The wife of an Iowa official has been charged with 52 counts of voter fraud in connection with a congressional race. The official, whose identity has not been released, is believed to have been involved in a scheme to falsify absentee ballot requests in the race.
According to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the official’s wife, identified as Jane Doe, is accused of falsely claiming to be the voter on 52 absentee ballot request forms. The forms were then submitted to the county auditor’s office, and the ballots were mailed to the address provided on the forms.
The investigation began after the county auditor’s office received a number of complaints from voters who had not requested absentee ballots but received them in the mail. The auditor’s office then contacted the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, which launched an investigation.
The official’s wife has been charged with 52 counts of election misconduct in the first degree, which is a Class D felony in Iowa. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
The alleged fraud was committed during a congressional race, which is a federal election and therefore falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI has also launched an investigation and is working in partnership with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
The official and his wife have not yet been publicly identified, and it is unclear if the official is facing any charges. The case is ongoing and more details are expected to be released as the investigation continues. Voter fraud is a serious crime and undermines the integrity of our democracy, and it is important to hold those involved accountable.