What about the Snowbirds?

The voter fraud dragnet tossed out by Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz has ensnared three possible non-citizen illegal voter types, collared in Council Bluffs by the Division of Criminal Investigation.

The nefarious ring includes a Mexican citizen and two apparently befuddled Canadians.

Schultz and the DCI are checking out registered voters whose names also appear on a list of non-citizens who obtained Iowa driver's licenses. These are the first charges stemming from that effort. Three feathers in the secretary's cap.

But desmoinesdem over at Bleeding Heartland thinks the dragnet has some questionable holes:

Iowa has a lot of snowbirds. Are DCI agents in Pottawattamie County and elsewhere investigating wealthy people who have winter homes in other states, to make sure they have never cast absentee ballots in Iowa while voting on election day in, say, Florida or Arizona?

 ...If Iowa snowbirds are not being investigated for possible election fraud, on what grounds are they above suspicion? Anecdotally, I have heard of such double voting, although I've never heard Schultz express any concern about that kind of voter fraud.

Good point. Maybe it's about time we put some of those snowbirds on ice, see if they'll sing.



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