Election Fraud Suspects Arrested in Pennsylvania for Casting Dead Voters' Ballots
Two women face charges over fraudulent mail-in ballots cast in 2020 election
Two suspects have been arrested in Pennsylvania on election fraud charges after they were allegedly caught filling out mail-in ballots with dead voters' details, according to reports.
The two women from Bucks County, PA, now face charges after authorities say they illegally filled out ballots that were cast in the 2020 presidential election.
District Attorney Matthew Weintraub's office revealed the suspects were caught when it emerged that mail-in ballots had been filled out with their deceased mothers’ names.
In Bucks County alone, detectives reportedly investigated 22 complaints of voter fraud and other election-related dilemmas during the 2020 cycle, according to The Morning Call.
The November election reportedly saw “record turnout” rates.
“In each of these cases, the system caught the fraud first, as it was designed to do,” DA Weintraub said in an interview.
Danielle Elaine Dooner and Melissa Ann Fisher faced charges “by summons with one count each of violations of provisions relating to absentee and mail-in ballots, a misdemeanor of the third degree, according to the DA’s Office” a few days later, the report states.
The 2020 election cycle was unusual for many of us, with more people opting to mail in their ballots than ever before.
Many instances across the nation raised suspicions of voter fraud due to mail-in voting, a process Republicans particularly warned about for so long.
In The Morning Call’s report on the incidents, the district attorney is quoted as saying the incidents were isolated and that there was no evidence of “widespread or systematic election fraud here in Bucks County.”
However, almost 42 percent of all ballots cast in Bucks County in 2020 were mail-ins.
In each of the two voter fraud instances mentioned, Dooner and Fisher were both caught when they completed mail-in ballot applications on behalf of their deceased mothers and signed off on the ballots.
Weintraub said that handwriting analysis confirmed suspicions that something was wrong.
Dooner’s mother, who died on Sept. 21, 2020, was already deceased by the time the mail-in ballot was signed in her name.
She signed neither the ballot application nor the ballot itself.
Analysis of Fisher’s mother’s ballot confirmed the same: the ballot had been completed and signed by someone other than the name provided.
Luckily, these ballots were caught in time and neither were opened nor were counted, according to the DA, but he also mentioned several other election-related complaints his office handled.
“Allegations ranged from residency/address issues, voter intimidation, threats to the Bucks County Board of Elections, ballots found in trash, ballot tampering, and family members voting for their deceased loved ones,” according to The Morning Call.
“Both county political parties, as well as residents and state and government officials, filed complaints, according to the office.”
Such reports were not isolated to Bucks County, however.
Reports poured in from across the nation following the November election (and even during the mail-in ballot period before election day), but many people stay silent out of fear of being labeled a “conspiracy theorist” or a QAnon affiliate.
Election integrity is no topic to demean or dismiss.
It is an issue that affects every American who values a fair and honest election process.
Anyone who has a complaint deserves to be heard.
Officials have the job of making sure their concerns are addressed.