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Secretary Pate Urges North Iowans Not to Fall for Election Misinformation and Disinformation

 Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is urging Iowans not to fall victim to election misinformation and disinformation. Instead, voters should turn to trusted sources for election information, the people that run elections in Iowa, the Secretary of State and county auditors.


Secretary Pate updated the Myth vs. Fact section of his Election Security in Iowa webpage Friday morning with several more entries. A reported case of election disinformation happened in Iowa earlier this week. A voter in Mahaska County who had requested an absentee ballot reported receiving a call from an out-of-state number falsely telling him he could register his ballot over the phone and there is no need to return it to the county auditor’s office. The Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.

Last week, Secretary Pate and his bipartisan Auditors Advisory Group released a joint media release about their united effort to dispel election misinformation and disinformation.


For a detailed breakdown of many of the election security measures Iowa has in place, click here.

If you see or hear of something suspicious related to elections, call the Iowa Secretary of State at 1-888-SOS-VOTE.


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