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Gov. Aide Must Be Deposed In Voting Case

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) -- A judge is ordering an aide to Gov. Terry Branstad to be made available for a deposition before the trial of an ex-felon charged with illegally voting.

Judge Mary Ann Brown says defendant Kelli Jo Griffin has the right to depose governor's office assistant Rebecca Elming before trial, which was delayed Thursday until March 19.

The ruling comes after Elming skipped a deposition by Griffin's attorney last week, on the advice of the Iowa Attorney General's Office.

Griffin is accused of lying on a voter registration form when she attested that she was not an ineligible felon. Prosecutors say Branstad hadn't restored Griffin's voting rights after a 2008 drug conviction.

Elming is expected to testify about the governor's power to restore voting rights and how the office keeps those records.

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