Four Indiana Officials Indicted for Forging Names on 2008 Presidential Primary Petitions for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

On March 2, four Indiana officials in St. Joseph County were indicted for facilitating forged petitions in the 2008 presidential primary. One of the officials was Democratic County Chair in that important county (which includes South Bend). The other three were employees of the county voter registration office. They are charged with helping Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama get on the Democratic presidential primary ballot, by forging names of voters on the petitions.

Indiana requires 4,500 signatures for candidates in statewide major party primaries for ballot access, and 34,195 signatures for statewide independent candidates and the nominees of newly-qualifying parties. Any registered voter can sign any petition. This incident is one more piece of evidence that petition requirements as low as 4,500 can sometimes be formidable obstacles to ballot access. See this story. Thanks to Ryan Nees for the link.


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  1. The signature requirement to get in the primaries in Indiana isn’t THAT difficult. Those petition circulators were just lazy, and arrogant as well, because they must have believed that they would not get caught.

    Considering that Barrack Obama did not get on the ballot in Indiana “legally” one could argue that none of the votes that he received in Indiana should count, and therefore he would not be President right now.

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  3. #2 Obama won 365 electoral votes to McCain’s 173. Indiana doesn’t have enough electoral votes to change the outcome, even if your reasoning were true.

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