Purge of IA Voter Rolls Put on Hold

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s attempt to cross-reference the eligibility of 3,500 voters with a federal immigration database was put on hold when a judge placed a temporary injunction on the process. Judge Mary Pat Gunderson wrote the rules “have in fact created confusion and mistrust in the voter registration process [and] have created fear that new citizens will lose their right to vote and/or be charged with a felony and [have] caused some qualified voters to feel deterred from even registering to vote.” Similar purges in Florida and Colorado uncovered almost “no confirmed noncitizens.”

–Greg Noth