By Sheena Dooley | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES – Iowa’s top election official will defend his decision to adopt emergency rules that allow him to more easily purge voter lists today before a legislative committee.
The Legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee is scheduled to hear Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s arguments at 1 p.m. at the Capitol. Committee members expect to possibly take action on the rules during the meeting.
It will mark the first time Schultz, a first-term Republican, has met with lawmakers since enacting the rules in July without public input. If upheld, they will allow his office to remove some voters from Iowa’s voter registration list and make it easier to report voter fraud. Individual who allege fraud will no longer have to attest to the truth of their statement.
The legislative hearing comes as Polk County Judge Mary Pat Gunderson considers arguments in a lawsuit filed against Schultz regarding the rules.
The Administrative Rules Committee will meet at the Capitol in Room 116. Iowa Watchdog will tweet live from the hearing.