Donald Trump and the Republican party love to piss and moan about the possibility of voter fraud at the polls, but on Thursday, a woman was caught trying to commit voter fraud in Des Moines, Iowa – and she is a Republican!

55-year-old Terri Lynn Rote was arrested on Thursday on a first-degree election misconduct charge – a Class D felony.

Rote claimed that she voted twice because “the polls are rigged” – seriously.

Republican Rote reportedly cast two early voting ballots at two different voting locations and was immediately turned over to police on suspicion of voter fraud by Polk County’s auditor office.

Rote was one of three that the auditor turned over to police. The auditor, Jamie Fitzgerald said that that Rote’s actions are an extremely rare occurrence. In fact, it is the first time in 12 years that Fitzgerald recalls having to report potential voter fraud.

Rote was booked and held in jail on a low $5,000 bond, but she was released on Friday and awaits her next court appearance on November 7.


Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at