Almost a year later, isolated cases of voter fraud from the 2020 election are still generating headlines.
According to Fox News, the latest case involved a registered Republican by the name of Donald Kirk Hartle, of Las Vegas, who was charged by Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford (D) with two counts of voter fraud stemming from his actions during the 2020 election.
Hartle, 55, was accused of voting twice in the election, one of those votes being in the name of his deceased wife.
In Nevada, voting more than once is a felony, as is voting in the name of someone else, resulting in a world of legal trouble for Hartle, as he faces the potential of multiple prison terms and steep fines if found guilty of the charges.
Hartle had originally reported his deceased wife’s ballot as missing, only for authorities to later find out that he filled it out and returned the ballot himself. His wife, who had died in 2017, stayed on the voter rolls for unknown reasons.
Previous to the revelation that it was Hartle who actually returned his late wife’s ballot, shortly after the election, the Nevada GOP tweeted about the situation, using it as an example to encourage state legislators to reform the state’s voting and ballot-recording process.
Kirk was surprised to find that his late wife Rosemarie, a Republican, cast a ballot in this years election despite having passed away in 17’.
The media needs to understand we are finding concrete cases of voter irregularities that they must expose. pic.twitter.com/Nyq6R4RAu9
— Nevada GOP (@NVGOP) November 7, 2020
Hartle’s case marks one of the few that involve a registered Republican committing the offense of voter fraud, as most other accounts since the 2020 election has involved registered Democrats, or votes otherwise in favor of Democratic candidates.
The AG’s statement
AG Ford released a statement after the new revelations of Hartle’s case hit the headlines, affirming that such cases of voter fraud will “not be tolerated” in the state.
“Voter fraud is rare, but when it happens it undercuts trust in our election system and will not be tolerated by my office,” Ford said. “I want to stress that our office will pursue any credible allegations of voter fraud and will work to bring any offenders to justice.”
According to the Associated Press, Hartle’s attorney said his client “looks forward to responding to the allegations,” and he’ll get that chance at his first hearing in mid-November.
Politics aside, cases like these simply prove that in virtually every state, there’s much room for improvement with regard to voter and ballot procedures, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to increase the number of voters utilizing mail-in ballots.