A Nevada man said a ballot cast in his dead wife's name 'lent some credence' to voter fraud claims. Now officials say he's the one who did it.

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Donald Kirk Hartle of Las Vegas was charged with two election fraud charges in the 2020 election.
Hartle voted twice, including the postal ballot that was issued to his dead wife, officials said.
Hartle previously said the ballot on his wife's behalf gave credence to allegations of election fraud.
Donald Kirk Hartle, of Las Vegas, Nevada, has been charged with election fraud in two cases related to the 2020 general election, the Nevada Attorney General's office Aaron D. Ford said Thursday.
After voting himself, Hartle, 55, used his dead wife's name on a second postal ballot to vote twice, according to the criminal complaint.
Rosemarie Hartle, his wife, died of breast cancer in 2017, according to Hartle.
When an investigation was first launched into who cast his wife's vote, Hartle told KLAS the incident was "quite disgusting" and "gave credibility to what you heard in the media" in relation to electoral fraud. He also said it made him "wonder how widespread" election fraud is.
The Nevada GOP also tweeted about the incident, pointing out that it was a "specific case" of voter fraud.
In a statement to the Associated Press on Thursday, Hartle's attorney David Chesnoff said, "Mr. Hartle looks forward to responding to the allegations."
An investigation by KLAS found that Rosemary's name was on an active electoral roll after her death. In 2020, due to a new state law, she received a ballot, which obliged all districts to send a postal ballot to every registered voter.
The completed ballot was then received by the county with a signature that matched their records, although Hartle claimed the ballot was never delivered to her home, officials told KLAS.
"Election fraud is rare, but when it happens it undermines trust in our electoral system and my office will not tolerate it," Ford said in a press release. "I would like to stress that our office will investigate all credible allegations of electoral fraud and work to bring all criminals to justice."
Both of Hartle's charges, who voted on someone else's name and voted more than once on the same election, face jail sentences of up to four years and a fine of up to $ 5,000, according to the Nevada Attorney General. His first appearance in court is scheduled for November 18th.
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