A President Donald Trump supporter has been charged with two felonies after illegally casting a ballot for candidate Trump in the name of his deceased mother in this year’s presidential election.
As Daily Boulder reported Monday, District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer announced at a news conference that Bruce Bartman admitted he was able to cast an absentee ballot for Trump in the name of his dead mother Elizabeth Bartman. He confessed to registering his dead mother to vote online and request an absentee ballot in her name, which he filled out and submitted.
Bartman faces two felony counts of perjury and one count of unlawful voting, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Bartman was also able to secure an absentee ballot in the name of his mother-in-law, who is also deceased, but did not cast a ballot in her name.
“For all the conspiracy theorists out there, this case today does not represent widespread voter fraud,” Stollsteimer said. “This case was evidence that one person committed voter fraud by casting an improper and illegal ballot,” Stollsteimer said.
Local investigators said they began investigating when rumors began circulating about a ballot being illegally cast on social media. A complaint was eventually filed to the Delaware County Board of Elections, the Inquirer reported, and a task force was able to find evidence of a possible crime.
“In the hundreds of calls we received and the hundreds of visits we made, we only found one instance of malfeasance, and that was Mr. Bartman,”said First Assistant District Attorney Tanner Rouse, the head of that task force. “And he will be prosecuted.”
Bartman was arraigned on Friday and is out on bail, according to the report.