Miller endorsed by Johnson and Polk County Auditors

May 17, 2020

Joel D. Miller, Linn County Auditor and June 2nd Democratic primary election candidate, is the only candidate for Linn County Auditor to be endorsed by fellow county auditors.

Travis Weipert, Johnson County Auditor, endorsed Miller and said, “Auditor Miller is always thinking ahead.  Our recent agreement to provide mutual aid to each other in the event either office is shut-down due to Covid-19 is a prime example.”

Jamie Fitzgerald, Polk County Auditor, endorsed Miller and said, “Joel Miller is tenacious at saving taxpayer resources and fighting to ensure all voters are able to easily participate in our elections.  I am proud to call him a friend.”

To see their very public endorsements, click on the Miller for Auditor postcard.

Please vote Miller for Auditor and drop off your ballot in a USPS mailbox or in the white dropbox in front of the Linn County Public Service Center.  Please do NOT hand over your ballot to a ballot harvester or a stranger.

It is not too late to donate to the Miller for Auditor campaign at http://www.venmo.com/Joel-Miller-127
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Broad coalition contributes to Miller campaign

May 15, 2020

Linn County Auditor Joel D. Miller, a candidate on the June 2nd Democratic primary election ballot, filed his campaign finance report for the period ending 5/14/2020.  You can view it here.  Some quick facts about his report:

Total funds raised = $10,495

Largest contribution = $2,900

Contributors = 80

PACs = 0

Current elected official contributors = 4

Former elected official contributors = 10

Paid for by Miller for Auditor

Donate to Miller for Auditor at http://www.venmo.com/Joel-Miller-127

Stick with an experienced team

May 6, 2020

I am Joel Miller and I have been your Linn County Auditor for over 13 years. I am on the ballot in the Democratic primary election and I have an opponent.

I have been your County watchdog since 2007. I have been a nationally certified election administrator since 2009. I was Iowa’s County Auditor of the Year in 2013.

I am for automatic voter registration when citizens turn 18.

I am for improved post election audits, e.g., risk limiting audits.

I am for allowing felons to vote after they have served their sentences.

I am for all vote-by-mail elections to reduce the risk of spreading Covid19.

I oversee a great team! The anchor of our team is First Deputy Auditor Becky Shoop. She has been with the County for over 40 years. Her institutional knowledge is indispensable. She provides guidance not only to our office, but other County offices.

When a vacancy occurred on my elections team a few years ago, I hired local attorney Rebecca Stonawski as Deputy Commissioner of Elections. Her organizational skills and legal background have proved to be invaluable as election laws change from year to year.

And finally, after I successfully lobbied to get the Code of Iowa changed so that county auditors can audit county accounts and funds, I promoted Rhonda Betsworth, a CPA (certified public accountant), to Deputy Auditor to oversee the County’s accounting and property tax systems.

I am a US Army Military Police veteran, former IBEW member, former Chair of the Linn County Democrats, and former Mayor of Robins.

I am a member of Rotary, the American Legion, and the Catholic Church. My wife and I have been married for 42 years. We have 3 adult married children and 9 grandchildren.

I have been a dairy farmer, a deputy sheriff, an electronics technician for AT&T, a senior manager for Teleconnect and MCI, a senior project manager for Siemens, and an IT Director for Four Oaks of Iowa. I have owned my own profitable technology business.

This is not the time to hire an amateur to run your elections. This is not the time to hand watchdog duties over to a former county supervisor who quit to take a job in DC. This is not the time to break-up a great team.

I request you vote in the Democratic primary election.

I request you vote Miller for Auditor.  

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Mass gatherings allowed for voting and official training

April 24, 2020

Iowa Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation today that permits mass gatherings for voting and election official training:

ELECTION ACTIVITIES

SECTION EIGHT.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, I hereby order that:

A.   Voting and Election Training: The prohibitions on certain mass gatherings in the Proclamations of Disaster Emergency issued on April 6 and April 16, 2020, shall not be construed to limit any person from voting or attending training for precinct election officials.

B. Use of Facilities: The closures of any school, establishment or other facilities in the Proclamations of Disaster Emergency issued on April 2, April 6, 2020, and April 16, 2020, shall not be construed to prohibit the operation of a polling place or in-person absentee voting location at the school, establishment, or other facility.

While in-person curbside voting and election voting will be available in the future, I encourage you to #BeAVoter and #VoteAtHome for your safety and the safety of your precinct election officials, which in many cases are your neighbors.

To see the Governor’s proclamation, click here.  Posted by Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor & Commissioner of Elections

NEWS RELEASE: Primary Election: Absentee Ballots and Early, In-Person Voting

April 24, 2020

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Stonawski

Deputy Commissioner of Elections

319-892-5300, ext. 1

elections

Primary Election: Absentee Ballots and Early, In-Person Voting

County Offices to Appear on the 2020 Primary Election Ballot

LINN COUNTY, IA – April 23, 2020 – The Linn County Auditor’s Office has received over 10,000 absentee request forms for the June 2 Primary. This far surpasses recent primary elections.

In the 2018 Primary, 1,520 absentee ballots were requested. In the 2016 Primary, 2,075 absentee ballots were requested.

The Auditor’s Office will be mailing the first 5,274 absentee ballots today, Thursday, April 23. Another 5,000 are expected by the end of next week.

Auditor Joel Miller states, “We appreciate the community’s responsible choice to vote from home. We encourage voters to request an absentee ballot, and we appreciate their patience as we process these requests.”

In-person, absentee voting will also be available at a drive-through location near the Linn County Public Service Center at 823 3rd St SW in Cedar Rapids. Voters will be processed curbside. This early voting option will be available May 4-June 1, 2020 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and on Saturday, May 30.

Due to COVID-19, election day polling locations will be reduced to 19 sites. In mid-May, the Linn County Auditor’s Office will send a postcard mailer to all registered households in Linn County indicating their temporary, combined voting locations. Voters may also view their temporary voting location by entering their address at: www.linncountyelections.org/lookup

Additional information may be found at LinnCounty.org/Vote.

For questions regarding this election, call the Linn County Election Services Office at 319-892-5300, ext. 1 or email elections Posted by Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor & Commissioner of Elections

Johnson and Linn Auditors sign mutual aid agreement

March 27, 2020

Over the years, the Johnson and Linn County Auditors’ Offices have collaborated and shared best practices. The Covid19 crisis has caused us to formally agree to help each other if one office closes down and the other office continues to operate – see attached agreement.

Linn & Johnson County Auditors: Collaborating for the taxpayers; collaborating for you. Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor
MX-5111N_20200325_150350.pdf

Court scheduled to hear appeal on Voter Registration Commission decision

February 18, 2020

On 7/10/2020, a Polk County (Iowa) district judge is scheduled to hold a hearing on my appeal of the recent decision made by the Iowa Voter Registration Commission (VRC) on my HAVA complaint on the Iowa Secretary of State. I would have preferred that the Court hold the hearing prior to the June 2nd primary election.

The purpose of this appeal is to ask the District Court to order the VRC to fulfill its duty by holding a contested case hearing in which records can be subpoenaed and witnesses can be cross-examined – neither of which occurred in any of the VRC’s proceedings leading up to its decision. Time is of the essence and the security of our election systems in Iowa needs to be thoroughly scrutinized to ensure we have minimized our vulnerabilities. Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor & Commissioner of Elections

1a – Civil Original Notice – 2.13.20.PDF

1b – Petition for Judicial Review.PDF

1c – Exhibit A.PDF

1c – Exhibit B.PDF

1c – Exhibit C.PDF

2a – Order Establishing Schedule – 2.17.20.PDF

2b – Order.PDF

NEWS RELEASE: Absentee Voting Begins Monday, February 10 for Alburnett Community School District and College Community School District Special Elections

February 6, 2020

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Stonawski

Deputy Commissioner of Elections

319-892-5300, ext. 1

elections

For Immediate Release

February 5, 2020

Special Election:

Absentee Voting Begins Monday, February 10 for Alburnett Community School District and College Community School District

LINN COUNTY, IA – February 5, 2020 – Early, absentee voting begins Monday, February 10 in Linn County for the Alburnett Community School District and the College Community School District Special Elections.

Voting In-Person

Beginning Monday, February 10, Linn County voters residing in the Alburnett Community School District or College Community School District may vote in-person at the Election Services Department of the Linn County Auditor’s Office. The office is located in the Linn County Public Service Center, 935 2nd St. SW in Cedar Rapids. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m-5 p.m. In-person absentee voting continues through Monday, March 2.

College Community School District crosses into Johnson and Benton counties. Voters from Johnson or Benton counties should contact their respective Auditor’s office for voting information.

Voting by Mail

Voters may request to have an absentee ballot mailed to them. The last day voters can request ballots by mail is Friday, February 21, 2020.

Absentee voters may return their ballot by mail or hand-deliver their ballot to the Election Services Department. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Monday, March 2 in order to be counted.

Satellite Voting

A satellite voting option will be available. Linn County voters may choose to vote from 2-9 p.m. on Friday, February 14 at the Prairie High School new main entrance located at 401 76th Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids. Johnson and Benton County voters may request absentee ballots at this event.

Election Day Vote Centers

Election Day is Tuesday, March 3. The polls will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Alburnett Community School District voters may vote at either of the following locations:

· Alburnett United Methodist Church, 221 S. Main St., Alburnett

· King of Kings Lutheran Church, 3275 N. Center Point Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids

College Community School District voters (for Linn County only) may vote at any one of the following three locations:

· College Community Schools District Office, 401 76th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids

· Ely Public Library, 595 Dows St., Ely

· Fairfax Public Library, 313 Vanderbilt St., Fairfax

Election Portal

Go to linncountyelections.org to gain access to all election-related information for Linn County.

The following can be viewed or downloaded:

· Absentee ballot request forms

· Voter registration forms

· Sample ballots

· Election Day information

Dates & Deadlines

Due Date Event / Deadline
2/10/2020 Absentee Voting Begins
2/21/2020 Last Day to Pre-register to Vote for this Election
2/21/2020 Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot to be Mailed
3/2/2020 Last Day to Vote In-Person Absentee (Linn County Auditor’s Office)
3/3/2020 Election Day
3/9/2020

First Canvass of Votes

3/16/2020 Second Canvass of Votes

For questions regarding this election, call the Linn County Election Services Office at 319-892-5300, ext. 1 or email elections.

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News coverage on HAVA complaint: Linn County Auditor v Iowa Secretary of State

January 17, 2020

A hearing on the motion to dismiss my HAVA complaint began at 10am this morning (1/17/2020). On a 2-1 vote, the Iowa Voter Registration Commission (the Presiding Officer) dismissed my complaint, ignoring Federal law, which required a hearing.

Unfortunately, this decision by the Presiding Officer set a precedent that any complaint filed against the Iowa Secretary of State can be dismissed without a hearing on the complaint.

“If you see something, say something.” I did that and never got my “day in court.” We all lost something today.

Here are the online news stories thus far:

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/investigations/2020/01/17/iowa-linn-county-auditor-complaint-voter-registration-vulnerable-dismissed/2774034001/

https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/joel-miller-voters-commission-shoots-down-linn-county-auditors-complaint-over-election-security-20200117

Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

The saga of my HAVA … complaint

January 16, 2020

If you want to listen-in on the motion to dismiss hearing on my HAVA complaint on the Iowa Secretary of State, please dial-in the conference call number below before 10am on Friday, 1/17/2020.

Sound quality and phone line availability are not guaranteed, but it is a public hearing and ALL ARE WELCOME TO LISTEN, but not speak (there is no public comment period on the agenda).   Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

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From: Widen, Molly [SOS] [Molly.Hammer@sos.iowa.gov]
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2020 3:06 PM
Subject: Conference Call Information

Good Afternoon,

Please use the following information to call in to tomorrow’s meeting. I will stand the line up a few minutes before 10:00 AM.

Conference Call Number: 866-685-1580

Conference Code: 0009990334

Sincerely,

Molly M. Widen – Legal Counsel – Office of Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate


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