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Linn County Auditor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2017
Linn County Auditor Refers Double Voting Suspects to Local and Federal Authorities
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – July 7, 2017 – Yesterday (July 6, 2017), Linn County Auditor Joel D. Miller, issued a letter to the Linn County Attorney’s Office and the FBI requesting that they follow-up on five (5) cases of suspected double-voting in the November 2016 election. Miller defines double-voting as one voter casting two ballots in two separate voting jurisdictions for the same election day. Double-voting could be a felony under Iowa and/or Federal laws.
The Auditor’s Office became aware of the suspected double-voting as a result of an annual cross-state match of voting records between Iowa and other states. These records were received from the Iowa Secretary of State about one week ago and the compare and verification process took a few days to complete.
Auditor Miller said, “I pointed out to the various officials that time is of the essence in following up on my referrals due to an upcoming August 1st election, as well as, other elections in September and November. If these voters did break the law, then they should not have the opportunity to vote in any future elections.”
Three of the suspects cast ballots in Iowa and Arkansas; one suspect cast ballots in Iowa and Nebraska; and one suspect cast ballots in Iowa and South Carolina. Three of the suspects are women and two are men. Three of the suspects currently own real estate in Linn County. The youngest suspect is 41 and the oldest is 66.