Des Moines Woman Allegedly Votes Twice
- Author: Marjorie Miles Oct 30, 2016,
Oct 30, 2016, 2:30
Police arrested a Des Moines, Iowa woman yesterday for voter fraud.
Terri Lynn Rote, 55, of Des Moines, was charged with election misconduct Thursday afternoon after authorities said she tried to vote twice, according to the Des Moines Register. According to police, Rote voted once at the Polk County Election Office, and then case another ballot at a separate location later in the day.
Polls being "rigged" has become a common refrain in Trump's campaign, as the Republican nominee has repeatedly insisted that voter fraud is common.
Rote said she wasn't originally planning on voting twice and the decision was "spur of the moment".
She was released on a $5,000 bond, the Register reported Friday. She could face up to five years in prison if she is convicted, the Des Moines Register reported.
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Polk County Attorney John Sarcone says it one of the few examples he's seen of alleged voter fraud in his more than 25 years as a prosecutor. The Republican candidate's surrogates have amplified those allegations.
In any case, proven voter fraud is demonstrably rare. Both votes were for Donald Trump.
Last week, Eric Trump said on ABC's "This Week" that his father would accept election results, but only if it was a "fair" election. He backed up his statement with statistics that the Trump campaign has often used to allege "widespread voter fraud". Numerous outlets, including The Washington Post's Fact Checker, have debunked such claims.
Mr Trump has claimed the election is "rigged" against him, though there is no evidence of any widespread voter fraud in any recent U.S. election.
Ms Clinton has taken an early lead in the race, based on early voting, despite renewed focus on her use of a private email server.