County Auditor Van Lancker Catches Mistake In Iowa SOS Commercial

Iowa’s ever-changing, new election laws can sometimes confuse even the folks in charge of overseeing elections.

A commercial from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office that aired on KCRG Thursday morning incorrectly listed the date when early in-person voting at a county auditor’s office starts.

See the video here: https://iowastartingline.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_2020.mov 

The correct date for early in-person voting is Wednesday, May 18, but the commercial said Monday, May 23.

The ad mistake was spotted by Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker.

Van Lancker is one of two Democrats running in the primary to challenge Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate in the fall.

“Iowa SOS’s office needs to do better when providing our voters information about voting,” Van Lacker said. “Especially after the state legislature has already made it more difficult to vote in Iowa.”

Iowa’s voting laws were changed by Republican legislators last year in response to the 2020 general election despite record turnout and few reported irregularities in the state.  

Van Lancker said he reached out to the Secretary of State’s office about the mistake.

The incorrect commercial has since been amended. Pate’s official Twitter account shared the correct version Thursday morning.

 

by Ty Rushing
05/05/22

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