Secretary of State hopeful wants to boost turnout

Dec 20, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democrat running for Iowa Secretary of State is launching a campaign effort that doesn't directly focus on his opponent.

Brad Anderson says Thursday that he wants Iowa to be first in the nation when it comes to voter turnout. He has a plan to surpass Minnesota, which led the states in turnout for the 2012 general election.

Anderson's suggestions include offering online voter registration and reducing the number of elections. He also says Iowa should stay away from laws that could restrict voting access, like requiring identification at the polls.

Secretary of State Matt Schultz supports so-called voter ID legislation, which has not passed in Iowa.

According to the U.S. Elections Project, just over 70 percent of eligible Iowa voters turned out for the 2012 general election.

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