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Indiana Dem Resigns Amid Investigation of Fake 2008 Primary Petition Signatures

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By Doug Powers  •  October 18, 2011 04:01 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

I wonder if Mickey Mouse signed the petitions too.

From Politico:

An Indiana Democratic county chairman accused of submitting petitions with hundreds of faked signatures for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary resigned Monday, according to reports.

St. Joseph County Democratic Party Chair Butch Morgan stepped down from his position in light of the scandal, but insisted he had “done nothing wrong,” the South Bend Tribune reported late Monday night. Morgan also resigned as Democratic chair for Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District.

He faces allegations he submitted hundreds of forged signatures – including that of a former governor – on petitions to get Clinton and Obama on the 2008 Indiana primary ballot.

A little more background from the South Bend Tribune:

Candidates for president, governor and U.S. senator in Indiana must gather at least 500 signatures from registered voters in each of the state’s nine congressional districts to be on the statewide ballot. County voter registration offices are responsible for verifying that those who sign the petitions are registered voters in that county.

The certified petition pages must be signed by both the Democratic and Republican members of the voter registration board. The Tribune reported last week that Linda Silcott, the Republican board member in St. Joseph County, was out on bereavement leave when the suspicious pages passed through the office in early 2008. The pages in question bear a stamp of Silcott’s signature.

Without the suspected fake signatures, it’s likely Obama and possibly Clinton would not have had enough signatures to be on the state primary ballot.

As we always do under these circumstances, cue Drebin:

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