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      Jury acquits ex-felon in Iowa voter fraud case

      Kelli Jo Griffin, 40

      A jury has acquitted a former drug offender who voted despite having lost her right to cast a ballot, in a rare trial that highlights Iowa's harsh policies toward voting rights for ex-felons.

      Jurors rejected a perjury charge Thursday against Kelli Jo Griffin, who was accused of lying on a voter registration form before she cast a ballot in a municipal election in November. It was the first trial stemming from Iowa's two-year investigation into voter fraud.

      Griffin had lost her voting rights following a 2008 conviction. She testified that she believed that right was restored when she left probation last year, which had been the state's policy until 2011.

      The prosecutor argued that Griffin deliberately left blank a question asking whether she was a convicted felon.

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