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DES MOINES (AP) - A task force created to study errors in Iowa's database of ineligible felon voters is expected to disband without finding a permanent solution to the problem.

Secretary of State Matt Schultz formed the group after finding 12 cases in which mistakes in the list's 50,000 entries resulted in the rejection of ballots from eligible voters. Schultz said that the group would develop a "long-term solution to fix" the database's inaccuracies.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show it took until Aug. 29 for the group to hold its first and only meeting.

Former Secretary of State general counsel Charlie Smithson coordinated the group and defended its work. He says the meeting got government agencies talking to each other about the problem and led to incremental progress on short-term solutions.

By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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