While many on the left and those in the mainstream media continue to insist that concerns about potential voter fraud are misplaced, one recent case out of Pennsylvania seems to suggest otherwise.
FOX 29 Philadelphia reported Friday that a Delaware County man had pleaded guilty to charges that stemmed from him casting a ballot on behalf of his deceased mother in November 2020.
According to the local Fox affiliate, Bruce Bartman, who is 70, was sentenced to five years of probation for counts of unlawful voting and perjury. He is also barred from voting for the next four years, FOX 29 said.
Violating election integrity
According to FOX 29, Bartman’s mother died more than 10 years ago. Still, he allegedly used her driver’s license number to register her to vote and cast a mail-in ballot for her in November’s election.
Prosecutors reportedly said Bartman also used his deceased mother-in-law’s Social Security number to register her as a Republican, but he did not actually end up voting in her name.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer indicated in December when the charges were filed that partisan politics played no role in his decision to prosecute.
“It matters not to us who he voted for,” Stollsteimer told Fox News. “Whether he had written in Joe Biden, Donald Duck, or Mickey Mouse, we would still be prosecuting this case because this is a violation of the integrity of the American electoral process.”
Stollsteimer went on to declare that the case “does not represent widespread voter fraud.”
“This case was evidence that one person committed voter fraud by casting an improper and illegal ballot in Delaware County,” the DA explained, according to Fox News.
A look ahead
According to FOX 29, Stollsteimer reiterated that message on Friday, telling reporters that politicians should not use Bartman’s case as an excuse to restrict access to voting.
“While today marks the end of this troubling criminal case, it is only the beginning of the journey for all Pennsylvanians as state government updates and reforms our voter systems,” he said. “To those reviewing voter systems, I say, ‘Remove failed systems, not ballot boxes.’”
Democrats, for their part, have made the case that new election reform laws out of Georgia and elsewhere are discriminatory and make it harder for members of minority communities to cast their ballots. But even they have to admit that cases like this one aren’t exactly bolstering their argument for more lax voting practices.