The issue of voter fraud has been front and center this election with Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump calling the current presidential election system “rigged” in favor of Hillary Clinton and urging his supporters to keep an eye out for voter fraud at their local polling locations. Well, the first voter fraud arrest of this election has been made and it’s probably not what Trump expected.
Last week, 55-year-old Terri Lynn Rote was arrested on charges of voter fraud. She is accused of purposefully and knowingly voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race twice.
She voted once at her standard early voting location and then traveled to another area to a satellite voting location and voted a second time.
Rote is not only a Trump voter, but is also an outspoken Trump supporter who has been featured in the media for her support for Trump in the past.
— Leigh Munsil (@leighmunsil) February 1, 2016
When asked why she attempted to commit voter fraud, Rote gave an interesting answer: “I don’t know what came over me. I wasn’t planning on doing it twice, it was spur of the moment…The polls are rigged.”
Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald said during an interview that this was the first case of documented voter fraud in the district in a twelve year period. “I think it shows that our voting system works in Iowa, that we’re able to catch it,” Fitzgerald said.
“Tensions are running high on both sides” as Election Day approaches, the auditor said, but the cases of double voting could also have been simple mistakes. “That’s not for me to decide,” he said.
Two other cases of suspected voter fraud have also been reported in the same area of Iowa. However, no charges have been filed in those cases.
Several other arrests in various voter fraud cases have also taken place in other states. However, it remains unclear whether those were organized efforts or just individuals breaking the law. The party affiliation of those involved in other cases has yet to be determined.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) October 29, 2016
Here is a local video report on the case: