Nevada Man Charged with Voter Fraud, Cast Ballot Using Dead Wife’s Name
Man's wife died in 2017 but remained on the voter rolls.
A Las Vegas man has been charged with voting twice in the 2020 general election by using his dead wife's name, according to reports.
55-year-old Donald Kirk Hartle is accused of voting with another person’s name and voting more than once in the same election.
Both carry charges of possible jail time of up to four years, and a fine of $5,000.
Hartle initially reported his wife's ballot as missing, but he had returned it himself, the attorney general said.
Hartle's wife died in 2017 but remained on the voter rolls.
The returned ballot carried which matched the one on record.
The case highlights an example of voter fraud in the state.
the Nevada GOP tweeted last year:
"Kirk was surprised to find his late wife Rosemarie, a Republican, cast a ballot in this year's election despite having passed away in 17’."
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An investigation was opened by the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office last week, which determined Hartle himself had turned in the ballot.
The offense occurred between Oct. 26 and Oct. 30, 2020.
Hartle used he name of Rosemarie Hartle in one instance.
State Attorney General Aaron D. Ford.said:
"Voter fraud is rare, but when it happens it undercuts trust in our election system and will not be tolerated by my office.'
"I want to stress that our office will pursue any credible allegations of voter fraud and will work to bring any offenders to justice."
Hartle will appear in court on Nov. 18 in Las Vegas Township Justice Court.
The Associated Press reported that Hartle is the CFO of the Ahern Family of Companies and looks forward to responding the allegations.