DES MOINES, Iowa — Donald Trump has warned his supporters to be on the lookout for widespread voter fraud. Turns out they don’t have to look too far.
An outspoken Trump supporter in Iowa has been arrested for attempting to vote twice for Trump in a rare case of actual voter fraud.
According to the Des Moines Register, 55-year-old Terri Lynn Rote, a registered Republican, cast an early voting ballot at one location and then attempted to cast a second vote at a satellite voting station.
Apparently she took Trump’s warnings that the polls are rigged a bit too seriously.
“I wasn’t planning on doing it twice, it was spur of the moment,” Rote told Iowa Public Radio. “The polls are rigged.”
She was charged with felony election misconduct and released on $5,000 bond.
Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald says he has reported two other voter fraud cases to police this election, but they are the first he has encountered in 12 years on the job. The other two cases people sending in mail-in ballots and then attempting to vote in person.
Meanwhile, two people in Florida and another in Virginia were charged with voter fraud. None of the cases involved the casting of any votes.
In Florida, one person was charged with filling out bogus registration forms as part of a voter drive by a medical marijuana group. Another woman was accused of tampering with absentee ballots at the Miami-Dade Elections Department by filling in votes on ballots where the vote for a mayoral race was left blank. In Virginia, a man was charged with submitting bogus registrations as part of a voter drive.