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DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced he is running for re-election at the Polk County Republican Convention on Saturday

In a news release, Pate said he followed through on several of his campaign promises during his time in office, one of those promises was instituting voter ID in the state of Iowa.

The two democrats running against Pate, Deidre DeJear and Jim Mowrer said they disagree with Pate on several issues, including voter ID.

“That addresses an issue that is nearly non-existent, which is voter impersonation. And when you look at the way it was done, Mr. Pate in presenting this legislation refused to accept other acceptable forms of identification like hunting licenses, like fishing licenses, like concealed weapons permits. And when you look at what the intent is behind it, it’s a very narrow piece of legislation that’s intended to make it difficult for certain groups of voters to vote,” Mowrer said.

DeJear said voter ID has already been an issue at polling places

“Polk county just had its first election under the new voter ID rule. Our secretary of state office did not provide our auditors with adequate materials in order to train poll workers and as a result poll workers were confused, press was confused, people voting were confused and as a result people were turned away from the voter process, ” DeJear said.

DeJear said one of her goals, if she were to be elected, is to increase voter turnout, even for smaller elections.

“When we look at the most medial amount of turn out that we get in our school races and our city council races, we can do a better job of getting people involved in the process,” DeJear said.

Mowrer said one of his goals, if he is elected, is to update the business licensing system.

“They’re way out of date. When you look at the other 49 states in this country who have instant online filing, Iowa’s way behind. We need to improve those,” Mowrer said.

Primary election date is June 5 and the general election is November 6.

DES MOINES, Iowa — By law on December 1 medical marijuana must be available for the public to use, but the next step in the process is to decide where Iowan’s will be able to get it.

“The law requires us to make licensing decision by April 1st, so we will be working quickly to get that done in the next several weeks” said Sarah Reisetter, Deputy Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Thursday was the deadline for prospective companies to apply to become one of the state’s dispensaries.  With only five licenses available, and 21 applicants, the Iowa Department of Public Health says the selection process will be strict.

“We put out a request for proposals and in that we asked them to describe a number of things for us, for example, how will they operate their dispensary? how will they train their staff? what will their security procedures look like?” said Reisetter.

The Department of Public Health says though they can issue five licenses, they don’t have to; meaning if only three applicants meet their requirements there will only be three dispensaries in the state.

“Once the license is awarded then the responsibility will be on the dispensary to make sure they’re up and running and provide product by December 1 of this year” said Reistter.

By law the Iowa Department of Public Health can’t release who the potential dispensaries are, but do say where most of them have applied.

“One thing that we have noticed is that the applications came in for our larger population centers throughout the state which is something that we would have anticipated” said Reisetter.

As for who will be creating the product, that sole distinction goes to MedPharm Iowa, a Des Moines-based company stated by the president and CEO of Kemin Industries.