Donald Trump’s prophecy about in-person voter fraud at polling places has come true. An Iowa woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of voting twice in the general election.
And she is a Trump supporter.
Terri Lynn Rote, 55, a registered Republican, allegedly submitted ballots at two different voting locations in Polk County, Iowa, and was booked on a first-degree election misconduct charge, which is a Class D felony, The Des Moines Register reports.
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“I wasn’t planning on doing it twice. It was a spur of the moment,” Rote told Iowa Public Radio. “The polls are rigged.” She told police she feared her first vote for Trump would be changed to a vote for Hillary Clinton.
Rote is one of three suspected of voter fraud in the area and reported to police by the Polk County Auditor’s Office. The others in question have not been arrested but were accused of casting mail-in ballots and also voting in person.
Rote was released from jail Friday after posting a $5,000 bond. Her court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 7 — just in time for Election Day. If she is convicted, she can face up to five years in prison.
Trump’s repeated call for his supporters to be on the lookout for voter fraud at the polls on Nov. 8 has given rise to concern of illegal voter intimidation, so much so that leading civil rights group are urging international election monitors to beef up their security efforts.