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Election Modernization & Integrity Act signed into law

May 13

The Election Modernization and Integrity Act was signed into law by Governor Branstad on May 6. This fulfills my campaign promise to bring a voter ID law to Iowa. We instituted voter ID at the polls and on absentee ballots, removed the potential for human error & fraud, updated technology, and expanded access by allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primaries. The bill is designed to ensure no eligible voter will be turned away from the polls.

This bill makes it easy to vote, but hard to cheat.

 

Talking Election Security on “Iowa Press”: Making it easy to vote, but hard to cheat

Oct 24

Making it easy to vote, but hard to cheat

Like anything else we work very hard to do the best we can and there’s always going to be some bad guy who tries to take advantage of the system. That’s why we work so hard to protect it. We’re going to continue to do just that. Voting should be easy but it also should be hard to cheat. We have to balance the two out and we’re going to keep doing that.

I was a guest on this week’s edition of “Iowa Press” on Iowa Public Television, along with Linn County Auditor Joel Miller and Iowa State University political science professor David Andersen. The topic of discussion what election integrity, which is my number one priority.

“Like anything else we work very hard to do the best we can and there’s always going to be some bad guy who tries to take advantage of the system. That’s why we work so hard to protect it. We’re going to continue to do just that. Voting should be easy but it also should be hard to cheat. We have to balance the two out and we’re going to keep doing that.”

You can view the segment here.

OBAMA: MOST PEOPLE HAVE IDs, CAN GET TO POLLS

Oct 31

OBAMA: MOST PEOPLE HAVE IDs, CAN GET TO POLLS

PRESIDENT AT ODDS WITH HIS IOWA CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR ON VOTER ID

(Cedar Rapids) Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate is drawing attention to the contrast between President Barack Obama and his opponent, Brad Anderson who served as his re-election campaign director on the issue of a mandatory voter ID requirement.

In an interview this week with Al Sharpton, President Obama made comments differing sharply from that of his 2012 Iowa campaign director who is running for Secretary of State, Brad Anderson.

President Obama, “Most of these laws are not preventing the overwhelming majority of folks who don’t vote from voting. Most people do have an ID.  Most people do have a driver’s license.  Most people can get to the polls.  It may not be as convenient, it may be a little more difficult.” (Source: The Hill)

Brad Anderson says a voter ID requirement and checking voter registration to make sure illegal immigrants and convicted felons can’t vote are, to use his words, ‘offensive voter intimidation’.

We shouldn’t be surprised Anderson feels that way, after all, he’s a political operative whose ran campaigns for President Obama, John Edwards, Chet Culver, Democratic National Committee and Bruce Braley. His company has a long history of being a hired consultant for liberal democrat candidates and Iowans expect better from their non-partisan Secretary of State.

Pate, “Iowans favor a mandatory voter ID requirement to protect the integrity of our election process with 71% and 60% among registered Democrats. Now it seems even my opponent’s boss, President Obama disagrees with the rhetoric coming from Mr. Anderson and his partisan out of state supporters.”

A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002-2006. While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident born in Ottumwa and raised in Cedar Rapids.

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ANDERSON BOUGHT BY OUTSIDE INTERESTS – TWO THIRDS OF DONORS NOT FROM IOWA

Oct 28

ANDERSON BOUGHT BY OUTSIDE INTERESTS

TWO THIRDS OF DONORS NOT FROM IOWA

(Cedar Rapids, IA) Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate called attention to the dramatic disparity between where he and his opponent get their financial support.

“Mr. Anderson’s campaign is bought and paid for by liberal out of state interests who oppose a voter ID requirement. Of his contributors, 66% of them do not reside in the state of Iowa where voters overwhelmingly support a common sense voter ID requirement as I do,” Pate said.

In the latest financial disclosure period, the Anderson for Iowa committee reported 3,942 contributors with 2,587 of them having out of state addresses. Not included in that total is the $400,000 in negative attack ads on television paid for by the Democrat PAC iVote which is based in Washington, DC.

Pate, “The integrity of Iowa’s elections process should not be put at risk by out of state special interests. Over 95% of my campaign’s financial contributors are from Iowa voters and not from outside interests who want to control Iowa’s elections for partisan political reasons.”

A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 –2006. While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.

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PATE’S PLAN PROTECTS AND STRENGTHENS ELECTIONS

Oct 22

PATE’S PLAN PROTECTS AND STRENGTHENS ELECTIONS

(Cedar Rapids) Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate has released a statement on how his plan protects and strengthens Iowa’s elections.

“Protecting Iowans is a top priority.  As a former State Senator I led legislation to toughen penalties for stalking victims in Iowa.  I have first-hand experience as a former Senator, Mayor and Secretary of State working with our state legislature.  As Iowa’s next Secretary of State I will make it a priority to join the other 35 states in initiatives like the Safe at Home program to provide security and access to services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking or stalking,” said Pate.

Pate, “Just as Safe at Home offers participants an additional safeguard to their protection we must also protect the integrity of all Iowans’ votes with a Voter ID safeguard.   Both of these important safeguards need to be approached in a bi-partisan manner. I have proven experience to help secure passage and implementation of these initiatives.”

A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm in Marion and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 -2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.

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GOP OFFICIAL CLAIMS DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE VIOLATED CAMPAIGN AD LAW

Oct 21

James Q. Lynch – Quad City Times Bureau

CEDAR RAPIDS — A candidate for Iowa secretary of state is adding a disclaimer to his YouTube videos that is required on political advertising.

Democrat Brad Anderson’s campaign isn’t conceding his videos are ads, but a spokeswoman said that “out of an abundance of caution” attributions statements will be added to make clear the videos were paid for by his campaign.

Anderson, a partner in a political consulting firm and President Barack Obama’s 2012 Iowa campaign director, is adding the disclaimer after a complaint was filed against him by a Republican official. He is running against Republican Paul Pate, a Cedar Rapids business owner and former mayor who served as secretary of state from 1995-99.

When he noticed the lack of an attribution statement, David Chung of Cedar Rapids thought perhaps YouTube videos were breaking new ground and there were no clear rules on the need for a “paid for” disclaimer.

“But then I went and looked at campaign videos from my guys, if you will, and I noticed they all had (disclaimers),” he said.

“I am amazed that someone who is campaigning to oversee all elections in the state of Iowa is either ignorant of the law or believes that it does not apply to him,” Chung said in a complaint he filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.

Chung is not a disinterested party. He is a member of the Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee.

“It seems like a guy running to be Secretary of State, to run our elections, ought to know something about our elections laws and follow them,” Chung said.

Megan Tooker, executive director of the ethics board, agreed. She is of the opinion the videos do require an attribution statement because they contain “express advocacy” — they specifically encourage Iowans to vote for Anderson.

Iowa Code requires an attribution statement on “television, video and motion picture advertising” as well as other forms of advertising. The attribution statement must be displayed on the screen for at least four seconds.

The Anderson campaign disagrees. Campaign manager Lara Henderson called the state law “ambiguous” regarding free YouTube videos.

The campaign, however, will add the attributions statement to all of its YouTube videos and “continue to moving forward.”

She also pointed out several YouTube videos by the state GOP and the re-election campaign for Gov. Terry Branstad that do not include an attribution statement.

By administrative rule, Anderson may add the attribution statement to his videos and then either resend the corrected videos to the same audience they originally were sent to or run a correction notice in the Des Moines Register, Tooker said.

The ethics board also has issued an advisory opinion on the need for attribution statements on messages posted to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and similar sites, she said.

Republican Party of Iowa Co-Chairman Cody Hoefert said it’s not the first time the Anderson campaign has been “embroiled in legal controversy.” Shortly before Anderson announced his candidacy, one of his political staffers, Zach Edwards, pleaded guilty to stealing Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s identity in an attempt to falsely implicate him in criminal wrongdoing.

POLL: IOWANS WANT VOTER ID SUPPORTER PATE – VOTER ID CHAMPION BESTS OBAMA CAMPAIGN MANAGER

Oct 16

POLL: IOWANS WANT VOTER ID SUPPORTER PATE

VOTER ID CHAMPION BESTS OBAMA CAMPAIGN MANAGER

(Cedar Rapids, IA) Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate released a poll showing his message is resonating in the race to become Iowa’s next Secretary of State.

On Wednesday, USA Today/Suffolk released a poll showing Pate with a 1 point lead. Today, less than three weeks before Election Day, Pate released a poll conducted by Victory Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa showing Iowans support “a change to Iowa law to require some form of official identification to be shown at the ballot box before people vote” 60.17% – 28.64% with 11.19% Undecided. Additionally, the respondents to the new VE poll said that they prefer “former Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate who supports a new voter identification law to former Obama campaign director Brad Anderson who opposes a new voter identification law 45.17% – 34.8% with still 20.04% Undecided.

Pate, “This poll is further confirmation that my plan to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat is resonating with Iowans who overwhelmingly support a voter ID requirement as I do. Iowans expect and deserve a non-partisan chief commissioner of elections, not a career partisan political operative from Chicago who served as President Obama’s Iowa campaign director.  I have previously served as Iowa Secretary of State in a non-partisan manner while encouraging voter participation and protecting the integrity of the election process.”

The interactive voice response (IVR) poll conducted by Victory Enterprises was conducted Oct. 14-15 with 759 likely voters and has a margin of error of 3.56%.

A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 –2006. While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.

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PATE UNVEILS “PROTECT YOUR VOTE” AD – FIRST SOS CANDIDATE TO GO ON THE AIR

Oct 08

PATE UNVEILS “PROTECT YOUR VOTE” AD

FIRST SOS CANDIDATE TO GO ON THE AIR

(Cedar Rapids, IA) Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate has unveiled a new radio ad titled, “Protect Your Vote” in his bid to become Iowa’s next Secretary of State.

Female Announcer: Iowans know there are some things we just have to protect. Our families.  Our freedom.  Our jobs. Our Personal information. 

And, we need to protect our votes…so we can keep Iowa elections clean and fair for everyone.

That’s why so many Iowans are voting for Paul Pate as our next Secretary of State. Paul Pate has done the job before…and done it well.

That’s why many state leaders have encouraged him to go back to work in the Secretary of State’s office.

Pate knows first- hand what it takes to be Iowa’s Chief Elections Official ……AND, he’s the owner of a successful asphalt paving company…so he knows the business side of the Secretary of State’s office as well.”

Paul Pate: I’m Paul Pate…the only candidate for Secretary of State…with on the job experience…a record of serving you in public office…and a commitment to protecting your vote with mandatory voter ID.

Let’s make it easy to vote…but hard to cheat.  I would appreciate your vote on November 4th.”

A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 –2006. While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

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PATE NAMED “FRIEND OF IOWA BUSINESS” – ENDORSED BY IOWA ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

Oct 03

PATE NAMED “FRIEND OF IOWA BUSINESS”

ENDORSED BY IOWA ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate has been named a “Friend of Iowa Business” by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry in his bid to become Iowa’s next Secretary of State.

 “Paul Pate has demonstrated a commitment to improving Iowa’s business and regulatory climate so that employers can create more jobs and grow the economy,” ABI President Michael Ralston said. 

ABI is comprised of more than 1,400 companies that employ more than 300,000 Iowans. As “The Voice of Iowa Business Since 1903″, ABI works to enhance the Iowa business climate to foster growth and prosperity for all Iowans.  IIPAC evaluates candidates based on their support for a competitive business climate with a focus on creating Iowa jobs. Criteria used to make the designations include the candidates’ positions on issues based on questionnaire responses as well as interviews with members of IIPAC Board. The selections are made by the IIPAC board, which is made of 11 bipartisan ABI members from across Iowa.

Pate, “I’m proud to have the continued support of Iowa’s leading business association and proof positive that my business record and plan to improve the business services division of the Secretary of State’s office is what Iowa’s entrepreneurs need.”

A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 –2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.

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