After Trump and allies spent weeks alleging that dead people voted for Joe Biden in the election and after numerous hearings on the matter, officials finally found one case—a Delaware County, Pennsylvania man pretended to be his dead mother, so he could vote for Donald Trump.
Bruce Bartman, 70 a Republican, registered two deceased family members — his mother Elizabeth Bartman who died 12 years ago and his mother-in-law Elizabeth Weihman– in August to vote in the 2020 election as Republicans, prosecutors say.
This was possible through the state’s online voter registration system, which asks for the last four digits of a resident’s Social Security number or their driver’s license number.
He used the last four digits of his mother-in-law’s Social Security number to register, which was flagged by the system. But the software sent a letter addressed to her to confirm whether she was alive. Bartman lied on the form and pretended to be Weihman, prosecutors said, but ultimately did not request an absentee ballot in her name.
Bartman used his mother’s driver’s license number to register her as a Republican and successfully cast a ballot for Donald Trump and other Republicans on the ticket.
“This is the only known case of a ‘dead person’ voting in our county, conspiracy theories notwithstanding,”Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said in a statement. “Further, the prompt prosecution of this case shows that law enforcement will continue to uphold our election laws whenever presented with actual evidence of fraud and that we will continue to investigate every allegation that that comes our way.”
Bartman was charged with two counts of felony perjury and one count of unlawful voting. If convicted, he faces 19 years in prison.