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HELP WANTED: Elections office coordinator

February 12, 2018

Interested in working in elections on a permanent basis? We have an opportunity for you.

Linn County already held one election in 2018 and we will likely administer another 3-4 special elections, as well as, a primary and general election in 2018. We are busy!

The elections office coordinator position was offered to current Linn County employees first per the County’s union contracts; however, now, the public can apply. If you are interested or have questions, please contact mailto:joel.miller – Linn County Auditor

ElectionsOfficeCoordinatorFebruary 2018.pdf

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Electronic poll books tested at Lisbon election

February 8, 2018

During Tuesday’s election in Lisbon, poll workers (PEOs) tested Poll Pads, i.e., the electronic poll books (EPBs) we are considering using for future elections. EPBs are rapidly replacing paper-based election registers in Iowa and across the nation.

Overall, Tuesday’s test of the Poll Pads was successful, i.e., the PEOs efficiently checked-in the voters and dispensed ballots. When the election concluded, the Poll Pad provided reports – see attached – that are as yet unavailable from the other two EPBs being used in Iowa.

The Voter Turnout reports from the Poll Pad allowed us to review when voters checked-in to vote. For example, the best time to go to vote on Tuesday was at 7am, Noon, or after 7pm. The dip in voters at Noon is a surprise because we always thought there was a surge of voters over the lunch hour, but that was not the case on Tuesday.

Another report is the Types of Voter ID used. Even though the Iowa Secretary of State mailed out over 120,000 voter ID cards in December, only one was presented at the voter check-in table. This is the type of data we need to see to understand what types of IDs the voters have or do not have.

Imagine if you knew in advance if the polls were busy BEFORE you headed to the polls. When we go to the airport, we can see if our plane is going to arrive on-time or takeoff on-time. Election administrators are not asking for too much when we ask for funds to modernize our elections; we are only asking to use the technology that is available to everyone else in the country.

Poll Pad technology is available now. We demonstrated it on Tuesday. How much is it worth to you? How much is your time worth? What technology should be used to administer elections in Linn County? If you have an opinion on this topic, send an email to mailto:Joel.Miller – Linn County Auditor

voter_turnout 15 min.pdf

voter_turnout by hour.pdf

TypesofVoterID-2018-02-06.pdf

@LisbonCSD voters set a high bar for future voters

February 7, 2018

Great news! Only 5 of the 560 voters voting at the polling place in yesterday’s (2/6) Lisbon Community School District (LCSD) election could NOT produce a required ID. And those five non-ID holders voted after signing an additional oath – see attached.

Was the Lisbon election representative of the forthcoming 2018 elections in terms of non-ID holders versus ID holders? Probably not. But kudos to the LCSD’s voters for being prepared to vote by bringing an ID. Five of 560 voters means less than one percent of the voters did not have an acceptable form of ID and that’s way less than I expected.

About ten days ago, we hosted a satellite voting station at the LCSD High School and 250 voters voted and only two showed up without an ID. Turns out both of them had driver’s licenses on record, which allowed them to vote a regular ballot.

Requiring #voterID in a precinct with a college or university could result in a different outcome, but the performance of LCSD’s voters gives me hope 1> that the word is getting out that an ID is required and 2> that producing an ID is not insurmountable.

LCSD’s voters set a high bar for future voters in the 2018 elections. Congratulations @LisbonCSD voters on being engaged in your local government, knowing the issues, and voting in your election! – Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

2018 ID oath.pdf

Qualifications to run for county supervisor

December 12, 2017

Now that the supervisor districts have been approved for Linn County (see previous post), it’s time for prospective candidates to review the map and reflect on whether the time is right for them to run for county supervisor. Per the attachment, the qualifications for Linn county supervisor candidates are:

1> Citizen at the time of the election. [§39.26];

2> Iowa resident at the time of the election. Registered voter of the county/supervisor district when sworn in;

3> 18 at the time of the election. [§39.26]; and

4> At least 150 nomination signatures or 1% of registered voters in the supervisor district as of July 1 of previous year.

Qualification #2 is intriguing because we have had candidates in recent elections who resided outside the supervisor district they would ultimately represent. Those candidates were not elected, but had they won, they would have needed to register to vote inside the supervisor district they were elected to represent. I wonder if any candidate residing in one supervisor district will run in another supervisor district in the 2018 election cycle?

I was talking with a well-known Linn County resident last night and I encouraged him to seek political office – not just because he was well-known, but because he’s highly educated, has excellent job experience, and is a great communicator. He said to me that he did too many wild things when he was young and that he would never be elected because of them. I suggested to him that if you have to be a perfect person to be elected to office, then no one would be in office. Think about it! -Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

Candidate qualifications guide.pdf

Supervisor redistricting plan approved by LSA

December 11, 2017

The Gazette reported on Friday, December 8th, that the Supervisor redistricting plan for Linn County was approved by the Legislative Services Agency. The official letter from the LSA, as well as, the official map of the districts is attached.

Prospective candidates for county supervisor should confirm which district they reside in or plan to reside in if elected before circulating nomination papers as those papers need to be signed by the residents of the district in order to be valid. And one detail that needs to be resolved is which district’s winning candidate will initially serve a two-year term versus the other two winners serving four year terms. Enjoy! -Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

LSA Review Approved.pdf

NEWS RELEASE: Cedar Rapids Run-off Election & E-signature Absentee Ballot Requests

December 5, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 5, 2017

CONTACT:

Becky Stonawski

Deputy Commissioner of Elections

(319) 892-5300, ext. 1

elections

E-signature Absentee Ballot Requests

Cedar Rapids Run-off Election

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – December 5, 2017 – The City of Cedar Rapids Run-Off election is taking place today. Polls close at 8 p.m. This release regards e-signature absentee ballot requests.

E-signature Documents:

Starting with this election, Auditor Joel Miller commissioned an e-fillable absentee ballot request form that voters could fill out online. After submission, voters were mailed another absentee request form to sign with wet ink, which is required by Iowa law, and a ballot in separate envelopes.

Fifty two (52) e-filled documents were submitted for the Cedar Rapids Run-Off election, and six (6) other people submitted absentee ballot requests via email, fax, or other means than a traditional wet signature. Out of those 58 ballots, 23 were held aside today for review as they lacked a wet ink signature, which needed to be submitted by Friday, December 1.

The ASVP (Absentee and Special Voter Precinct Board), a citizen board equally divided between Republicans and Democrats charged with counting absentee ballots, was presented with this situation to review. This board, rather than the auditor or election staff, makes final decisions as to when ballots should be counted.

The ASVP board decided that the 23 voters should be contacted and given the opportunity to come to the Linn County Elections office at 935 2nd St SW, Cedar Rapids prior to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, December 5. They would be given the opportunity to sign the absentee request form again and have their ballot counted for this election.

At least one person has come to the Linn County Public Service Center today to physically sign another absentee request form with a wet signature.

If a voter believes his/her ballot may be one of those involved, we urge them to contact the Linn County Election office at 319-892-5300.

Further Information on Today’s Election: To find your polling location, go to www.linncountyelections.org/lookup

Dates & Deadlines

12/01/2017 Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot to be Mailed
12/04/2017 Last Day to Vote Absentee (Auditor’s Office)
12/05/2017 Election Day
12/7/2017 ASVP Board May Reconvene at Noon
12/12/2017 Canvass of Votes for Cedar Rapids (Tuesday after the Election)
12/14/2017 Deadline to Request a Recount

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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Cedar Rapids Run-Off Election: December 5, 2017

December 1, 2017

For more information, contact:

Becky Stonawski

Deputy Commissioner of Elections

(319) 892-5300, ext. 1

elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 30, 2017

Cedar Rapids Run-Off Election: December 5, 2017

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – November 30, 2017 – The Cedar Rapids Run-Off Election will be held Tuesday, December 5, 2017. All voters living in Cedar Rapids will choose the next mayor. Voters living in Cedar Rapids District 5 will vote for both the mayor and District 5 City Council member.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Voters can find their polling place at: www.linncountyelections.org/lookup/.

The Linn County Auditor’s Office, located at 935 2nd St. SW in Cedar Rapids is open for in-person, absentee voting Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. In-person absentee voting ends Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Voters may also request an absentee ballot by mail. Request forms for absentee ballots by mail must be received by Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. Mailed absentee ballots must have a postmark of Monday, December 4, 2017 in order to be counted. They may also be hand-delivered to the Auditor’s Office by close of polls on Election Day.

New voters or people who have moved should take proof of ID and proof of residency to their polling location in order to vote on Election Day. Registered voters do not need ID until January 1, 2018.

On December 5, unofficial election results can be found at www.linncountyelections.org starting shortly after 8 p.m. and continuing until all precincts have reported.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors will canvass final results for Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, December 12 at 9 a.m.

Election Portal

Visit www.linncounty.org/ElectionServices to gain access to all election-related information for Linn County. The following can be found at this website:

  • Absentee Ballot Request Forms
  • Election Day Information
  • Polling Locations
  • Sample Ballots
  • Voter Registration Forms

For additional information, please contact Linn County Election Services. Phone: 319-892-5300, ext. 1. Email: elections.

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NEWS RELEASE: Absentee Voting Begins Monday, Nov. 20 for Cedar Rapids Run-off Election

November 17, 2017

For more information, contact:

Becky Stonawski

Deputy Commissioner of Elections

(319) 892-5300, ext. 1

elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 17, 2017

Absentee Voting Begins Monday, November 20

Now Accepting Mailed Ballot Requests for Cedar Rapids Run-off Election

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – November 17, 2017 – Early, absentee voting begins Monday, November 20 in Linn County for the Cedar Rapids Run-off Election. This includes the races for Cedar Rapids mayor and Cedar Rapids Council Member for District 5.

Voting In-Person: Beginning Monday, November 20, individuals may vote in-person at the Election Services Department of the 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. to 5 p.m.

Voting by Mail: Voters may also request to have an absentee ballot mailed to them. These 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, December 4 in order to be counted.

Election Day: Election Day is Tuesday, December 5. All Cedar Rapids polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling location, go to www.linncountyelections.org/lookup.

Election Portal: Go to www.linncounty.org/ElectionServices to gain access to all election-related information for Linn County. The following can be viewed or downloaded:

· Absentee Ballot Request Forms

· Absentee Voting Opportunities

· Election Day Information

· Polling Locations

· Sample Ballots

· Voter Registration Forms

Dates & Deadlines

Due Date Event / Deadline
11/20/2017 Absentee Voting to Begin
11/27/2017 Last Day to Pre-register to Vote for this Election
12/01/2017 Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot to be Mailed
12/04/2017 Last Day to Vote Absentee (Auditor’s Office)
12/05/2017 Election Day
12/7/2017

ASVP Board May Reconvene at Noon

12/12/2017 Canvass of Votes for Cedar Rapids (Tuesday after the Election)
12/14/2017 Deadline to Request a Recount

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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Abstract of votes: Cedar Rapids city election

November 9, 2017

Mr. Nick Weig of CBS2 requested the final certified vote count for candidates Monica Vernon and Brad Hart. The document certifying the exact counts is attached.

Linn County’s election results from year 2000 to the present (with the exception of today’s newly certified results) are posted at http://www.linncounty.org/628/Election-Results-Since-2000. –Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

20171109144602466.pdf

Olson will not pursue recount

November 9, 2017

At 2:38pm today (11/9/2017), I called Cedar Rapids mayoral candidate Scott Olson. I informed Mr. Olson that the Linn County Board of Supervisors had certified the city election results and Brad Hart received sixty-eight (68) more votes than Mr. Olson.

I have been updating Mr. Olson on the status of provisional ballots and late arriving absentee ballots since the unofficial election results were posted on Tuesday night.

While talking with Mr. Olson a few minutes ago about the certified results, I advised him that the Linn County Auditor’s Office is unaware of any errors, omissions, or anomalies which could alter the 68 vote difference. Mr. Olson then advised me that he would not be pursuing a recount. Further, Mr. Olson indicated that I could share his decision with the public. –Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor


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