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Jury acquits ex-felon of voter fraud, say an 'honest mistake'

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IOWA CITY (AP) -

The foreman of a jury that acquitted a former Iowa drug offender of voter fraud says she made an honest mistake when she cast a ballot because she believed her voting rights were restored.

Mike Hickey of Keokuk said Friday jurors unanimously agreed that Kelli Jo Griffin didn't have criminal intent when she voted in the Nov. 5 municipal election in Montrose.

The jury took about 40 minutes to acquit Griffin of perjury in the first trial stemming from Iowa's two-year voter fraud investigation.

The 40-year-old mother of young children had faced a prison sentence if convicted.

Hickey says jurors believed Griffin's testimony that she thought she regained her rights when she was discharged from probation last year, which had been the policy at the time of her 2008 conviction.

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