Woman who voted for Trump twice pleads guilty to election fraud

Late last month, an Iowa woman pled guilty to electoral misconduct after being accused of illegally casting two votes for Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

The Des Moines Register reports that 56-year-old Terri Lynn Rote allegedly cast a ballot during early voting in Polk County and then tried to cast a second vote at another location, prompting her arrest. Rote claimed that she voted twice because she was worried her vote for then-candidate Donald Trump would illegally be changed to favor his opponent Hillary Clinton.

In her statement to police, Rote said she believed Trump’s claims that there would be massive election “rigging.”

Her attorney argued that her “mental deficits” should have kept her from standing trial.

Terri Lynn Rote (Polk County Jail)

During the presidential debates in October, Trump suggested that the election would be rigged, saying that he would possibly reject the results if he lost. “I will look at it at the time,” Trump said after being asked if he’d accept the election results. “I’m not looking at anything now. I’ll look at it at the time.”

At a campaign rally in Ohio days after the debate, Trump continued to suggest that he may view the election results as illegitimate if they didn’t go in his favor.

“I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters, and to all of the people of the United States, that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election — if I win,” Trump said.

Rote’s attorneys are hoping to get her two years probation with community service. She could possibly be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison.

Featured image via Polk County Jail

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