Trump supporter who voted with dead father's ballot sentenced to jail, fighting back with civil suits

Trump supporter who voted with dead father’s ballot sentenced to jail, fighting back with civil suits

(As originally published with additional photos, Tue, January 9th 2024)

WILDWOOD, Fla. (TND) — The Florida man convicted of voting with his late father’s ballot in the 2020 presidential election has been sentenced to jail but not before filing civil suits against the state and a prosecutor.

Robert Henry Rivernider, Jr., was arrested last September.

The complaint by the Sumter County supervisor of elections said his father “is believed to have died on October 19, 2020,” and he voted using his father’s “Vote By Mail envelope.”

That envelope “was signed and dated October 16, 2020” — before his father’s death — “but postmarked on 10-23-2020” — which was after.

“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.”

The complaint also mentioned handwriting.

Trump supporter who voted with dead father's ballot sentenced to jail, fighting back with civil suits
Robert Henry Rivernider was arrested for voting with his late father’s ballot in the 2020 presidential election on Sept. 29, 2023 (left), convicted on Dec. 5, and sentenced on Jan. 9, 2024 (right). (Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“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.”

Rivernider was convicted of forgery, fraud in connection with casting a vote, and uttering forged instruments on Dec. 5.

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

Order on Motion for a New Trial and Motion for Judgment of Acquittal Notwithstanding the Verdict by Lenny Cohen on Scribd

The following week, the judge rejected both in a one-paragraph statement, but Rivernider wasn’t done.

Since then, he has been involved in three civil suits and he filed two of them.

Emergency Complaint for Declaratory Judgment by Lenny Cohen on Scribd

On Dec. 15, he filed an “Emergency Complaint for Declaratory Judgment” against the state of Florida based on the criminal case

charging him “with the crime of ‘probably’ signing an envelope that was mailed to the home he lived in and shared with his father, Robert H Rivernider.”

In it, he claims, “Robert H Rivernider was murdered by the United States government’s creation and spreading of a bio-weapon known as COVID-19 on October 19, 2020.”

Suing Assistant State Attorney by Lenny Cohen on Scribd

Then, on Jan. 2, he sued an assistant state attorney who prosecuted the criminal case,

claiming, “defendant filed false information in state court that caused the plaintiff to have to raise bail money.”

Rivernider is also involved in a civil suit for libel.

A couple who “operate a club that supports Donald Trump in The Villages, Florida named Villages Maga Club” said Rivernider “made several false statements through Substack” that “are not only wholly and utterly false, but were taken with the clear intention of causing the plaintiffs harm.”

Rivernider’s Substack email newsletter post was dated Oct. 8 and the plaintiffs sued on Nov. 30. Their complaint says they want more than $50,000.

Libel Countersuit by Lenny Cohen on Scribd

Rivernider is counter-suing them and other parties for libel, defamation, slander, jury tampering, and violation of Florida’s RICO statute — and he says his damages exceed $50 million.

He’ll be fighting his legal battles from jail, at least for awhile.

Sentencing Order by Lenny Cohen on Scribd

Tuesday, he was sentenced to 180 days, with credit for one day served.

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