The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 4, 2014

Perjury trial to begin for ex-Iowa felon who voted

Associated Press

KEOKUK — A woman charged with improperly voting as a felon is expected to stand trial in what could be the first case stemming from Iowa's voter fraud investigation to be decided by jurors.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Keokuk for the perjury trial of Kelli Jo Griffin.

Prosecutors say the Montrose woman signed a form falsely claiming that she was not an ineligible felon when she voted in a Nov. 5 municipal election. Prosecutors say she had lost her right to vote in 2008 when she was convicted of a felony drug charge.

Griffin has pleaded not guilty. The 40-year-old is among 26 people charged with election-related crimes under a two-year investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.