Iowa Secretary of State Chet Culver will conduct a statewide public meeting in Spencer to discuss election reform in Iowa. The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clay County Administration Building, 300 West 4th Street. This is one of 13 meetings being held across Iowa in June and July.
This meeting will provide information on the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and lowa's plan for election reform. In addition, Iowans will have an opportunity to provide input on the implementation of this plan.
New touch-screen, voting technologies will be available for the public to test and explore. These new election tabulation machines also include voice ballots to assist voters that may have vision challenges or reading difficulty thus allowing them, for the first time, to cast their ballot independently in private.
Sign language interpretation will be provided at the public meeting. A summary of the plan will be available in Braille and large print as well. If you wish to participate in this public meeting and need other special accommodations such as language interpretation or any other assistance, please contact the Secretary of State's office toll-free at 1-888-767-8683.
Secretary Culver has been working with a nonpartisan Advisory Committee, including county auditors, county supervisors, state officials and other interested groups to implement a HAVA plan that includes upgrading voting equipment, increasing accessibility allowing all voters to cast a secret ballot without assistance; and training and education for voters, poll workers and voters are trained and educated.
"Throughout this election reform planning process, we recognized the importance of including many points of view," said Secretary of State Chet Culver, Iowa's chief state elections official "Now it's time to hear from the citizens of the state."
The HAVA Preliminary State Plan and the Public Meetings Schedule are available on line at www.sos.state.ia.us or may be requested by calling toll-free at 1-888-767-8683. In addition to the public meetings citizens are encouraged to send their comments on election reform to the Secretary of State's Office (State Capitol Building, Des Moines, IA 50319) or, via the website at www.sos.state.ia.us