Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is moving ahead with his plan to verify the residency status of all Iowa voters.
Schultz wants to check the names of Iowa registered voters against a federal residency database, Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE).
The Republican is facing a lawsuit over the effort and wasn’t able to use the program before last fall’s elections.
On Wednesday, Schultz announced the federal government is granting him access to the database he needs to check Iowa voter names.
He says this is a step in the right direction, “While there are still many logistics to work out in this process that may take some time, I want to thank the Federal government for finally granting my office access to the federal SAVE program,” Schultz said i9n a press release.
“Ensuring election integrity without voter suppression has been our goal throughout this process. This is a step in the right direction for all Iowans that care about integrity in the election process.”
The ACLU is suing Schultz, claiming the program is “concerning” and will disenfranchise minority voters.
They also say the database Schultz plans to use isn’t up to date or comprehensive.
They add the federal government advices against using the database to verify voter residency.
In a Senate probe in December 2012, Shultz said 6 people had been arrested for voter fraud in the three months prior. 1.6 million Iowans voted over that period.