A Long Island man was busted for allegedly requesting two mail-in ballots on behalf of his dead mom, authorities said Friday.
Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini charged Wayne Tappe, a 57-year-old registered Democrat from Water Mill in the Hamptons, with two counts of offering a false instrument, a class-E felony.
The arrest of Tappe comes as President Trump and New York voting rights advocates have expressed concerns about snafus including voter fraud because of the unprecedented number of mail-in ballots being filed and processed to lessen in-person voting and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The Suffolk County Board of Elections reported receiving two applications to vote via absentee ballot from Lucille Tappe of Commack.
The applications for absentee ballots were signed in Lucille Tappe’s name on Sept. 4 and Oct. 6. But the Suffolk elections agency had been notified in June by the state Health Department that Lucille Tappe died on June 16.
The Suffolk BOE also received applications for absentee ballots from son Wayne Tappe on Sept. 9 and and in March.
Suspecting fraud, election officials referred the two applications purported to be from Lucille Tappe and the two applications from Wayne Tappe to the Suffolk County D... (Read more)
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