Letter to the Editor

Reader's Respond

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

An Iowa Poll is frequently quoted as showing Iowa voters support Voter ID. I wonder what the question to those voters was. If the question had been worded “do you favor implementing a Voter ID law knowing it will cost taxpayers $340,000.00 for the Secretary of State to issue voter ID cards to registered voters who do not have an Iowa driver’s license, and $1,050,000.00 to provide e-poll books to those counties that do not currently have them,” would Iowa voters would have answered yes?

These figures are not made up figures. They are figures provided in Secretary Pate’s fiscal note provided to the Iowa Senate prior to that body’s vote on the bill. Also, included in the fiscal note are figures for ongoing costs to the counties ($25,000 to $45,000) to annually produce additional voter ID cards for new voters or voters who have moved, $65,120 to upgrade the IVoter system, the state wide voter registration system, and $70,000 to educate the Iowa voters about what they must now do to exercise their constitutional right!

These are not all of the costs outlined in Secretary Pate’s fiscal note. The bill, also, establishes the policy of post-election audits to be done randomly of counties, which will be determined by lot. Secretary Pate does not include figures for those expenses in his fiscal note.

My question for Iowa voters is, now based on the above information, do you favor Voter ID in Iowa?