Chester County election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election. While President Trump has accused Democrats of fraud, the only cases so far uncovered have all been Republicans. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Election 2020-Voting-Misinformation
Chester County election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election. While President Trump has accused Democrats of fraud, the only cases so far uncovered have all been Republicans. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

This is the third time this year a Republican in the state has been charged in a case of voter fraud.

DELAWARE COUNTY — A Delaware County man who supports President Donald Trump is facing charges of unlawful voting and perjury, after authorities say he illegally voted on behalf of his deceased mother in the November election.

He is the third Republican in Pennsylvania to be prosecuted for voter fraud.

In October, officials similarly charged a Luzerne County Republican for filling out an absentee ballot application on behalf of his deceased mother.

A registered Republican in Chester County was also charged for casting a ballot in person in the November election, then returning with sunglasses in an attempt to disguise himself and vote on behalf of his son.

Delaware County prosecutors allege that Bruce Bartman used the driver’s license number for his mother, who died more than a decade ago, to register her to vote, obtain a mail-in ballot, return that ballot, and fraudulently vote in her name.

Authorities say he used his mother-in-law’s Social Security number and the system returned a deceased record for the woman who had died in 2019. The state sent a confirmation letter to make sure the information was correct, which authorities allege Bartman falsified and returned to register her as a voter. He did not obtain a ballot in her name, prosecutors said.

He told investigators that he had this to help reelect Trump, Stollsteimer said.

The Trump campaign and its supporters have continually made allegations of rampant voter fraud by Democrats in the November election, but they have not had any evidence to back up their claims. Lawsuits filed by Trump’s campaign have repeatedly been struck down in court due to lack of evidence, including suggestions of widespread “dead voters.”

While in court, Trump’s lawyers have said they are not alleging fraud.

The Associated Press contributed to this report