Eastern Iowa auditor’s election worker payments investigated

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FILE: Iowa Auditor Rob Sand explains results of an audit his agency conducted of the Iowa Medicaid Home Health Services program during a news conference at the Iowa Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Standing behind him are Deputy Auditor Annette Campbell, left, and Senior Auditor Melissa Finestead. Sand criticized the Iowa Department of Human Services for providing data he claimed was so flawed he couldn’t test it. (AP Photo/David Pitt)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand has announced his office has launched an investigation into an eastern county auditor’s payments to election workers.

Sand’s office said in a news release Thursday that it will examine potential overpayments to election workers that were approved by former Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz.

Sand said the payments could amount to a misuse of Help America Vote Act funds made available through the Iowa Secretary of State Office, which is also helping with the investigation.

Moritz, who resigned last month, had previously told the Quad-City Times that she made a mistake and though she had the authority to increase poll workers’ pay from $10 to $12 an hour to $15 an hour.

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