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INTERVIEW: Candidate for Iowa Secretary of State Joel Miller Wants More Voting Access

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Siouxland Public Media/Sheila Brummer
Democratic Candidate for Iowa Secretary of State Joel Miller

A county auditor who was sued by the Trump campaign wants to be in charge of elections in the state of Iowa. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports on the main mission of candidate Joel Miller.


The Democratic Candidate for Iowa Secretary of State says he running for office to help make it easier for people to vote. Joel Miller visited Sioux City on Tuesday and serves as the Linn County Auditor that covers the city of Cedar Rapids.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a law in 2021, making Iowa one of the states with the shortest mail-in voting time frames in the country.

Miller is critical of Republican Secretary Paul Pate, who he says has done nothing to refute unsupported claims that the 2020 election was stolen from then-President Donald Trump.

“When you lose, admit your loss, move on. And if you don't like the result, then run again in two years or four years, whatever the case may be, but don't go out there and undermine the whole process just for personal gain. And that's what I see happening now.”

Miller, along with two other auditors, including Woodbury County’s Pat Gill, was sued by the Trump campaign for sending pre-filled absentee ballot request forms. A judge ruled in favor of Trump’s campaign.

Tuesday was the first day Iowans can submit a request for an absentee ballot. County auditors can start mailing them out on October 19th. Officials encourage voters to get their requests in early.

Miller made his comments to Siouxland Public Media prior to attending a luncheon hosted by Siouxland Progressive Women.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.