County Treasurer reaches out to Iowa Ethics Board and Secretary of States Office

County Treasurer reaches out to Iowa Ethics Board and Secretary of States Office

Posted: Nov 5, 2018 10:27 PM
Updated: Nov 5, 2018 10:46 PM

CERRO GORDO CO., Iowa- A day before polls open for the 2018 General Elections, County Treasurer and acting Auditor Pat Wright has contacted the Iowa Board of ethics as well as the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office after she said she was accused of talking to voters.
Wright, who is acting auditor after the former auditor resigned over the summer, said the accusations are just not true.
In an email to both states offices she explained that she received a call from the auditor’s office that an individual had a question about why their voter ID card wasn’t working. She said she explained to them that they could use their license and then asked staff to assist the person in voting. The email goes on to say that Cerro Gordo County Chair Barb Hovland told her that she cannot be talking to voters.
She explained to KIMT News 3’s Brian Tabick that they did hire an outside firm for $4,500 for the election for this reason as well as her inexperience as an auditor.
“It was for confidence, she said. “We had purchased new election machines under the former auditor for $45,000 and we wanted to know that we’re doing things right for the General Election.”
We did reach out to Hovland for comment on the incident but she has not yet returned our calls.
Wright said that the individual did get their ballot counted. They were one of over 500 people going through the courthouse to vote early on Monday.

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