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Linn County Auditor suspects five cases of double-voting

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Linn County Auditor Joel D. Miller Linn County Auditor Joel D. Miller

Linn County Auditor Joel D. Miller says he's referred five cases of suspected double-voting in last November's election to the Linn County Attorney's Office and the FBI.

Miller says the county's Auditor's Office has found evidence of individual voters casting two ballots in separate voting jurisdictions -- all on the same election day. The "double-voting" could be a felony under both Iowa and Federal laws. Miller and his office spotted the possible cases of double-voting after cross-state matches of voting records emerged this week.

According to Miller, three suspects allegedly cast ballots in both Iowa and Arkansas, while another suspect is accused of voting in both Iowa and Nebraska, and a fifth person is suspected of casting ballots in both Iowa and South Carolina. Three of the suspects are women, while two are men -- ranging in age from 41 to 66 years old. Miller says three of the suspects own real estate in Linn County. 

In a statement, 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 1 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.”

Previously, Auditor Miller told KWWL in April he opposed certain provisions and possible pitfalls to a proposed Voter ID bill which was being considered by lawmakers during this year's legislative session. A form of that bill -- which aims to cut down on potential voting fraud -- has now become law in Iowa.

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