MUSCATINE, Iowa — A Muscatine man has been charged with two counts of election misconduct and fraudulent practices.
According to court documents, Ricky McCoy, 49, whose address was last reported as 2114 Schley Ave., submitted his voter registration form and voted at the Muscatine High School East Campus polling site during the Nov. 6 election, even though he’s a felon — having been convicted in Illinois in 2011 — and had not yet had his voting rights restored.
Election misconduct is a class D felony, which carries a prison term of up to five years and a fine from $750-$7,500. The fraudulent practice charge is an aggravated misdemeanor, which carries a prison term of up to two years and a mandatory fine from $500-$5,000.
Leslie Soule, Auditor and Commissioner of Elections for Muscatine County, said McCoy’s name was found in a statewide database that searches for felons who attempt to register to vote.
She said this was the only case she’s turned over to the Muscatine County Attorney’s office and the chances of finding another felon who voted in Muscatine is “very slim.”
McCoy was released from the Muscatine County Jail on his own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28.