Secretary of State
Des Moines, IA 50319
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DCI Voter Fraud Investigation Finds 117 Illegal Votes Cast, 17 Cases Still Being Investigated
Des Moines – Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz released a report today regarding the findings of investigations into voter fraud by the Iowa Department of Public Safety's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
"I asked DCI to review these cases to make sure no votes by eligible Iowans were being cancelled out by illegal voters. Unfortunately, DCI did find that at least 117 illegal votes have been cast and another 17 cases are still being investigated," Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz said. "While the majority of Iowans are honest and trustworthy, there are some people not following the law and rather than turn a blind eye to this issue, we need to confront it. Every vote is precious and Iowans expect nothing less than fair and honest elections."
So far, DCI has found that 117 illegal votes have been cast and 17 cases are still currently being investigated out of 238 investigations done by DCI. County attorneys have brought charges against 27 of the individuals. Six individuals were found guilty, one individual was found not guilty, four cases were dismissed, one individual received deferred prosecution and 15 cases are still in the court system.
In addition to those 238 investigations, referrals have been or will be made in another 100 cases of possible double voting, 74 cases in which non-citizens registered to vote but did not cast a ballot, and 682 possible election day registration irregularities.