Two women charged with election fraud in Muscatine County

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Two people face criminal charges for allegedly registering and voting without valid U.S. citizenship.

Muscatine County Alan Ostergren filed allegations of first-degree election misconduct against Mayra Alejandra Lopez Morales and Sylvia Rada, both of Muscatine, Iowa. The felony charges were filed December 4, 2013.

Both women are accused of registering to vote and of voting in the 2012 general election while being non-citizens.

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s office referred the cases to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.  That organization then sent the cases to Ostergren for prosecution.

First-degree election misconduct in Iowa is a class D felony.

Lopez Morales and Rada were each scheduled to appear next in Muscatine County Court on December 17.


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