A Polk County judge is ordering Secretary of State Matt Schultz to end his program for identifying potential illegal voters.
Before the 2012 presidential election, Schultz announced new rules to identify illegally registered voters in Iowa. A federal database was used to confirm the citizenship status of registered voters who may not have been eligible to vote.
The ACLU sued the Secretary of State’s Office claiming that the databases Schultz was relying on were not up to date and were never intended to be used for voter investigations.
Wednesday a Polk County judge agreed. He invalidated the new rules and ordered the Secretary of State’s office to pay all court costs for the challenges to the rules.
The Secretary of State’s Office says it is still reviewing the judge’s ruling. They won’t comment except to say that they will appeal the ruling.
The office has also been accused of improperly using federal money to pay for the investigations.
Secretary Schultz isn’t running for re-election but he is running for the 3rd district Congressional seat.