IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz says his office plans to use a federal citizenship database to investigate whether more than 1,000 registered voters should be disqualified because they're not U.S. citizens.
The Republican said in a statement Thursday his office identified the voters and recently was promised access to a government database of naturalized U.S. citizens to check their status. The individuals could include those who are in the U.S. legally on green cards but do not have voting rights.
Schultz says rules adopted last month lay out the process that will be used to notify individuals affected and remove them from the rolls.
Schultz's statement was the first attempt to explain the rules, which were the challenged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday by civil rights groups.
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