Terri Lyn Rote will be sentenced July 15
Terri Lyn Rote bought into campaign rhetoric and committed electoral fraud to ensure her preferred candidate emerged victorious in the 2016 presidential election. She was willing and strived to Make America Great Again … and again.
The Iowa woman pled guilty to trying to vote twice for President Trump in 2016 — having told police she bought the candidate’s election-rigging claims and thought her first ballot would be flipped to a Hillary Clinton vote.
Rote admitted voting twice during an interview with Iowa Public Radio after her arrest. She feared that her first ballot for President-elect Donald Trump would be changed to a vote for Hillary Clinton.
“The polls are rigged,” she told an IPR journalist.
A judge accepted Terri Lynn Rote’s guilty plea to election misconduct June 27 and scheduled her sentencing for Aug. 15, the Associated Press reported this week. Prosecutors, in turn, agreed to drop her perjury charge.
Authorities in October charged the registered Des Moines Republican, 57, with the felony charge after she tried voting a second time at a Polk County election satellite office, October 31 during Iowa’s early-voting period.
Though the crime carries up to five years behind bars, lawyers reportedly recommended the Trump-voting fraudster’s prison sentence be deferred or suspended in lieu of probation, community service and a fine.
Rote’s court-appointed attorney initially argued her client’s “significant mental deficits” and “cognitive limitations” might render her unfit to stand trial, the Des Moines Register reported in January.
A judge ruled in May that she was competent to stand trial, according to the AP.
President Donald Trump and Kansas Secretary of state, Kris Kobach, the man he has tapped to head the electoral commission mandated to check electoral fraud
Trump wouldn’t have needed the ballot-fudging in the Hawkeye State, anyway: He carried it 51.8% to Clinton’s 4.
Despite Rote’s example and a small handful of others in the 2016 election, multiple independent studies have shown that voter fraud is exceedingly rare.
That didn’t stop candidate Trump from repeatedly insisting the election would be “rigged” against him, declaring in the weeks before Nov. 8 that he would accept the outcome “if I win.”
And though the President captured the electoral college in November convincingly, he proceeded to bellyache on Twitter that 3 to 5 million fraudulent votes cost him the popular vote. He has yet to supply any evidence.
Trump’s recently launched voter fraud commission — headed up by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, sent a letter to all 50 states last week requesting “publicly available” voter information. by the Kobach led commission
The overture by the Kobach led Commission has created a firestorm as nearly all the states turned back the request, and not in a polite tone.
President Donald Trump addressing a rally on June 21, 2017 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa consisting of his core supporters
The state-level data requested included voters’ full names, addresses, birthdays, political party affiliations, voter history since 2006, felony convictions and the last four digits of social security numbers.
But by Wednesday, reports indicated 44 states and the District of Columbia, had either fully or partially pushed back on providing such detailed and sensitive voter data.
Commission head Kobach denounced the reports as “fake news,” claiming instead, that 20 states had indicated a willingness to comply.
Ironically, Kobach himself has announced that Kansas would not comply due to existing state laws