After a petition for a satellite voting station at the Armstrong Community Center by the Romney campaign was rejected due to petition irregularities, a Romney campaign official delivered a valid petition to the Emmet County auditor Tuesday afternoon, more than a day before the deadline.
Auditor Mikki Erickson told the Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning that she had rejected the earlier petition containing 155 signatures which did not specify the voting station when people signed it. Erickson said she had contacted the Iowa Secretary of State's office which advised her to consult with Emmet County Attorney Doug Hansen. After Hansen pointed out that Iowa Code requires that the location be stipulated on the petition before it is signed, Erickson rejected it.
However, petition circulators had until 5 p.m. Thursday to resubmit the petition with a minimum of 100 signatures. Erickson said attorney Bobby McMillin, a coalition director with the Romney campaign, delivered a petition with 121 signatures, 118 of which proved to be valid, by 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Erickson said six of the signatures were from Armstrong.
Erickson said petition signers must be 18 and eligible electors, meaning they must be county residents who are old enough to vote and are not prohibited from voting due to a felony conviction.
Erickson said a date and time will be set for the satellite voting station which must be open for a minimum of six hours.