot that conforms to the proposed law.

Here is what we believe a rotation for supervisor might look like under the proposed law:

Supervisor-at-Large – Pct 1
Republican A
Republican B
Republican C
Democrat A
Democrat B
Democrat C
Libertarian A
Libertarian B
Green A
Green B
Supervisor-at-large – Pct 2
Democrat B
Democrat C
Democrat A
Republican B
Republican C
Republican A
Libertarian B
Libertarian A
Green B
Green A
Supervisor-at-large – Pct 3
Republican C
Republican A
Republican B
Democrat C
Democrat A
Democrat B
Libertarian A
Libertarian B
Green A
Green B

By Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

Update (5:53pm – 3/24/2017):  Per Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, our newly purchased (2016) voting system cannot create the ballot rotation proposed in HF516.

Beauregard appointed to compensation board

January 17, 2016

On January 8th, I appointed Ms. Dedra Beauregard to the Linn County Compensation Board.  Why is this important?  The Comp Board recommends changes or no changes to the salaries of Linn County’s ten elected officials.

The Comp Board will meet at 4pm on January 19th in the Informal Boardroom in the PSC.  The public is welcome to attend, but usually very few members of the public do attend and sometimes the news media skips the meeting.

Here’s minutes from the previous 5 years of Comp Board meetings:  2011 minutes 01-24-2011 2012 Minutes 01-10-12 2013 minutes 01-24-2013 2014 Minutes 01-21-14 2015 minutes 01-27-2015 

-Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

Polls, polls, and polls

February 23, 2011

Miss one of my polls on Twitter?  Here’s another chance to vote. 


Other active polls

Linn County Voters: Do you plan to vote in the May 3rd election?

Should local government provide services NOT required by law?

Should the Offices of County Sheriff, Attorney, Treasurer, Auditor, and Recorder be non-partisan offices?

Closed Polls

Why don’t people vote survey

August 25, 2010

Only half of the registered voters in Cedar Rapids Precinct #6 have voted in an election since 12/31/2007.  I want to know why the people of CR06 don’t vote so I’ve been conducting face-to-face interviews with people who live in and/or work in or very near to CR06.

I’m not ready to release my survey results because I would like to interview close to 100 people, but I will share with you the responses I’ve been receiving.

I’m interested in knowing which responses surprise you?  Which one do you think is the most popular?

Why don’t people in this neighborhood vote?  Here are the responses as of 8/24/2010:

Afraid to vote.
Don’t know how to mark the ballot
Don’t like the people running
Don’t think it matters or no point or no change when they vote
Don’t trust politicians or government
Don’t want to take the time to vote
Drunks or drug users
I hate Iowa – I don’t like it here – I don’t vote
Ignorant / stupid
Lack of education on the issues – not knowledgeable
Lots of felons
Renters or “Low rent” or low income
Mayor, Council, and City do not support this area
No difference in politicians – one or the other will steal from you
No one sees the importance of voting
OK with the status quo
People are depressed and they have given up hope
People are lazy
People are moving in from out of state
People don’t care
People don’t pay attention or don’t read/watch/hear the news
People don’t realize/appreciate the power of voting
People focused on day-to-day problems – no time to look to future
Politicians do not want our opinions
Politicians have made a profession out their jobs
Politicians only care for the special interests
Unemployed and they have to walk everywhere
Voting is not instilled in people anymore
Why vote for a liar?
Young people don’t care


Request for Input on the AOB and me

July 23, 2009

I’m collecting input on the Administrative Office Building (AOB) and my performance.  If I tell you why I’m asking for input on the AOB, I may prejudice your answer.

As for the input on me, I stole this question from former Mayor Ed Koch of New York City.  He was famous for asking the public:  How am I doing?

When was the last time a public servant – let alone an elected official asked you:  How am I doing?

How am I doing as your County Auditor? (1 is the worst and 5 is the best)(answers)

Do you believe Linn County’s Administrative Office Building will be damaged again by flood waters before flood protection is installed?(answers)

Is reoccupying Linn County’s Administrative Office Building important to revitalizing the Downtown?(online surveys)

P.S.  I would like to see at least 100 votes in each poll.  Please forward these polls to your friends.

Transparency continued

February 28, 2009

Sometimes you don’t ask the right question.  I think that happened on my earlier post about transparency.

My earlier poll may have presumed that all local governments were transparent and it’s possible that a large number of potential poll takers might have skipped the poll because of that presumption.

This new poll comes on the heels of statements made at yesterday’s (2/27/2009) Condition of the City address.  The Mayor said the City of Cedar Rapids is more transparent than ever.  While that statement may be true, the real standard for transparency likely resides in each individual’s experience with how much time and expense it takes for a specific part of government to deliver on requests for information.  Did I get what I wanted when I wanted it?  And how much (how many trips) did it cost to get it?

Open meetings and open records laws seem to be getting some attention in the Legislature.  If you have an opinion on them, you may want to contact your legislators.  In the meantime, please take a moment and vote in my poll.

Transparency: Walking the Talk

February 12, 2009

One of the words frequently batted around in discussions about government is the word “transparency”.  Wikipedia defines transparency as implying openness, communication, and accountability


One of my on-going goals has been to walk the talk when it comes to transparency in my office.  For example, since taking office on February 20, 2007, we have added or updated 388 of the 532 documents posted on the Auditor’s portion of Linn County’s web site.  We have posted Election Results, GIS Data Accounts Payable information, Flood Related ContractsMinutes of Board of Supervisors meetings, and many other documents.  (Note:  We provide GazetteOnline with the salaries paid to County employees.)

I’m open to publishing any and all public records in the custody of my office that are not confidential public records (overall, we possess very few confidential records).  The gating factor to publishing more records is time and resources. 

I don’t want to publish everything because some of the data is likely of little interest to the public.  On the other hand, if you notice something missing that would be of interest to you and maybe others, please contact me so I can consider publishing it.  As a matter of law, all of our public records are available in our office for your in-person inspection at anytime during normal office hours and outside of office hours by appointment.

While transparency in government is important at all times, it’s going to become especially important if/when federal and state dollars start to flow into our county.  You/we need to know where the dollars are coming from and to whom they are going to.  Transparency means you can clearly see what happened.  It does not mean you agree with what happened.

I’m doing my part to make Linn County government as transparent as possible.  I could use an extra set of eyes once in a while to look things over and ask questions.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

Do you believe voter fraud is a serious problem in Linn County?

October 24, 2008

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