Secretary of State
Des Moines, IA 50319
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Chance McElhaney, (515) 725-2942
Charge Filed in Potential Case of Voter Fraud in Pottawattamie County
Des Moines – An election misconduct charge was filed today by Pottawattamie County Attorney Matthew D. Wilber in a potential case of voter fraud.
A charge of election misconduct in the 1st degree was filed against Margarita Abrego of Denison on December 20, 2013. Abrego is accused of registering to vote and voting in the December 4, 2012 special election regarding a bond issue for Iowa Western Community College while being a non-citizen.
"I want to thank County Attorney Wilber for taking election integrity seriously," Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz said. "Every vote cast by ineligible voters cancels out the legitimate vote of eligible Iowans. Each vote can make a big difference and Iowans expect nothing less than fair and honest elections."
The Iowa Secretary of State's office referred the potential voter fraud cases to Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to investigate. After the investigation, DCI then referred the potential voter fraud cases to Wilber for prosecution.