Sumter Co. resident charged with voter fraud blames rivalry between Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis
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The man allegedly sent in a ballot for his deceased father.

A man has been charged with forgery and fraud after authorities say he cast a ballot in Florida for his deceased father in the 2020 election, though the suspect says the charges were motivated by a local, internal GOP political rivalry between former President Donald Trump advocates and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis supporters.

Elections officials in Sumter County did not count the ballot because it was postmarked four days after the father died in mid-October 2020, according to a criminal complaint brought by William Keen, Sumter County elections supervisor. An examination of the father’s ballot showed the signature on it resembled that of his son’s and not any of the father’s previous ballot signatures, the complaint said.

Robert Rivernider was arrested and charged last week with felony forgery of a public record and fraud, according to court documents. He has since been released from custody.

Reached by telephone Wednesday, Rivernider said he planned to plead not guilty. He blamed the charges on a local political rivalry between himself, an active Trump supporter, and local officials supporting DeSantis, who also is a candidate for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. He pointed out that charges were filed almost three years after the election.

“There is a lot of politics that goes on here in Sumter County and they don’t like the fact that I don’t follow their system,” Rivernider said.

An email was sent to Keen seeking comment.

Rivernider lives near The Villages, a massive retirement community where at least four residents have been arrested since the 2020 election on voter fraud charges.

Last year, DeSantis and the Republican-dominated Florida Legislature created a law enforcement agency to investigate election crimes, despite there being little evidence of electoral malfeasance by voters in the Sunshine State. The unit’s first public actions were the arrests of 20 people for illegally voting in 2020. DeSantis has said the people had been convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense and were not eligible to vote under a 2018 constitutional amendment that restores voting rights to some felons.

Rivernider was convicted a decade ago in federal court in Connecticut of orchestrating a $20 million real estate flipping scheme and has still been paying restitution to dozens of victims. In Florida, felons must pay all fines, restitution and legal fees before they can regain their right to vote.


Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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  • Rick Whitaker

    October 5, 2023 at 7:51 am

    another example of maga cult thinking they are above the law. florida is full of northern crooks that moved there to start over, with breaking laws. trump comes to mind.

  • Professor Emeritas Earl Pitts "Earl's Smarter Than You" American

    October 5, 2023 at 7:52 am

    Good Mornting America,
    I, Professor Pitts, have been asked to bring my expertese into this case to determine if there are any improper Dook 4 Brains leftist influncers which may have played a role in getting Mr. Rivernider to do such an illogical thing as was discribed in the above artical.
    Its obvious that the likelyhood of Mr. Rivennider’s Dook 4 Brains Leftist girlfriend, neighbor, brother-in-law, or some bad advice from some drunk at the local Sumptet County Bar put this fine Patriot up to this by taking advantage of his greaving for his recently deceased beloved Father Mr. Rivennider Senior.
    I will be reporting back to the Court once we sort this mess out.
    Thank you,
    Proffesor E. Pitts

    • Ocean Joe

      October 5, 2023 at 8:22 am

      If he was involved in a $20,000,000 real estate scam, sounds like he didnt need any help deciding to cast a dead person’s vote.

      He already had the GOP ‘morality’ genes going.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 5, 2023 at 12:44 pm

      you are a member of the maga cult. get used to the abuse because your world is crashing fast.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 6, 2023 at 5:13 am

      shut up ahole.

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 12, 2023 at 4:27 am

    No one is above the law! What happens ?you have blamed others. Sir YOU filled out the ballot. YOU of all people knew your daddy was Dead! Lock him up!!!!

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