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New Technology for Overseas Military Voters Cuts Response Time Down and Utilizes Common Access Card PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kim Plyler   
Monday, 02 December 2013 14:45

Pierre, SD – Monday, December 2, 2013 — South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant announces a solution to address a national problem that servicemen and women overseas experience in casting a ballot.  South Dakota’s new system revolutionizes absentee voting by combining advanced technology and the Common Access Card (CAC) issued by the Department of Defense. The new system called Innovative Overseas Absentee-Balloting System (iOASIS) increases the percentage of ballots successfully returned by dramatically reducing the paperwork while increasing security.

“The iOASIS program is based on a concept of simplicity.  These voters will now be able to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, receive an absentee ballot and mark an absentee ballot in seconds. The ballot is then printed and returned for counting,” said Secretary Gant. “This is only possible by utilizing the security of the Common Access Card for validation to verify our overseas voters and turn a 60-day process into a less than 5-minute transaction.”

The iOASIS program has been successfully tested nearly 1,000 times with the assistance of the South Dakota National Guard.  It increases the percentage of successful ballots; reduces the failure rates (such as blank absentee ballot delivery, absentee ballot tabulation, absentee ballot return verification); and establishes and maintains techniques and best practices of election officials and their services for these voters.  The iOASIS program will be launched in 2014 elections.

“An integral part of iOASIS is the new state of the art election management system that has streamlined the voting process in South Dakota. This system guarantees the security, efficiency and accuracy when validating the absentee process for overseas voters in real time. The critical component is the addition of the Common Access Card which verifies and authenticates the identity of the voter,” said Secretary Gant.

Secretary Gant said, “I am proud to play a part in correcting the injustice that servicemen and women experience in their ballots not being counted.  They deserve the same opportunity that everyone else has.  They risk their lives defending our right to vote.  We need to defend theirs.”

This effort is sponsored by the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).  The content of the information does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Government and no official Government endorsement should be inferred.



Friends of Bob Grogan Announce Illinois State Treasurer Filing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Friends of Bob Grogan   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:03
I am proud to announce that I have filed for the office of Illinois State Treasurer on Monday Nov. 25, 2013 at 8:00 AM. Thank you to the 519 circulators who helped me obtain over 13,000 signatures from 576 municipalities and 86 counties. I look forward to meeting more voters and demonstrating to them a fresh perspective for Illinois. I will bring my experience as an CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner and pioneer in government transparency to Illinois. 


Bob Grogan, CPA

Branstad calls Jan. 7, 2014 special election in HD 25 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Monday, 25 November 2013 14:10

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed a proclamation directing a special election be held on Jan. 7, 2014, for Iowa House District 25, which is being vacated by Rep. Julian Garrett following his election to the Iowa Senate earlier this month.

The proclamation’s language is as follows:

WHEREAS, The Office of State Representative from the 25th Representative District, consisting of the following areas:

a.      The city of Bevington.

b.     Madison county.

c.      In Warren county:

i.     The cities of Milo and Norwalk.

ii.     Jackson, Otter, Squaw, Virginia, and White Oak townships, and that portion of Linn township not contained in the forty-second representative district.

Has become vacant by the reason of the resignation of Representative Julian B. Garrett.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the law do hereby proclaim and direct that a special election to fill said vacancy shall be held within said District on


WHEREFORE, all electors within said 25th Representative District will take due notice and the County Commissioners of Elections of said counties will take official notice as provided in Iowa Code section 39.6, 2013.









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Students for Braley Launched by more than 200 Iowa Students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Roecker   
Friday, 22 November 2013 10:06
First effort: promote YouTube video featuring Braley's efforts to renew $4,000 tuition tax deduction
DES MOINES, IA – Braley for Iowa announced today that more than 200 Iowa college and high school students have signed on as founding members of Students for Braley, a group of supporters who will lead grassroots organizational efforts for Rep. Bruce Braley’s 2014 Senate campaign on college campuses across Iowa.
Their first effort: Students for Braley will promote a YouTube video in support of Braley’s work to renew a popular $4,000 college tuition tax deduction set to expire at the end of the year. The student group will share and promote the video on social media. The video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgR3Nprxzc4
The founding members of Students for Braley hail from Iowa’s three public regents’ universities and 15 four-year colleges and community colleges across the state.
Co-chairing the grassroots organization are: Carter Bell, University of Iowa ’16; Luis Islas, William Penn University ’14; Jane Kersch, Iowa State University ’16; Daniel Merwin, University of Northern Iowa ’14; Maggie Sandoval, Drake University ’15; and Jasper Verhofste, Simpson College ’14. A full list of founding members can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.brucebraley.com/sfbfoundingmembers
Braley said, “A college education opens doors of opportunity in today’s competitive global economy. Yet the cost of college tuition has nearly doubled over the last decade and Iowa college students graduate with some of the highest debt loads in the country.”
Braley continued, “Iowa students deserve more. That’s why I’ve fought to reduce student loan interest rates and renew tax breaks for families and students paying in college. And it’s while I’ll fight in the Senate to do even more to the college dream within reach for Iowa families.”
Carter Bell said, “I back Bruce because he’s a true champion for Iowa students. He has led efforts to lower student loan rates, extend the American Opportunity Tax Credit, and strengthen Pell Grants. We need him in the Senate to fight for us.”
Daniel Merwin said, “I support Bruce because he works to keep college affordable and because he stands up for student veterans. Bruce works to create opportunities for student vets like me, like the new GI Bill that expanded educational support for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Bruce will do even more in the Senate.”
Jane Kersch said, “Iowa students need Bruce Braley working for us in the Senate. He stands up for students and middle class families because he’s never forgotten where he came from. He worked his way through college and knows how important education is for the future of our state and country.”
Braley has worked relentlessly to keep college within reach for more Iowa students and families.

  • In 2012 and again this year, he helped lead the successful push to keep federally subsidized students loans from doubling to 6.8 percent.
  • In 2012, Braley helped to renew the popular, $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit, which offsets the cost of tuition, books, and fees.
  • And earlier this year, Braley announced an effort to renew a $4,000 federal income tax deduction for college tuition and fees.

Bruce Braley was born in Grinnell and grew up in nearby Brooklyn, Iowa. His father, a Marine, fought on Iwo Jima in World War II; his mother was a teacher. Braley worked his way through college and law school building roads and bridges with the Poweshiek County Roads Department and working other jobs. He worked as an attorney for 23 years before being elected to Congress. He knows what it means to be a kid from a working family who just wants the opportunity to succeed. That’s why he’s running for Senate – to fight to strengthen the middle class, stand up for veterans, provide educational opportunities, and protect the American dream. Braley lives in Waterloo with his wife, Carolyn. They have three children: Lisa, David, and Paul.
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Campaign Announces ‘Women for Olson Steering Committee’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alex Youn   
Thursday, 21 November 2013 12:52
New Report Card Shows Terry Branstad is Failing Iowa Women

CEDAR RAPIDS – Today, the Tyler Olson for Governor Campaign announced the creation of a Women for Olson steering committee comprised of fifty-five business leaders, community activists, and elected officials across Iowa. The campaign also announced Branstad's Failed Scorecard for Women that shows why Terry Branstad’s policies get a failing grade from Iowa women.

“Women across Iowa have had enough of Terry Branstad holding our state back,” said Connie Gronstal. “Tyler Olson will be a Governor who advocates for the issues affecting women, and we share his vision for building a better future for our daughters and granddaughters.”

Released in conjunction with the steering committee, Branstad's Failed Scorecard for Woman shows that Terry Branstad has failed on the issues that matter to Iowa women. A non-profit report from the Center for American Progress, gave Iowa a D+ in terms of women’s economic security. And Branstad’s policies on reproductive health and early childhood education earned him failing grades.

“Terry Branstad’s policies on the economy, education, and health are failing Iowa women,” said State Senator Janet Petersen. “His plans to cut education aren’t right for our families, and his positions on women’s health are just too extreme for Iowans.”

The Women for Olson steering committee is made up of just some of the many women around the state who are supporting his campaign. See the full list of steering committee members below.

“I am proud to have the support of so many impressive leaders from across Iowa,” said Rep. Olson. “As Governor I’ll fight for pay equity, an economy that works for Iowa women and to ensure that women can make their own choices about their health.”

The Women for Olson steering committee is the latest piece of a broad coalition coming together support the Olson campaign for Governor. Olson also has the support of 7 State Senators, 25 State Representatives, AFSCME, RWDSU and the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Building Trades, the Iowa State, UNI and Loras College Democrats along with student leaders at the University of Iowa, Grinnell, Drake and Simpson.

Women for Olson Statewide Steering Committee: http://bit.ly/18qPqHL
Branstad's Failed Scorecard for Women: http://tylerolson.org/scorecard-women/

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