(SIOUX CITY, Iowa) — The Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) is calling for a formal investigation into allegations of voting improprieties at the Woodbury County Courthouse after receiving multiple reports of a polling staffer providing false information about Public Measure 1, also known as the Freedom Amendment, to voters prior to them casting their ballots.
The Freedom Amendment, if approved by voters, will add the right to keep and bear arms to Iowa’s state constitution.
Three voters tell IFC that on three separate occasions, they were told by a polling staff member that should they decide to vote “yes” for Public Measure 1, “it would allow felons to have guns.” This information is both incorrect and may have consequently influenced voters to vote “no” who had spoken with said staffer prior to casting a ballot. It remains unclear how many voters the staffer in question may have given false information concerning the Freedom Amendment before they voted.
At least one of the voters who has been in touch with IFC tells the organization they are in the process of filing a report over the incident with the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office. IFC has reached to both the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office and the Woodbury County Auditor’s Office and has called for an immediate investigation into the allegations.
“Fair elections are a pillar of our democracy and what has allegedly transpired at the Woodbury County Courthouse is both highly illegal and calls into question the integrity of any early voting that took place there,” said IFC President Dave Funk. “We call on Woodbury County Auditor Patrick Gill to remove the polling staffer in question immediately and we demand the state conduct a formal investigation to uncover the extent to what allegedly occurred.”
Only six states, which includes Iowa, Minnesota, Maryland, California, New York and New Jersey, have not already adopted their own versions of the Freedom Amendment in their respective state constitutions.