The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

October 14, 2013

Iowa Secretary of State in Ottumwa

OTTUMWA — Stopping someone from voting illegally while also encouraging Iowans to get out and vote, said Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, are both features of his office.

Schultz was in town Monday speaking at a meeting of Ottumwa Rotary in the ballroom of Hotel Ottumwa. He said there's more to the office of the "SOS" than many people realize. But he acknowledged the most exciting part to many is election fraud prevention. And at least one question and answer request centered on that.

How many more voter fraud arrests can we expect to see, asked a member. Schultz said there's only so much he can say.

"It's DCI's investigation now," Schultz said, but that his understanding is, "we expect a lot more coming down the pike."

Last week, a man was convicted of voter fraud in Iowa. He was a felon who voted. After the meeting, Schultz told the Courier that the man was also a Bosnian citizen, not an American. He definitely should not have been voting, the secretary said.

"It's a problem [when voter fraud happens because] it can make a difference in a close election," he told Rotarians.

But he said there's the other side of the coin: True voters can make a difference in a close election for the candidate they choose. To demonstrate his point during a program encouraging young people to vote, Rock Iowa, Schultz and other adults preside over a vote for president at an Iowa school. The candidates are two classmates. Students get to grill the candidates on their position.

After that's all done, half the class is asked to come forward. The other half gets ballots. They are the only ones allowed to vote. Some kids get it right away; that if everyone votes, the results may be very different. Each vote counts, Schultz said.

Text Only
Local News
  • Meeting TodayOttumwaQuincy Avenue Reconstruction Project public information meeting, 5:30 p.m., council chambers, City Hall.

    July 24, 2014

  • Iowa hogs Negotiated 2,394 2,185 4,592 6,360Other Market Formula 11,084 7,744 9,481 13,206Swine or Pork Market Formula 53,800 32,627 34,265 43,359Other Purchase Arrangement 16,740 14,865 13,900 21,009Packer Sold (all purchase types) 7,336 2,540 4,165 3,415NEGO

    July 24, 2014

  • 0724 OTT Tehel mug -T -M Jury begins deliberations DAVENPORT — The fate of a Wapello County man accused of killing his wife is in the hands of a jury in Scott County, which began deliberations Wednesday and will continue deliberating today.The jury began deliberations about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the ca

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Van Buren says bye-bye to Waste Management KEOSAUQUA — Waste Management has been charging the Van Buren Community School District an average of nearly $1,600 a month to remove waste and recycled materials from the Douds and Keosauqua centers. Now faced with a bidding process, Waste Management

    July 23, 2014

  • Prosecution: All evidence points to Techel as killer DAVENPORT — Just as all roads lead to Rome, so all evidence points to a Wapello County man accused of killing his wife, according to the prosecution. Assistant Attorney General Andrew Prosser, who is prosecuting the case for the third time, said defe

    July 23, 2014

  • Pesticide use is not all bad OTTUMWA — When you pick up a grocery ad, it seems like every other page has a produce item stamped USDA Organic, meaning that those items were spared from chemicals including Glyphosate, the most common pesticide in the world. As the Organic Food Mov

    July 23, 2014

  • 0724 OTT Kitchen Science color photo -L -T Kitchen science sparks curiosity OTTUMWA — A lucky group of children spent Wednesday morning experimenting with kitchen science and creating geysers of foam at the Knights of Columbus hall. The Kitchen Science performance was presented by Waterloo's Grout Museum and is part of the O

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Making something of themselves OTTUMWA — Community leaders this week heard how Ottumwa's Job Corps started from nothing yet became successful. But they also heard from students who said they were doing nothing until they found success through Job Corps. "After I dropped out of hig

    July 23, 2014

  • New charges filed in abuse case OTTUMWA — A single charge against a man for sexual abuse has been replaced by a new trial information, and authorities are throwing the book at him. Grant Troxel was initially charged in early June with sexual abuse. But the new list of charges indic

    July 23, 2014

  • 0724 OTT car investigation color photo -L Tip led to Tuesday arrest OTTUMWA — There was more to the incident Tuesday in which officers surrounded a car near U.S. Bank in downtown Ottumwa than just a routine traffic stop. Police Chief Tom McAndrew said Jason Tobek, 36, is in custody and faces charges of interference w

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook