Florida man convicted of voting with his late father's ballot in 2020 presidential election

Florida man convicted of voting with his late father’s ballot in 2020 presidential election

(As originally published with additional photos, Mon, December 11th 2023, 6:50 PM EST)

WILDWOOD, Fla. (TND) — A man in Florida was convicted of voting with his late father’s ballot in the 2020 presidential election and his lawyer, a former state representative who calls himself a “strong conservative fighter,” filed for a new trial on the same day.

According to the complaint by the Sumter County supervisor of elections, “Robert Henry Rivernider, Sr., is believed to have died on October 19, 2020.”

That was a few weeks before the 2020 presidential election in which Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump, and the complaint alleges Robert Henry Rivernider, Jr., voted for his father.

“The Vote By Mail envelope for Sr. was signed and dated October 16, 2020, but postmarked on 10-23-2020.

“Sr’s Vote By Mail envelope was received by the Supervisor of Elections on 10-26-2020.

“Since the postmarked date was after the date of the death, the ballot was not counted.”

Then, it discussed handwriting.

Florida man convicted of voting with his late father's ballot in 2020 presidential election
Robert Henry Rivernider was convicted of voting with his late father’s ballot in the 2020 presidential election, Sept. 29, 2023. (Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“However, based on comparison of signatures for both Jr. and Sr., there appear to be similarities between the signatures in the 2020 election that match Jr.’s signature, but not prior versions of Sr.’s signature.

“On information and belief, it is alleged that Jr. signed the ballot of Sr. in the 2020 election.”

Junior was convicted last Tuesday, Dec. 5.

That same day, his lawyer Anthony Sabatini filed a Motion for a New Trial and Motion for Judgment of Acquittal Notwithstanding the Verdict.

The document makes claims:

“The jury’s verdicts as to each count were contrary to the law and the weight and sufficiency of the evidence

“No evidence was put forth regarding ‘intent,’ a necessary element in all three charges.

“Although evidence was put forth regarding an alleged ballot signature, absolutely no evidence was put forth regarding the intent of the Defendant — nor was argument made concerning this subject.

“Forgery is a specific intent crime requiring evidence of a mental state

“Additionally, the State failed to provide any evidence whatsoever that the defendant ever had knowledge of, saw, or possessed the ballot at issue.”

As of January 2022, only five Floridians had been arrested for alleged voter fraud in the 2020 election. Four were senior citizens and residents of the retiree-heavy community, The Villages. At least three were supporters of former President Donald Trump. Trump beat Biden by more than 300,000 votes in Florida.

Rivernider, Jr., 58, is reportedly a leader in the Villagers for Trump political organization.

Sabatini won reelection as a Florida state representative in the 2020 election. In 2022, he ran for Congress and lost.

Now, he’s trying again, challenging GOP Rep. Daniel Webster in a primary.

On his campaign website, Sabatini calls himself an “America-First conservative” who’s running “because the Radical Left and the RINO’s [Republican in name only] in Washington turned their backs on the America-First agenda.”

Both Webster and Sabatini’s campaign sites show them with former President Donald Trump.

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