The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation filed election misconduct charges Thursday against three Council Bluffs residents, alleging they registered to vote without U.S. citizenship and voted in at least one election.
It is a felony in Iowa for noncitizens to vote.
Albert Harte-Maxwell, 52; Linda Harte-Maxwell, 49; and Maria Ayon-Fernandez, 40, were charged in the case. The Harte-Maxwells have Canadian citizenship and Ayon-Fernandez is from Mexico.
Court documents allege Albert Harte-Maxwell registered to vote in Pottawattamie County, swearing that he was a U.S. citizen and knowing it was false.
Court documents say DCI agent Chad Fiedler interviewed Harte-Maxwell on Sept. 7 and he said he registered but thought he was prohibited from voting only in presidential elections. He admitted to voting in the November 2010 election for governor and the 2011 city elections.
Linda Harte-Maxwell, also a Canadian citizen, told Fiedler a similar story, according to documents. She voted in the 2011 city elections.
Ayon-Fernandez, who was born in Mexico but lived in California most of her life, was interviewed on Aug. 17 and told DCI Agent Daniel Dawson she registered to vote in California but switched it to Iowa when she moved to Council Bluffs.
She said she voted in previous elections but couldn't recall which ones. He concluded she voted in the November 2010 election...
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