Voter Fraud Case from Casino Vote Under Investigation

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller talks to voters as they stand in line to cast their ballot in the Cedar Rapids casino vote at the Auditor's Office on Monday, March 4, 2013, in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/Gazette-KCRG)

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By Adam Carros

CEDAR RAPIDS -- The Linn County Auditor contacted law enforcement to investigate an alleged voter impersonation case that happened during Tuesday's casino election.

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller says an unidentified individual voted in person at a polling place Tuesday. That person signed into the voting register and cast a ballot. Later in the day, the actual voter showed up to find someone had already voted under her name.

That person was allowed to cast a provisional ballot that the board of elections will review. Miller did not name the precinct where this happened.

Miller said he reached out to the Linn County Sheriff's Office to investigate the case.

Secretary of State Matt Schultz says it is another reason to push for a voter ID law.

"Voter impersonation easily can be stopped with a common-sense voter ID law in Iowa," said Schultz. "I urge the Iowa Legislature to pass the voter ID bill I proposed this year, a concept that is supported by an overwhelming majority of Iowans.”

The case is limited to one person, so it would not affect the approval of the casino referendum.

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