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April 11, 2014

Van Wyk's Jasper County voter registration canceled

Newton — Following a hearing Thursday afternoon, Jasper County Auditor Dennis Parrott has canceled the voter registration of former Republican House District 28 Candidate Jon Michael Van Wyk. 

Parrott sent the following message to Van Wyk: 

"Mr. John Van Wyk,

A person’s declaration of residency for voter registration and voting purposes is presumed to be valid unless a preponderance of evidence indicates that another location should be considered the person’s voting residence under the provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 48A.

On the basis of the evidence submitted, I have found that on the date that you registered to vote, March 7, 2014 you did not meet Iowa Code requirements to be an eligible elector in Jasper County. Therefore I am canceling your voter registration in Jasper County in accordance with Iowa Code Section 48A."

Van Wyk sought to challenge Rep. Greg Heartsill, in the June 3 Republican primary election, to represent the party in the general election for Iowa House District 28. House District 28 includes most of Marion County, and parts of Jasper County, including Sully. 

On his voter registration form, as well as his affidavit of candidacy, Van Wyk claimed a residence, located on his family's winery property in Sully, as his home. However, he told the Journal-Express and other media outlets that he was still living in Clive when this paperwork was filed on March 7. He merely had the intention of moving to Sully in time to meet state election requirements. 

Van Wyk's voter registration was challenged by two residents of the district, Roger Barr, Jr., and Gabriel Swersie. A hearing was scheduled for, and held, the afternoon of April 10, in Newton. 

Neither of Van Wyk's challengers were present for the hearing, though Barr filed evidence with the Jasper County Auditor's Office, via e-mail. Evidence included emails between Van Wyk and Newton Daily News Editor Bob Eischleman. Van Wyk was given the opportunity to speak on his own behalf. 

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