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Branstad Aide Skips Deposition In Iowa Voter Fraud Case

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KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) - The lawyer for an ex-felon charged with illegally voting says an aide to Gov. Terry Branstad shouldn't be allowed to testify as a prosecution witness after she refused to be deposed.

Curtis Dial, the attorney for Kelli Jo Griffin, says Branstad aide Rebecca Elming refused to be deposed in person or by phone last week on advice of the Iowa Attorney General's Office. He says Elming should be excluded from the perjury trial of Griffin, scheduled for Thursday.

AG's office spokesman Geoff Greenwood says it's working with Lee County Attorney Michael Short to resolve the dispute.

Short says Elming should be allowed to testify through affidavit rather than live. Elming's affidavit says she conducted a "diligent search" of clemency records and found none showing Griffin's right to vote was restored.

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