Thirty-six-year-old Chet Culver today formally announced he’ll seek a second term as Iowa’s Secretary of State. During a prepared speech this morning in Des Moines, Culver highlighted what he considered the successes in his first term. He says 100-thousand more Iowans voted in 2000 than in 1996, he says more Iowans also registered, and he says the website has allowed Iowans to visit his office 24-hours-a-day. Culver, who’s the son of former U-S Senator John Culver, is a democrat, and is the nation’s youngest Secretary of State. Culver has been pressing republican legislators for election reforms and other voting improvements. He says there are computers in his office that can’t interface with other computers, there are voting machines being held together with rubber bands and paper clips, and he says there are vague definitions of what constitutes a vote and how to conduct recounts.The Secretary of State is Iowa’s commissioner of elections and also manages some state-required business paperwork, like official documents of incorporation. Culver held news conferences in Des Moines and Sioux City this morning. He’ll stop in Mason City at one, Waterloo at 2:15, Davenport at 3:30 and Cedar Rapids at 4:30.
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