ON HOLD: Voter Fraud Investigations Halted

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Attempts to stop voter fraud in Iowa are on hold again.  The investigator is charge of weeding out illegal voters has been called to active military duty.

Secretary of State Matt Schultz launched the effort shortly after taking office. He is spending up to $280,000 over two years to have an agent with the Division of Criminal Investigations look into possible voter fraud. The plan has come under fire several times since being implemented.

However, now that the current agent has been called to active duty the Quad City Times reports election misconduct charges against three people in Council Bluffs have been dropped.

The call-up could impact the defendant’s right to a speedy trial.

Another agent is taking over and the charges could be re-filed.