Suspected voter fraud was found in Iowa this past week, reports the Des Moines Register, when a woman and vocal Donald Trump supporter was arrested on suspicion of voting twice. Terri Rote, 55, says she did it because the polls are rigged, reports the National Post. Oh, the irony.
The Urban Dictionary defines the word rigged as “a word used to describe situations where unfair advantages are given to one side of a conflict.” Voting twice for one candidate in a presidential election would be consistent with that definition.
Donald Trump is a presidential candidate that has been using the word “rigged” quite frequently during a lengthy and contentious election cycle. The word “rigged” from Donald Trump seems to coincide around the same time he dips in the polls.
He says “rigged” so frequently, Salon Magazine describes him as a “GOP nominee who has turned whining into political performance art.” A brief search of Donald Trump’s Twitter timeline looking for the keyword “rigged” yields scores of results to confirm Trump’s frequent usage of the word “rigged.”
Terri Rote appears to agree with Donald Trump that the polls are rigged. And then, she allegedly voted for him twice.
Well … And the first Iowa voter fraud case in 2016 is......a Trump supporter, Terry Lynn Rote, 55. https://t.co/2Y8Tkr4CqM— LK McGill Wagner (@okielegacy) October 29, 2016
The arrest occurred on Thursday October 27, after Rote allegedly tried to vote twice. Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald told the Des Moines Register that it is the first time in 12 years that he had to report possible voter fraud. He also said the following.
“I think it shows that our voting system works in Iowa, that we’re able to catch it.”
Jamie Fitzgerald says the voting twice mistake could have been an honest mistake on Rote’s part, but added, “That’s not for me to decide.”
Polls in Iowa have Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a virtual dead heat, with the scales tipping ever so slightly to Donald Trump. The latest Quinnipac poll has Donald Trump ahead by 1.7 points in Iowa, and Project 538 gives Donald Trump a 50 percent chance of winning Iowa, which means Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has the same chance of winning Iowa. Trump is struggling to keep Iowa, however, as the Washington Post notes that in September, Trump had almost a 13-point lead in Iowa.
As the Inquisitr reported yesterday, Iowa is only one of the few swing states currently leaning Donald Trump in the polls. He has a very tough time with the swing states, and, according to the Nate Silver blog, he must win every one to win the election.
Polk County is home to approximately 430,640 residents, reports the National Post, and is also home to Iowa’s state capital. Early voting has been in place since September 29.
Polk County Iowa Announces Early Voting Sites https://t.co/RZzNCdGCNa— WHO Radio (@WHORadio) September 26, 2016
Terri Rote, a registered Republican, is being accused of voting twice, reports the Des Moines Register. She is also a long-time Trump supporter.
Her first vote was reportedly at an early voting station at the Polk County Election Office. Her second vote attempt was reportedly at a county satellite location.
When discussing her case on Iowa Public Radio, she says she had not planned on voting twice and says it was a spur-of-the-moment thing, according to the National Post. She was walking by the satellite voting location and just decided to vote, again. She also reportedly told Iowa Radio that she thinks the polls are rigged.
Terri Rote was arrested on Thursday on a first-degree charge of election misconduct, which is a Class D felony in Iowa, reports the National Post. She was released Friday on a $5,000 bond. She will have her preliminary hearing on the case on November 7, the day before the election.
Both presidential candidates were in Iowa this past weekend, as Terri Rote was being released for alleged voter fraud, reports the Washington Post. Hillary Clinton was at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, and Donald Trump was campaigning in Cedar Rapids.
[Featured Image by Polk County Sheriff’s Office]