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.

Donald Kirk Hartle, a Las Vegas resident, was charged with voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Officials said Hartle voted twice, including with a mail-in ballot that was sent to his wife.

Hartle stated previously that voter fraud claims were supported by the ballot cast in his wife’s name.

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Donald Kirk Hartle, a Las Vegas, Nevada resident, was charged Thursday with two counts each of voter fraud in connection to the 2020 general elections.

Hartle, 55 years old, voted himself in and used the name of his deceased wife on a second mailing ballot to vote again, according to the criminal case.

Hartle reports that Rosemarie Hartle, Hartle's wife, succumbed to breast cancer in 2017.

Hartle stated that when an investigation was launched into the person who cast his wife's vote, Hartle said it was "pretty sickening" which "lent some credence" to the media reports on voter fraud. Hartle also stated that he was "wonderful" at the extent of voter fraud.

Nevada GOP also tweeted about it, citing a "concrete instance" of voter fraud.

Hartle's lawyer, David Chesnoff said that Hartle looked forward to answering the allegations in a statement to The Associated Press.

KLAS conducted an investigation and found that Rosemarie's death had not resulted in her name being removed from the active voter list. A new state law required that every county send every registered voter a mail in ballot to issue her a ballot for 2020.

The county received the completed ballot with a signature matching their records. Hartle claimed that the ballot had never been delivered to their home, officials told KLAS.

Ford stated in a press release that although voter fraud is not common, it can undermine trust in the election system. Ford added that his office will not tolerate any such behavior. "I want you to know that my office will investigate any credible allegations of voter corruption and will take all necessary steps to bring those responsible to justice."

According to the Nevada attorney general's office, Hartle's two charges of voting under the name of another person or voting more than once in one election are both punishable by up to four years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000. His first court appearance is scheduled for November 18.