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Prosecutor Says Ex-Felon Voted To Hide Troubled Past

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KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) A prosecutor in a rare trial over voter fraud says an ex-felon illegally cast a ballot in an Iowa municipal election to try to hide her past.

Lee County Attorney Michael Short said during a closing argument Thursday that Kelli Jo Griffin wanted people to think she's "a stay-at-home mom just doing her thing" when she voted in the Montrose election. He said she committed perjury when she left blank a question asking whether she was a convicted felon.

Griffin's attorney, Curt Dial, said it's ridiculous to think that voting in an election in the 878-population town would help his client's reputation. He said Griffin believed she had her voting rights restored after leaving probation on a drug conviction, which was the state's policy until 2011.

Jurors started deliberations Thursday.

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