Mistaken identity at the polls causes voter fraud woes

LINN COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG) - One man went to vote yesterday and found out he was already registered in another town where he had never lived.

Basically, it was a case of mistaken identity and a clerical error with the Linn County Auditor. It all came down to two people with the same name.

Richard Pratt went to vote in Cedar Rapids Tuesday. It's the same precinct where he has lived for more than 20 years. When the poll worker scanned his ID, it showed he was registered somewhere else, Mount Vernon. Pratt has never lived in Mount Vernon.

TV9 checked with the Secretary of State's Office who said a clerical error mixed him up with another Richard Pratt born a year earlier. Pratt said the situation is disconcerting to say the least.

"You're always concerned when they say you're supposed to be voting in another precinct," said Pratt. "It's like, did somebody capture my information? Did they somehow confuse me with somebody else? Has somebody stolen my identity? Am I the victim of voter fraud? All the scenarios go through your head and you just really don't know what to think."

Pratt still got to cast his ballot by filling out a change of address form, even though he never moved.

TV9 reached out to Linn County Auditor Joel Miller about this. He declined to go on camera and said it wasn't a big issue.