LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — A woman from Lancaster has been charged with voter fraud after completing a mail-in voter ballot for her deceased mother.
According to a release from the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, 60-year-old Cheryl Mihaliak faces charges of forgery, as well as forgery of a ballot for illegally submitting a ballot for her deceased mother during the May 2022 Pennsylvania Democratic Primary.
Police say Mihalik requested both her and her mother’s ballots on March 17 and the mail-in ballot from Mihaliak’s mother was signed and dated April 26, 2022. However, information from the obituary as well as records from the Department of Health confirmed that Mihaliak’s mother died on April 14, 2022, and she was removed.
Both charges are misdemeanors of the first and second degree and are punishable by a maximum of five years and two years respectively, as well as fines totaling $15,000.