DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) – Iowa’s Secretary of State releases a statement Monday on election integrity.
Iowa Secretary of State, Paul Pate, says, “I take the integrity of our elections very seriously. It is my number one priority. As the state’s Commissioner of Elections, I can assure you Iowa’s elections are not rigged. My pledge to every Iowan is that you will be able to cast your vote and your vote will count.”
“Iowa is one of the best states in the nation for both voter participation and voter integrity. Participation and integrity are not mutually exclusive. We work on a bipartisan basis every day with Republicans and Democrats, and all 99 county auditors, to maintain the integrity of the vote. I will do everything in my power to ensure Iowa’s elections remain clean and fair.”
Pate’s statement comes just hours after Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said, “The integrity of our political process is very important and a lot of people are very skeptical today because they see the bias of the national press, they see what they consider to be collusion between the Clinton machine.” During his weekly address Branstad went on to say, “I still have confidence that our election system which is basically controlled by the states and by the local people that they’re going to do their level best to see that we have a fair and honest election.”