Absentee/Early Voting Ballots Available in Auditor's Office

DAVENPORT - Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz announced today that absentee/early voting ballots for the Davenport City Primary Election are available at the Auditor's Office beginning on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

Voting in the Auditor's Office will be between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The Auditor's Office is located in the fifth floor of Scott County Administrative Building, 600 West 4th Street in Davenport.

Mail in ballots can be requested in writing from the Auditor's Office.  Official Absentee Ballot Request forms are available on the Auditor's page of the Scott County website (http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/auditor/early-voting).  These forms must be printed and mailed back to the Auditor's Office for processing.  Forms can also be requested by calling the Auditor's Office at 326-8631.

Mail-in ballots must be received in the Auditor's Office by 8:00 p.m. on election day or be post marked on or before October 5, 2015 for counting after election day.  Pursuant to Iowa law ballots which are received after election day without the post mark of October 5, 2015 or earlier cannot be counted.  Mail-in ballots can also be hand delivered to the Auditor's Office prior to 8:00 p.m. on election day.

The primary election will reduce the number of candidates for office to two per office for the regular city election on November 3, 2015.  Currently there are four candidates for Mayor, five candidates for two Alderman-at Large seats, three candidates for Second Ward Alderman, three candidates for Fourth Ward Alderman and three candidates for Fifth Ward Alderman.


For more information contact the Scott County Auditor's Office at 563-326-8631.

Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz announced today that a recount of the votes cast in November 5th race for Mayor of Blue Grass will occur on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Scott County Administrative Center. Challenger Timothy Brandenburg requested the recount after losing to incumbent Mayor Brinson Kinzer by one vote. Kinzer received 169 votes, Brandenburg received 168 votes and there were 16 scattered write-in votes. Earlier today the Scott County Board of Supervisors voted to authorize a recount.

The recount will be conducted by a panel of three appointees, one member appointed by each candidate and a third member appointed by agreement of the candidate appointees. Greg Boll of Davenport will represent Brandenburg, Pat Zamora of Davenport will represent Kinzer, and Donald Frericks of Blue Grass will be the third member. Ballots will be both hand counted and counted by electronic ballot tabulators. The recount is open to the public.

DAVENPORT- Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz is reminding those interested in voting in the upcoming school elections that they should check their voter registration cards to ensure they go to the correct voting location.   "Some polling locations are different for school elections than they are for general elections," Moritz said.  "The best way for voters to ensure they go to the correct location is to check their voter registration cards.  Each card lists the polling place for general elections and school elections, and city elections for residents of cities."

September 10th will mark the first school election since statewide redistricting in 2012.  Due to redistricting many voters were placed in new precincts with new voting locations.  Also, school district boundaries cross over other political boundaries and create pockets of voters who have to vote in locations other than their general election precincts.  "Parts of Davenport fall into the Bettendorf or North Scott School Districts and voters in those areas vote in different locations than they would in general or city elections," Moritz said.  "There are other areas where this occurs, such as the Pleasant Valley School District which elects school board members based on director districts rather than at large.  The Pleasant Valley School Board redrew their director districts this year which is yet another complicating factor," Moritz said.

What if a voter does not have a registration card?  "Voters who do not have their registration cards in their possession can call our office to find their voting location and we will also mail out a new card to those voters," Moritz said.

There will be three positions up for election for the Bettendorf School Board, the Davenport School Board and the North Scott School Board.  The Pleasant Valley School Board will have positions for director districts one, two, three, six and seven on the ballot.  The Eastern Iowa Community College District will have positions for director districts one, two, six and eight on the ballots in Scott County. 

The Bettendorf School District ballot will include a public measure to approve the physical plant and equipment property tax levy.  The Davenport School District ballot will include a public measure to update the District's revenue purpose statement for use of the District's portion of the state sales tax dedicated to schools. 

For more information contact the Scott County Auditor's Office at 563-326-8631.

DAVENPORT - Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz is reminding those interested in voting in the upcoming school elections that the deadline to pre-register to vote is Friday, August 30, 2013. Those interested can register at the Scott County Auditor's Office or at a driver's license station. The Auditor's Office will be open until 5:00 p.m. on August 30th to accommodate voter registration. Mail-in registrations post marked on or before August 26, 2031 will also be accepted for pre-registration. The school election will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

After Friday, those interested in voting, but who are not pre-registered, may register to vote at the polls on Election Day or at the Auditor's Office and vote an absentee ballot prior to Election Day. Those registering in this manner are required to provide proof of their identity through a picture identity card, such as a valid driver's license, and proof of their residency if the identity card does not list a current address. Details for Election Day registration are available on the Auditor's webpage, http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/auditor/.

There will be three positions up for election for the Bettendorf School Board, the Davenport School Board and the North Scott School Board. The Pleasant Valley School Board will have positions for director districts one, two, three, six and seven on the ballot.

The Eastern Iowa Community College District will have positions for director districts one, two, six and eight on the ballots in Scott County.

The Bettendorf School District ballot will include a public measure to approve the physical plant and equipment property tax levy. The Davenport School District ballot will include a public measure to update the District's revenue purpose statement for use of the District's portion of the state sales tax dedicated to schools.

For more information contact the Scott County Auditor's Office at 563-326-8631.

Secretary of State Develops New Program; Dixon Special Election Will Be First To Use Iowa Express Voter;Program Allows for Scanning Iowa Driver's License or Voter Registration Card.DAVENPORT - Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz announced today that voters in Tuesday's City of Dixon special election will have the option to scan their state issued IDs to help check in at the polling place. This is part of Iowa Express Voter, a new electronic poll book program developed by the Iowa Secretary of State. Precinct election officials presiding over the upcoming City of Dixon Special Election will be the first in Iowa to use this new program. "We are pleased that Scott County will be the first to use Iowa Voter Express in a live election environment," Moritz said. "My staff and staff from Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz's office have worked together to fine tune this new program. It has been a good example of intergovernmental cooperation, and will result in a good product that is easy to use," Moritz said.Iowa Express Voter includes an option for scanning a voter's state issued identity card, either a driver's license or non-driver's identity card issued by the Iowa DOT or a voter registration card issued by the Auditor's Office. The scanner will read information on the ID card and then put that information into the electronic poll book rather than having election officials hand enter the information. Scanning IDs is only an option and not required to process voters."We are very excited to try out the new scanning function," Moritz said. "We always have a trade-off between election security and voter convenience, and scanners should help to increase the speed of processing individual voters," Moritz said. "But our election officials are ready to hand enter the voter information too," she said.The program was designed to be user friendly for election officials, which increases the speed and accuracy of processing individual voters, making the voting process more convenient. "The reviews from precinct officials who recently trained on the new system have been very positive," Moritz added.ROXANNA MORITZAUDITOR & COMMISSIONER OF ELECTIONS600 W. 4TH StreetDavenport, Iowa 52801Ph: (563) 326-8631 Fax: (563) 326-8601Cell: (563) 370-3915www.scottcountyiowa.comThree Scott County precinct officials recently trained on Iowa Express Voter and all three gave it a positive review."The new system is easy to use and very user friendly," said Mike Salter, one of three precinct officials who recently trained on the new program. "I really like the new ID scanner function which will greatly speed up voter processing," Salter added.Jeanita McNulty also thought highly of Iowa Express Voter. "This program is more streamlined and intuitive. The poll workers I serve with will love it," she said."I could get a little frustrated with our old program," said election official Bev Strayhall. "This program lets me fix mistakes more easily so we should be able to continue to process voters.I think it will be a real plus for voters and poll workers."Another plus for Scott County taxpayers is the cost of the new program. "Secretary Schultz will make the program available to counties for free," Moritz said.For more information contact the Scott County Auditor's Office at 563-326-8631

Current Version Would Restrict Voting Options of Some Senior Voters; Increase Costs to Scott County

DAVENPORT - During a meeting with area legislators today, Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz asked the law makers to take a hard look at a Photo ID bill now under consideration in the Iowa House of Representatives. One provision in the bill would require that residents of assisted living centers receive absentee ballots delivered in person via bipartisan healthcare teams. Voters receiving these ballots would have to vote immediately and return their ballots to the teams. Current law requires this type of voting for residents of nursing homes and hospital patients.

"There are 517 registered voters who are residents of assisted living centers in Scott County. Making these residents vote in this way is not fair to them and will increase election costs," said Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz.

"Current law requires nursing home patients to vote this way as a protection for their privacy and to ensure the security of their ballots," Moritz said. "Many years ago the legislature enacted this system after complaints that some patients felt coerced to vote a certain way. However, we have not received any complaints from assisted living residents that they have been coerced," she said.

Besides infringing on residents freedoms, this provision will increase election costs.

"Last year my office incurred $3,760 in costs for voting by 271 people at nursing homes and hospitals. If we added to that total the 316 residents of assisted living centers who voted absentee then we estimate those costs will increase to $8,480 as we will more than double the number of voters who will cast their ballots in  this method," Moritz said. "I doubt that the legislature will help us cover these costs," she added.

For more information contact the Scott County Auditor's Office at 563-326-8631.

Release date: November 2, 2012

Contact: Roxanna Moritz, Scott County Auditor & Commissioner of Elections
563-326-8631 office
563-370-3915 mobile

Satellite Voting Ends Saturday at Area Libraries

DAVENPORT - Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz announced that her office will be open for early voting on Saturday, November 3rd and Monday, November 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. She also announced that Saturday, November 3rd will be the last day of satellite voting at Scott County Libraries. Those sites will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

"We provide early voting opportunities for those who have decided on how they intend to vote," Auditor Roxanna Moritz said. "This helps relieve waiting in long lines for voters and stress on our poll workers on Election Day. In addition, it provides increased convenience to voters who may be hard pressed to vote on Election Day."

Voters appearing at the polls on Election Day can expect longer lines, especially between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and possibly after 7:00 p.m. This is because voter registration is at an all time high, and the two-sided ballot in this election includes many choices for voters.

"We have seen a lot of interest in this election, with voter registrations increasing to an all time high, with many phone calls and emails from voters," Moritz said. "We have also seen an increase in the number of voters who choose to cast their ballots early."

As of November 1st there are 127,839 registered voters in Scott County. This compares with 121,217 registered voters in November 2008. Also, as of November 1st there are 41,763 voters who have requested absentee ballots or voted early, versus 37,519 early voters on November 1, 2008.

Finally, Moritz reminds those with mail ballots that the deadline to mail their ballots is Monday, November 5th. Mail in ballots with a post mark of November 5th or earlier will be counted if they arrive before 12:00 noon on November 13th. Also, mail ballots can be hand delivered to the Auditor's Office before 9:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Voters with outstanding absentee ballots can vote at their polling place on Election Day by surrendering their absentee ballots at the polls. Also, voters who have lost their absentee ballots can vote at the polls if the Auditor's Office has not received their ballots by Election Day.

For more information contact the Scott County Auditor's Office at 563-326-8631.
Satellite voting begins for 2012 General Election

October 20, 2012

Roxanna Moritz, Scott County Auditor & Commissioner of Elections
563-326-8631 office
563-370-3915 mobile

Special Notice: Roxanna Moritz, Scott County Auditor will be available to the news media at the Fairmount Street Branch Library on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Scott County Auditor to Open
Four Satellite Voting Locations on Monday, October 22nd:

Vote in-person at Bettendorf Library,

Fairmount and Eastern Branch Libraries in Davenport and

Scott County Library in Eldridge.

DAVENPORT - Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz announced that starting Monday, October 22, 2012, in-person early voting will be available at several public library locations for the November 6, 2012 General Election. These locations will be open Monday through Saturday for the next two weeks. Times will vary depending on the hours of operation for each location. Each site will have all ballot styles available for Scott County voters.

"We provide early voting opportunities for those who have decided on how they intend to vote," Auditor Roxanna Moritz said. "This helps relieve waiting in long lines for voters and stress on our poll workers on Election Day. In addition, it provides increased convenience to voters who may be hard pressed to vote on Election Day."

"We selected the public libraries as voting sites due to their neutral, non-partisan standing in the eyes of most voters," Moritz added. "In the past we have seen significant numbers of voters utilize this opportunity to vote."

During the 2008 General Election 15,607 people voted early in-person at satellite locations in Scott County. An additional 4,027 voted early in-person at the Auditor's Office. Also, in 2008 16,792 people voted early by mail.

The specific sites include the Bettendorf Public Library, the Eastern Avenue Branch Library and the Fairmount Street Branch Libraries in Davenport and the Scott County Library in Eldridge.

For more information contact the Scott County Auditor's Office at 563-326-8631.

2012 SCOTT COUNTY EARLY VOTING SATELLITE LOCATIONS

SCOTT COUNTY AUDITOR SPONSORED SITES

Bettendorf Public Library
2950 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf
Monday, October 22nd - Saturday, November 3rd
Monday - Thursday, 12noon - 6pm
Friday and Saturday, 10am - 4pm
No Sundays
All Ballots Available

Davenport Eastern Avenue Branch Library
6000 Eastern Ave., Davenport
Monday, October 22nd - Saturday, November 3rd
Monday & Wednesday, 12:30pm - 6:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday, 10am - 4pm
No Sundays
All Ballots Available

Davenport Fairmount Street Branch Library
3000 N. Fairmount St., Davenport
Monday, October 22nd - Saturday, November 3rd
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Tuesday & Thursday 12:30pm - 6:30pm
No Sundays
All Ballots Available

Scott County Library, Eldridge
600 N. 6th Av., Eldridge
Monday, October 22nd - Saturday, November 3rd
Monday - Thursday, 12noon - 6pm
Friday and Saturday, 10am - 4pm
No Sundays
All Ballots Available
Scott County Auditor Will Preserve Documents Requested by Iowa DCI

Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz has received notice from Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz that he will not release the names of possible foreign nationals who may have registered to vote in Scott County. Previously, Schultz had told Moritz that she would receive this list within the legal time frame for adjusting voter registration records. By law, voter registrations cannot be cancelled without the consent of the voter seventy days before an election. That deadline passed on August 28th.

"I had hoped to receive this list prior to the deadline," Moritz said. "Had he provided this list we could have begun our own investigation and possibly wrapped up this problem before the deadline. Now we have to make contingency plans on how to protect the integrity of our elections."

Schultz claims to have identified up to 3,582 possible foreign nationals who have registered to vote in Iowa since 2008. He made this discovery by comparing Iowa Department of Transportation files of foreign nationals who have Iowa drivers' licenses with the I-VOTERS database of registered Iowa voters. Schultz made this discovery in March of this year.

Schultz's announcement came in a letter addressed to Iowa County Auditors. In that letter Schultz states, "(I)t would not be appropriate for me to release any names until we have obtained access to the SAVE database and verified the names through that established procedure." "(W)e are still working with the federal government on the terms of our agreement for using SAVE," Schultz stated.

SAVE stands for Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements, an electronic database maintained by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, which is a branch of the Department of Homeland Security. Schultz plans to use the database to eliminate foreign nationals who have obtained citizenship status and therefore have the right to vote.

Moritz and other county auditors first learned of this issue on August 8, 2012 when DCI Agent Dan Dawson was introduced during a statewide meeting of county auditors and election staff. Dawson has been assigned to the Secretary's Office to assist in investigating voter fraud. He informed auditors of the discovery, and estimated that there could be up to 180 possible cases in Scott County. He asked county auditors for their assistance in aiding his investigation. On August 28, 2012 Moritz received a letter from the DCI requesting assistance in securing voting documents for all voters from the 2010 general election. Generally such documents are destroyed 22 months after the election.

"We have the requested documents in a locked facility and under camera," said Moritz. "As soon as we learned of this potential problem we made sure to have these documents in a secure place. Of course we would like to launch our own investigation even if the Secretary's Office did not act, and I received approval from our Board of Supervisors to hire a former election deputy on a temporary basis. Unfortunately, without access to these names we cannot act."
Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz will inform Supervisors about the status-to-date of the recent allegations of possible voter fraud made by Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz. She has requested that Secretary Schultz release the names of up to 180 individuals from Scott County who are under state investigation so that her staff can begin the process of locally investigating the named individuals and retrieving voting records out of storage. As of Monday afternoon the Auditor's Office had not received any records from the Secretary's Office.

Moritz will also review the efforts of her office for maintaining accurate voting records and registration lists. She will highlight the balance between ensuring the right to vote and guaranteeing only those eligible to vote have access to the ballot.

Following her report to the Board of Supervisors she will be available for questions from the news media in the lobby of the Scott County Administrative Center.

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