Rigged System? Iowa Trump Voter Busted For Voting Twice

Trump Supporter Busted For Voting Twice ‘Because Polls Are Rigged’ (VIDEO)

We’ve all heard ad nauseum Donald Trump’s blarting about polls being rigged and voter fraud and yammeryammeryammer. So, apparently, has Terri Rote, a 55-year-old Trump supporter. And she decided to do something about it.

This Trump supporter learned a painful lesson…

…by allegedly voting twice. She’s been arrested on first-degree I misconduct charges after casting two ballots in the election.

So what spurred the Des Moines, Iowa resident to do this? Clearly taken in by Donald Trump’s rhetoric, she was worried that her ballot would wind up being counted as a vote for Hillary Clinton.

“I wasn’t planning on doing it twice, it was spur of the moment,” she told Iowa Public Radio. “The polls are rigged.”
I’m sure she’s probably re-thinking her hasty(?) decision right about now. Allegedly, Rote and two other people tried to vote more than once in Polk County. The other cases involved people who used mail-in ballots and then also tried to vote in person. Which doesn’t seem very spur of the moment, actually…

These cases are “the first time in 12 years that Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald can remember ever having to report potential voter fraud, the Des Moines Register reports.

“I think it shows that our voting system works in Iowa, that we’re able to catch it,” he told the Register. The reported instances could be honest mistakes, but “that’s not for me to decide.”

A history of racism and support for trump

You see, according to the Iowa Starting Line, Rote has posted a number of racist comments on her Facebook page. For example, when rote posted the video, below (of a woman with some serious anger issues no doubt – but, hardly representative of her entire ethnicity) on Facebook, her caption was:

“Another black starting trouble.”

And posting a story from the right wing website Gateway Pundit, she made an ironic comment that suggested these enormously successful, wealthy men at the top of their game are “stupid” for making a “black power” salute. The subtext, to me, seems clear. “They”, meaning African Americans, are stupid by nature. Of course, “they” are not the ones who think the solidarity salute means scary “black power” every time black people do it, but not when any other ethnicity of people do it – or that there’s something wrong with black solidarity as opposed to any other kind of solidarity, or who poison their minds reading the Gateway Pundit site, or who were stupid enough to think they could engage in voter fraud and get away with it. That was the special kind of stupid reserved for Rote, and her friends, and people who think like her.

She also stumped for her man earlier this year:

And she’s also demonstrated her love of Hillary Clinton as well

Rote was booked Thursday on a first-degree charge of election misconduct, Polk County Jail records show, according to The Washington Post. Under Iowa state law, the charge is a Class D felony. She was released Friday after posting a $5,000 bond.

She faces a preliminary hearing on Nov. 7.

The Register notes Rote, a registered Republican, cast an early-voting ballot at the Polk County Election Office and then cast another at a county satellite voting location, police records report. No arrests were made in the other two cases.

Rote told the Post she’s been a Trump supporter since early on, after Republican candidate Mike Huckabee dropped out.

Related: Anatomy of a Trump Supporter

As Iowa’s most populous county, Polk County has 430,640 residents and includes the state capital, Des Moines. Early voting in Polk County commenced on Sept. 29.

Perhaps Trump’s continual complaining to his supporters that the election is “rigged,” and his claims that dead people are voting, and that Democrats are trying to swipe the election is what spurred Rote to get herself in trouble. Trump has also encouraged his minions to stalk voters at the polls and in communities of color.

Hopefully, none of Trump’s supporters will try Rote’s brilliant move. Otherwise they may wind up spending time in jail re-thinking their actions as well, and with a hefty bail bill, fines, and a felony record.
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Photo courtesy of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
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Megan was born and raised in Ventura, California. She has since lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Mexico, and Costa Rica. While she has always been a liberal, her travels have informed her politics. She has worked for more than 25 years as a professional journalist writing about crime, the police, local politics, feature stories, environmental issues and a variety of other topics. She now writes for Reverb Press.

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