(Des Moines) The Secretary of State is defending his effort to weed out voter fraud even though the number of cases is relatively small.
There have been charges in 16 cases. Five ended in guilty pleas and another five were dismissed. No case has yet to go to trial. The initiative by Secretary of State Matt Shultz began 18 months ago and has so far cost about $150,000. Shultz says the results prove that voter fraud exists in Iowa. There are others though, who contend that most of the cases are a result of misunderstanding as opposed to an effort to cheat the system. Shultz has signed a two year contract with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation at a cost of nearly $300,000.
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