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January 9, 2012

Appanoose County man’s claim Mitt Romney’s vote total is wrong is backed by GOP county chairman

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Edward L. True, of Moulton, claims in a signed and notarized affidavit Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's caucus vote total is wrong in Appanoose County.

True writes in his precinct of Washington and Wells township Mitt Romney was given credit by the state for 22 votes when he actually only received two.

According to the Iowa GOP web site, Romney received 22 votes from Washington and Wells precinct. Romney, unofficially pending certification, has been declared the winner, beating Rick Santorum by eight votes, in the 2012 Iowa caucus.

"I talked to Appanoose County officials and their numbers matched mine," True said by telephone Thursday night. "It's the state's numbers that don't match."

True said he was one of three people to count the ballots Tuesday night in his precinct and said with 100 percent certainty Romney's vote total is off by 20.

"I hope it's an honest mistake when it was typed in," True said.

True said the 20 vote difference changes the outcome of the Iowa caucus and believes it's something the people in New Hampshire and South Carolina should know about because their primaries are coming up.

According to Amanda Lewis, KCCI News Channel 8 anchor and reporter, Lyle Brinegar, Appanoose County chairman, backs True’s assertion that Romney only received two votes in that precinct, not 22 as the state is reporting. Brinegar says the county's paperwork is all in order so he expects the error will be corrected before the vote is certified, Lewis reports.

Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn issued this statement regarding the Appanoose County caucus results.

"Iowa GOP rules provide for a two-week certification process for each of the 1,774 precincts," Strawn said in an email sent late Thursday night. "The Iowa GOP will announce the final, certified results of the 2012 Iowa Caucus following this process. Out of respect to the candidates involved, party officials will not respond to every rumor, innuendo or allegation during the two week process. That said, Iowa GOP officials have been in contact with Appanoose County Republican officials tonight and do not have any reason to believe the final, certified results of Appanoose County will change the outcome of Tuesday's vote."