Iowa Secretary of State warns of misleading Ted Cruz mailers

    The Iowa Secretary of State's office is warning of misleading mailers.

    DES MOINES, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28)The Iowa Secretary of State's Office, which overseas elections in Iowa, is calling a mailer from the Ted Cruz campaign "misleading".

    Secretary of State Paul Pate says the mailers are designed to look like official documents that accuse people of a voting violation for failure to turn out in the caucuses.

    Pate says there's no such thing as an "election violation related to the frequency of voting" and says the mailers are "not in keeping in the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses".

    CBS 2 News reached to to the Ted Cruz campaign for comment, but did not receive a response.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized the Cruz campaign mailers.

    Trump claimed at a rally in Council Bluffs that Cruz is under investigation over a "voting violation" notice his campaign sent to caucus goers.

    Trump said, "You're not allowed to do it and they're investigating him now."

    "It is so dishonest. It is so dishonest," he adds.

    In a statement released Saturday, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate saidthe mailers misrepresent Iowa election law and adds, "Accusing citizens of Iowa of a 'voting violation' based on Iowa caucus participation, or lack thereof, is false representation of an official act."

    But Pate made no mention of an investigation.

    Cruz told reporters in Sioux City on Saturday that the mailing is "routine."

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