A Las Vegas man allegedly forged his deceased wife’s signature on her ballot, mailed it in, and then claimed it had been stolen, has agreed to plead guilty, 8NewsNow reports.
As 8NewsNow reported last month, Donald “Kirk” Hartle said his wife died from breast cancer last year. “A ballot for Rosemarie was issued in October and later received by the county, but Kirk said the ballot never came to his house,” 8NewsNow reported in October. “The I-Team found even though Rosemarie died in 2017, her name appeared on the active voter list.”
Speaking to 8NewsNow last year, Hartle claimed he was in “disbelief” when he found out his wife’s name appeared.
“It made no sense to me, but it lent some credence to what you’ve been hearing in the media about [mass voter fraud] and now it makes me wonder how pervasive is this?” he said at the time.
Now, Hartle will be pleading guilty to one charge of voting more than once in the same election, which is a category D felony. The maximum penalty for such a felony is 4 years in prison. But thanks to his plea deal, Hartle will only serve probation.
As 8News Now points out, during a press conference one week after the 2016 election, Nevada Republicans and representatives for Donald Trump’s campaign cited two examples of dead voters casting ballots, one of which was the ballot with Hartle’s wife’s forged name.