Iowa Arrests Voter Fraud Suspect

Cops say Republican voted twice
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2016 7:38 AM CDT
Iowa Arrests Voter Fraud Suspect
An elections clerk cuts from a strip of "I Voted" stickers at a polling place .   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

A rare voter fraud suspect has been arrested in Iowa, though Donald Trump is unlikely to accuse her of trying to rig the election: Terri Lynn Rote, who was arrested Thursday on suspicion of voting twice, is a registered Republican, the Des Moines Register reports. Police say the 55-year-old cast two early voting ballots in Polk County, which includes Des Moines. Two other people suspected of voting twice were reported to authorities, but have yet to be arrested. County auditor Jamie Fitzgerald says these are the first cases of alleged voter fraud that he can remember in 12 years.

"I think it shows that our voting system works in Iowa, that we're able to catch it," Fitzgerald tells the Register, adding that although tensions are running high before the election, there is still a chance that the double votes could have been mistakes. The Blaze reports that Rote was an early Trump supporter who told a reporter in early February that she was planning to caucus for him in Des Moines. Early voting began in Iowa on Sept. 29. (Rudy Giuliani says "dead people generally vote for Democrats.")

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