Trump supporter charged with election misconduct

Photo: Polk County Jail

DES MOINES, IA (WCMH) — An Iowa woman was arrested last week for voting twice in the election.

Terri Lynn Rote, a 55-year-old Donald Trump supporter, was booked in the Polk County Jail on Thursday. She faces a first-degree charge of election misconduct, which is a Class D felony in Iowa.

Rote said her decision to vote twice was a “spur of the moment thing.” She said she didn’t plan on voting twice, but after she cast her early-voting ballot at the Polk County Election Office she walked by a satellite location and decided to cast another ballot.

“I don’t know what came over me,” Rote told The Washington Post.

In a separate interview with Iowa Public Radio, she said she feared her first ballot would be changed to a vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump.

“The polls are rigged,” she said.

Rote was released from jail on Friday with a $5,000 bond. If she is convicted she could spend up to five years in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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