IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - For two years, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz has been fighting to gain access to a federal database to help identify any noncitizens who might have voted illegally.
But for all the effort, an email released this month to The Associated Press shows the database wasn't needed to investigate voters' citizenship.
The agent leading Iowa's voter fraud investigation told Schultz's aides in August that he had a "more accurate" way of getting that information through Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Nonetheless, Schultz and state lawyers continue to fight a lawsuit that has blocked his office from using the Department of Homeland Security's so-called SAVE database.
A Schultz spokesman says the office might need the database in the future to remove noncitizens from the voter list.
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