MUSCATINE, Iowa — A Muscatine woman was found not guilty Dec. 15 to first-degree election misconduct, a class D felony. 

According to court documents, Sylvia Rada, 50, whose address was last reported as 911 1/2 E. Sixth St., submitted an absentee ballot in Muscatine County for the 2012 general election while not a U.S. citizen.

Rada waived a trial by jury and was found not guilty Dec. 15 by district court judge Thomas Reidel, who decided that the state did not meet the burden of proof to prove that in signing the ballot, Rada had read the statement on the ballot certifying that the voter is a U.S. citizen. 

— Sarah Tisinger of the Muscatine Journal

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