Linn County Auditor Told to Follow New Voter ID Law Despite Judge Order

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two county auditors say Iowa election officials were told to follow the state’s new voter identification law despite a judge’s order temporarily halting several provisions.

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller and Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald say Ken Kline, deputy commissioner of elections at the Secretary of State’s Office, told a gathering of the Iowa County Auditor Association on Thursday they didn’t need to follow a temporary injunction issued Wednesday by Polk County Judge Karen Romano.

A spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office said state officials weren’t aware at the time of the meeting that the injunction was already in effect. Secretary of State Paul Pate plans to appeal the decision to the Iowa Supreme Court.

An Iowa Attorney General’s Office spokesman says the injunction must be followed.