Scott County poll workers found three cases of attempted voter fraud as they prevented illegal ballots from being cast in the presidential election, auditor Roxanna Moritz reported Wednesday.
The Scott County Board of Supervisors voted to accept the election results at Wednesday’s canvass, making them official. The attempted voter fraud cases will be turned over to the the Scott County Attorney’s Office for investigation.
The Nov. 6 election drew 90,503 ballots, compared with 59,459 ballots cast in Scott County in the 1972 presidential election and 86,745 in the 2008 election. No results or outcomes changed at the canvass.
Rock Island County will canvass election results on Nov. 26.
The attempted fraud included two cases where absentee mail-in ballots were cast, then the voters attempted to vote at satellite polling places a few days later. In the third case, the voter cast an early ballot at a satellite polling place, then attempted to vote absentee at the nursing home where the voter lived, Moritz said.
Of the three cases, two involved elderly voters.
“One, we have legitimate concerns about,” Moritz said.
“For that many ballots to be cast, that is pretty good.”
In the three cases, the voters’ first ballots cast were counted, Moritz said. Intent must be proved in voter fraud and in the case of elderly voters, forgetfulness may be involved rather than deliberately trying to cast multiple votes, she said.
During the 2008 presidential election, the auditor’s office discovered one case of attempted voter fraud, she said.
Scott County voters cast 43,882 votes through absentee or early voting, and poll workers handled 2,362 same-day registrations, Moritz told supervisors.
The polling site at St. Ambrose University received the most complaints about voters having to wait in line to vote, Moritz said, with one- to two-hour waits. She blamed that on 139 same-day registrations at the site. The auditor’s office timed the same-day registration process at seven minutes per voter.
Supervisors Bill Cusack and Carol Earnhardt both praised their election experience, as did Supervisor Larry Minard, who worked as a poll watcher.