Donald Kirk Hartley, a registered Republican, faces two felony charges
The Nevada Attorney General has filed two counts of voter fraud against a Las Vegas man who allegedly voted twice in the 2020 general election — including once in the name of his late wife.
Donald Kirk Hartley, 55, a registered Republican, is charged with voting in another person’s name and voting more than once in the same election—both crimes. Both charges carry potential prison terms of up to four years, as well as a $5,000 fine.
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The attorney general said Hartley had previously reported his wife’s ballot ballot missing, but had actually returned it himself. His wife died in 2017, but she remained in the voters’ list.
The returned ballot had a signature that matched the one on record. Hartley’s case was a prime example of voter fraud in the state.
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The Nevada GOP tweeted last year, “Kirk was shocked to see his late wife, Rosemary, a Republican, who voted in this year’s election despite having died at 17.”
The Nevada Secretary of State’s Office opened an investigation and scheduled last week That Hartley himself had turned in the ballot.
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The alleged crimes took place between October 26 and October 30, 2020, with Hartley using the name Rosemary Hartley in one instance.
“Voter fraud is rare, but when it does it undermines confidence in our election system and will not be tolerated by my office,” state Attorney General Aaron D. Ford said. “I want to emphasize that our office will act on any credible allegation of voter fraud and work to bring any perpetrators to justice.”
Hartley is to appear in court on November 18 at Las Vegas Township Justice Court.
As The Associated Press reports, Hartley is the CFO of the Ahern Family of Companies, and he looks forward to answering the allegations in court.