Republicans have time and time again claimed that voter ID laws are a necessity, often saying that Democrats are responsible. However, one Trump supporter in Iowa has shown us exactly when voter fraud actually occurs.
An Iowa woman and Donald Trump supporter was arrested on charges that she voted twice for the Republican presidential candidate. Not realizing the incredible irony, in an attempt to explain her behavior, she claimed that “the polls are rigged.”
Terri Rote, 55, was booked into the Polk County Jail on Thursday and charged with felony election misconduct. She allegedly cast two different early voting ballots for Donald Trump this week. There are also two other suspects that have been accused of both casting mail-in ballots and voting in person.
Allegations of widespread voter fraud, however, often prove greatly exaggerated. It is easy to grab headlines with a lurid claim (“Tens of thousands may be voting illegally!”); the follow-up – when any exists – is not usually deemed newsworthy. Yet on closer examination, many of the claims of voter fraud amount to a great deal of smoke without much fire. The allegations simply do not pan out.
Despite this, Donald Trump has made voter fraud a cornerstone of his presidential campaign. He consistently makes claims that the presidential election is ‘rigged’ and that voter fraud is widespread, despite evidence that it is not. As the Washington Post reports, a comprehensive study found that out of 1 billion ballots, only 31 credible cases of voter fraud were found. When it does occur, there are many safeguards in place to prevent it from having any real effect on an election.