Several Donald Trump supporters have been arrested for committing voter fraud and other elections violations, according to several news reports.
In Iowa, a Des Moines woman was arrested for voting twice this month in the general election. It’s not clear if she was planning on voting again, police said.
Terri Lynn Rote, a registered Republican, is accused of submitting ballot at two different early voting stations, the Des Moines Register reports.
Rote was held in jail on a $5,000 bond, but she had been released as of Friday afternoon. Her next court appearance was scheduled for Nov. 7, court records show.
Rote told reporters that she was afraid her first ballot for Donald Trump would be changed to a vote for Hillary Clinton, so she decided to vote for Trump a second time.
“I wasn’t planning on doing it twice, it was spur of the moment,” she said. “The polls are rigged.”
Polls being “rigged” has become a common refrain in Trump’s campaign. As a result, his supporters are engaging in fraudulent conduct to ensure the election “is not stolen.”
Rote was one of several voter fraud suspects reported to police Wednesday by the Polk County Auditor’s Office.
Two other Trump supporters are accused of casting mail-in ballots and also voting in person, according to police reports.
It’s the first time in 12 years that Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald can remember ever having to report potential voter fraud, he said Thursday morning.
In Texas, a man was arrested for wearing a Trump hat and ‘deplorables’ shirt to vote.
Brett Bartlett Mauthe was stopped before he could cast his ballot. He was asked by poll workers to remove the Trump hat and turn his “deplorables” T-shirt inside out, he refused.
“He wanted to take a stand,” Bulverde Police Chief Gary Haecker told the Herald-Zeitung. “Unfortunately, he was arrested.”
According to the election code, not just in Texas but in all jurisdictions across the country, campaigning for or promoting a political candidate within a designated space around a polling place is prohibited. In Comal County, that’s 100 feet. The crime is electioneering, police said.