Bruce Bartman, 70, of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to casting an illegal ballot for Donald Trump during the 2020 presidential election. He was sentenced to five years’ probation on Friday.
Bartman admitted to casting the illegal vote in his dead mother’s name. On Friday he told the court that what he did was a “stupid mistake.”
“I was isolated last year in lockdown,” Bartman said to Common Pleas Court Judge George Pagano. “I listened to too much propaganda and made a stupid mistake.”
Bartman plead guilty to two felony counts of perjury and one count of unlawful voting. He was caught after investigators discovered that he used the driver’s license of his dead mother to register her to vote online. Bartman then filled out an absentee ballot in his mother’s name.
When Bartman voted in his mother’s name she had been dead for more than 12 years.
Bartman also tried to vote in his deceased mothers-in-law’s name using her social security number. He ordered a mail-in-ballot in her name but did not cast it.
Pennsylvania’s voting system flagged Elizabeth Bartman’s registration after noting that she was deceased. Bartman received a letter stating that she could not vote because deceased, but he sent back the letter asserting that his mother was alive and well.
Bartman received a mail-ballot for his mother filled it out and mailed it in. After voting, investigators revealed that Bartman had successfully committed voter fraud after a rumor circulated on social media and a formal complaint was brought to the county’s Board of Elections.
Bartman publicly admitted that he registered both deceased women as Republicans in August, and apologized for his actions on Friday. His attorney Samuel Stretton echoed and called the actions “a very misguided political mistake, and very stupid.”
Most likely because of his age he was not sentenced to jail time but received probation instead. He also was stripped of his right to vote for four years and cannot serve jury duty.
“There’s no public benefit to him being incarcerated,” District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said. “This defendant from the beginning has accepted responsibility for his actions, and he has paid the price for them.”
Bartman was just one of three Pennsylvania men accused of illegally casting votes for Donald Trump. The other two, Ralph Thurman of Chester County and Richard Lynn of Luzerne County, have criminal cases pending.
Donald Trump continues to push his “big lie” about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. He filed more than 50 lawsuits in key states, but they were all rejected by the courts.
Right now, In Maricopa County, Arizona, Republicans are attempting to overturn Biden’s electoral win by performing an audit of some 2.1 million votes. ‘
Trump appeared to suggest on Thursday that several other states—including Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire—could face recounts as well.
“Let’s see what they find. I wouldn’t be surprised if they found thousands and thousands and thousands of votes, so we’re going to watch that very closely,” Trump said to a crowd of supporters in Mar-a-Lago.