Politics
3:05 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Non-Citizen Voter Purge Debated at Public Hearing

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz hosted a hearing in Des Moines Thursday to discuss his proposal to remove voters from state registration lists if they can't prove citizenship.
Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz hosted a hearing in Des Moines Thursday to discuss his proposal to remove voters from state registration lists if they can't prove citizenship.
Credit Clare Roth / Iowa Public Radio

Citizens throughout Iowa gathered  by video-conference Thursday for a Des Moines-based public hearing to voice their opinion on Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s proposed voter purge rule. The proposal would allow the removal of voters from registration rolls if citizenship can’t be proven. The rule has drawn fire from civil rights and immigrants’-rights groups who say it would intimidate new citizens from voting.