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It seems that in the 2016 Presidential election, more “dirt” can be dug up on both candidates than we would ever have though possible. Regardless of whether you support Trump or Clinton (or neither, for that matter) there are some rules when it comes to polling locations, some differing from one state to another. Of course there are some things, such as voting twice, that could leave you facing criminal charges regardless of what state you’re in.

Recently in the news, a 55-year-old Iowa woman was charged with a Class D felony after she allegedly voted twice in the general election. Des Moines resident Terri Lynn Rote was charged with first-degree election misconduct, and released after posting a $5,000 bond. Rote alleges that the polls are “rigged,” and said she was concerned that her first ballot would be changed to a vote for Clinton. Rote is obviously a Trump supporter. No doubt Rote isn’t the only person in the U.S. who has attempted to vote more than once, given the contentious nature of the election.

According to an article at The Washington Post, a poll has revealed that 43% of Republicans feel that some have voted using the names of registered voters who have passed away, while more than a third think vote totals are being manipulated by election officials. A full 60% of Republicans believe that illegal immigrants are voting, however political scientists have debunked these claims circulated by the Trump campaign in recent days. In the end, will the result of the election be legitimate? It’s difficult to tell given the fact that more than half of Democrats and a reported 84% of Republicans suspect voter fraud.

In 2012, Paul Seewald, who at the time was a congressional aide and district director for ex-U.S. Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, was charged with nine counts of falsely signing nominating petitions after he and other members of the congressman’s campaign were accused of trying to get McCotter’s name on the ballot in his reelection efforts by submitting bogus petition information.

The nine counts were misdemeanors, however Seewald was also charged with a single count of conspiring to commit a legal act in an illegal manner, which is a felony. Seewald was the subject of a criminal investigation after it was alleged that he signed a petition as a circulator, although court documents reveal the petition was not circulated.

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