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New Iowa State Auditor Asked to Investigate Iowa Secretary of State

DES MOINES (CBS 2/FOX 28) - The ink was barely drive on new Iowa State Auditor Mary Mosiman's papers when she was asked to probe voter turnout investigations by Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz.

State Senator Thomas Courtney says Schultz has been mis-using federal funds in what Courtney calls "his high-profile voter purge campaign."

Courtney says Schultz has been using Help America Vote Act funds, or HAVA, to pay for his search for voters who may be unlawfully registered in Iowa.

Schultz has run a high profile campaign to get those voters, many of whom my be illegal residents of the state, taken off voter rolls. The Secretary of State has had limited success - several incidents have led to legal penalties, several others have been thrown out.

The Burlington Democrat says Schultz has been using the funds unlawfully because he says federal law requires the funds be used only "for educating voters concerning voting procedures, voting rights and voting technology."

Courtney wants Mosiman, who was appointed Iowa State Auditor Monday on the resignation of David Vaudt.

Ironically, Mosiman comes to the position after serving as Deputy Secretary of State under Schultz.

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