Republican official claims ‘honest mistake’ after admitting to voter fraud in 2020 election
A small town Republican The official said he made an “honest mistake” in forging the signature of his recently deceased father to vote twice in the 2020 presidential election.
The trustee of Township of Porter, 1,800 residents, did not confirm who he voted for, but told the outlet that it was not “just Trump’s electoral fraud.”
âI was just trying to fulfill the wishes of a dying man,â Mr. Snodgrass said.
His father, Hiram Edward Snodgrass, died on October 5 at the age of 78, according to an obituary published in The Columbus Dispatch.
A day later, a mail-in ballot was handed out and Mr Snodgrass, who had power of attorney over his father with Parkinson’s disease, said he signed it among “a pile of other documents”.
Delaware County Special Prosecutor David Homer told NBC News Mr Snodgrass is expected to plead guilty to a forgery charge on July 9 as part of a plea deal to receive three days in jail and a fine of $ 500.
The plea reduced the original charge of illegal voting, a fourth degree felony punishable by six months in jail and a fine of $ 5,000.
“I’ve been doing this since the 1980s, and it’s the first one I’ve seen like this,” Mr. Homer told NBC.
“It’s not over until the guy pleads guilty and it’s July 9th.”
According to court records cited by the media outlet, Mr. Snodgrass’ father’s postal ballot arrived on October 15, 10 days after his death. Mr Snodgrass, meanwhile, reportedly cast his own ballot eight days later.