Iowa Secretary of State election, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014
Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General
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- 1 Candidates
- 2 Results
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 Debates
- 5 Past elections
- 6 Key deadlines
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Former Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (R), who previously served as secretary of state from 1995 to 1999, won election to a four-year term.
Pate faced Brad Anderson (D), Jake Porter (L) and New Independent Party candidate Spencer Highland. The past three elections detailed in the past elections linked here show narrowing margins of victory, setting up a close election on November 4. Learn more about where the candidates stood on the issues by jumping to the campaign themes section and debates section.
This seat was targeted during the general election by SOS for Democracy and SOS for SOS, outside groups who were lobbying for liberal and conservative secretary of state candidates, respectively.
Iowa is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is closed, but voters are allowed to change their political party affiliation on election day.
Paul Pate - Former Secretary of State 
Brad Anderson - Political consultant, former gubernatorial aide
Jake Porter - Member of the Libertarian National Committee and 2010 nominee
New Independent Party, Spencer Highland
Filed for other office
Matt Schultz - Incumbent
|Secretary of State of Iowa, 2014|
|New Independent Party||Spencer Highland||1.8%||19,852|
|Election Results via The New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.|
The following sections detail the policy positions offered by candidates for Iowa Secretary of State in 2014. Each section is a verbatim quote of material from candidate websites.
Note: All of the candidates had campaign websites except for Spencer Highland.
As Secretary of State, I will focus our time and resources to find new ways to encourage Iowans to vote; to ensure our right to vote is kept safe and secure; and to make it easier to compile and file information we need to start or maintain a business.
I believe we can do this by tapping the Internet and other digital tools, as well as fostering a sense of old-fashioned collaboration.
Iowa has a history of clean and fair elections, which we must work hard to maintain. Using technology and innovation we can find stronger, less expensive and less burdensome ways to protect against potential fraud. Our taxpayer dollars should be used to maintain the integrity of Iowa’s electoral process, not wasted on partisan actions that intimidate voters and suppress turnout.
We value civic participation, innovation and fairness, and Iowa’s reputation is on the line. Together, we can build on our strengths to ensure Iowa remains an innovative beacon with an electoral process that is a model for the nation.
I look forward to meeting with Iowans across the state and finding solutions to do more that cost less. 
—Brad Anderson's campaign website, (2014), 
With the secretary of state office becoming an open seat, Iowa needs a proven leader who will promote participation in the election process while ensuring safeguards to prevent voter fraud and serve the business community without political motives. Iowans do not want nor can they afford to have the office of chief elections commissioner for the state occupied by a partisan political operative from either party. I have served the people of Iowa as Secretary of State and hold the proven experience to be that nonpartisan leader we desire. 
—Paul Pate's campaign website, (2014), 
Jake Porter is the only candidate who has agreed to cut his salary in half if elected, is serious about restoring voting rights of those who have served their time, and is the only candidate who is independent of the two major political parties.
Fiscal Responsibility and A Transparent Office:
Improve The Voting Process:
Make It Easier To Do Business
—Jake Porter's campaign website, (2014), 
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.
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.
|Secretary of State of Iowa, 2010|
|Democratic||Michael Mauro Incumbent||47%||508,121|
|Secretary of State of Iowa, 2006|
|Republican||Mary Ann Hanusa||46.3%||467,561|
|Secretary of State of Iowa, 2002|
|Libertarian||Sylvia Sanders Olson||2.2%||21,434|
|March 14, 2014||Filing deadline (Major party candidates)|
|June 3, 2014||Primary election|
|August 15, 2014||Filing deadline (other candidates)|
|November 4, 2014||General election|
|December 1, 2014||State Canvass of general election votes deadline|
|January 1, 2015||Inauguration day for attorney general, secretary of state, auditor and treasurer|
|January 13, 2015||Inauguration day for governor and lieutenant governor|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Iowa + Secretary + State + Election"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Iowa Secretary of State
- Iowa state executive official elections, 2014
- State executive official elections, 2014
- SOS for Democracy, "Races to Watch," accessed October 23, 2014
- SOS for SOS, "Home," accessed October 23, 2014
- Iowa Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration FAQ," accessed January 3, 2014
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Candidate Listing by Office November 4, 2014 General Election," August 21, 2014
- Brad Anderson for Secretary of State Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 23, 2013
- Jake Porter for Secretary of State, "Homepage," accessed September 23, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Anderson for Iowa, "Issues," accessed October 21, 2014
- Pate for Iowa, "Vision," accessed October 21, 2014
- Committee to Elect Jake Porter, "Issues," accessed October 21, 2014
- The Des Moines Register, "Pate, Anderson differ on Voter ID in IPTV debate," October 3, 2014
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