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Absentee ballots can lead to fraud, man accused of voting for family

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LINN COUNTY (KWWL) - In 2012, a voter showed up to the polls in Bremer County. Election workers discovered that person had already cast an absentee ballot in Linn County.

"We have an instance that has become public that proves that something is wrong in that area," said Joel Miller, Linn County Auditor.  "Something that I think a lot of us suspected could be happening all along."

According to Linn County court documents, Clarence Ellis requested and voted absentee for both his son and daughter. Auditors say it can be hard to stop that.

"Our whole system is based upon trust," said Miller. "Trust that people won't do that -- won't vote for other people.

We stopped by Ellis' home. He and his wife were both there and told us they have no comment. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

Meanwhile, many auditor's offices are currently sending out voter registration cards. The cards cannot be forwarded, which can help clear up where voters are living.

"People who are no longer getting the mail those cards come back to us and then we inactivate them, which means that if they show up to the polls on election day or show up at our office here, they have to show an ID and prove to us who they are," said Miller.

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