A controversial investigation into alleged voter fraud has concluded, the investigator leading the effort said Monday. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Adam DeCamp said Monday that the probe aimed at identifying and prosecuting fraudulent Iowa voters ended Feb. 13, roughly 20 months after it began. Since September, when DeCamp took over as the lead investigator, the effort has scrutinized 245 individual voters. Of those, more than 80 have been referred to county attorneys for possible prosecution. It will be up to prosecutors on whether to bring charges based on the evidence provided by the DCI.
Since the investigation began in July, 2012, five cases have resulted in guilty pleas. Fifteen are pending before courts across the state, DeCamp said.
A Des Moines Register investigation into the five guilty pleas last December revealed they generally involved voters who didn’t intentionally violate state election laws.
The end of the investigation means no further voters will be reviewed and no additional cases will be referred for prosecution. But with scores of cases still potentially facing adjudication, much remains unresolved in the ballot security effort initiated by Republican Secretary of State Matt Schultz.