A woman in Iowa was arrested this week on suspicion of voting twice in the general election, court and police records show.
Terri Lynn Rote, 55, a resident of Des Moines, Iowa, was booked Thursday, Oct. 27 on a first-degree charge of election misconduct, according to Polk County Jail records. This charge is a Class D felony under Iowa state law.
Rote was released Friday, Oct. 28 after posting her $5,000 bond. The first hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7.
The Des Moines Register reports that Rote is registered as a Republican. One vote was cast on an early voting ballot at the Polk County Election Office, while the other was cast at a county satellite voting location, according to police records.
Iowa Public Radio reports that after she placed her first vote for Donald Trump, she feared it would be changed to a vote for Hillary Clinton.
“The polls are rigged,” Rote explained to the radio station.
She had a different response to The Washington Post.
“I don’t know what came over me,” Rote told The Washington Post in a phone interview Saturday, Oct. 29.
She said that she had not planned to vote twice, calling it “a spur-of-the-moment thing.”
Rote added that she has been a supporter of Trump since early in his campaign, and indeed an editor for The Blaze, Leigh Munsil, rehashed on Twitter that Terri Rote is the same woman who caucused for Trump at the beginning of this year.
— Leigh Munsil (@leighmunsil) February 1, 2016
Besides Rote, last week the Polk County Auditor’s Office reported to police that two other people were suspected of voter fraud, according to the Des Moines Register. In those cases, the people reportedly mailed in ballots as well as voted in person at one of Iowa’s early voting locations. However, no arrests were made, the paper reported.
Those convicted of voter fraud can face up to five years in prison.
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