Brad Anderson (Iowa)

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Brad Anderson
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Former candidate for
Iowa Secretary of State
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
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Brad Anderson was a Democratic candidate for Iowa Secretary of State in the 2014 elections.[1] Brad Anderson (Iowa) lost the general election on November 4, 2014.



See also: Iowa secretary of state election, 2014

Anderson ran for election to the office of Iowa Secretary of State. Anderson was unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the June 3 primary. He faced Paul Pate (R), Jake Porter (L) and Spencer Highland (New Independent Party) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]


Secretary of State of Iowa, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Pate 48.5% 529,275
     Democratic Brad Anderson 46.6% 509,202
     Libertarian Jake Porter 3% 32,889
     New Independent Party Spencer Highland 1.8% 19,945
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 769
Total Votes 1,092,080
Election Results via Iowa Secretary of State.


October 3 debate

Paul Pate and Brad Anderson discussed their views on voter ID and administration of absentee ballots during a debate for the public affairs program Iowa Press. Pate argued on behalf of a voter ID requirement, citing high bipartisan support in polls and the need to protect the integrity of elections. Anderson argued that a new voter ID law was unnecessary as state law already allows election inspectors to ask for identification if they suspect fraud.[3]

Pate and Anderson also revealed differences over the use of third-party groups to deliver absentee ballots to poll locations. This practice, used to increase voter turnout by both parties, was criticized by Pate because of the potential for ballot manipulation by political operatives. He also pointed to the ease of returning an absentee ballot by mail. Anderson countered that third-party groups ensure timely delivery of absentee ballots as elections near and protect the rights of voters with disabilities.[3]

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