Ben Johnson,The White House Watch
A former Democratic governor of Indiana says a petition to place Barack Obama
on the state ballot during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary is not
his,raising the question of voter
fraud. Former Governor Joe Kernan,a
at all,”when the South Bend (Indiana) Tribune asked if the
signature,which helped qualify Obama for the ballot,belonged to him.
The newspaper reports it has spoken to at least 40 other people in St. Joseph
County,Indiana,whose names erroneously appear on petitions for either Obama or
his primary opponent,Hillary Clinton.
those running for statewide office to collect 4,500 signatures from registered
voters,500 from each congressional district,before their names may appear on the
ballot for voters’consideration.
Local newspapers have reported the names appear to be copied from signatures
submitted for another statewide candidate that year.
Eric Holcomb,the Republican Party chairman for the state of Indiana,has
demanded a federal investigation,asking,“How deep does this problem go?”Indiana
Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker said he wholeheartedly concurs. “Even an
isolated instance of misconduct,by one individual among the hundreds of
volunteers working to collect signatures for the candidates,should be thoroughly
investigated,and we support such an inquiry,”he insisted.
Allegations of voter fraud continue to dog Democrats in general and Barack
Obama,in particular. Catherine Engelbrecht,a founder of the Texas-based “True
the Vote,”investigated the Texas Democratic presidential primaries in 2008 and
There was no one checking IDs,judges would vote for people that asked for
help. It was fraud,and we watched like deer in the headlights…
The first thing we started to do was look at houses with more than six voters
in them [a common red flag for voter fraud]…Vacant lots had several voters
registered on them. An eight-bed halfway house had more than 40 voters
registered at its address.
Andrea “Andi”Pringle,a former aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray,resigned from
her post after admitting
she fraudulently voted in the Washington,D.C.,primary,although she is registered
to vote in Montgomery County,Maryland.
Lessadolla Sowers,a member of the executive board of the Tunica
County,Mississippi,NAACP,received five years in prison for voting 10 times in
other people’s names.
But these cases are the exception. The vast majority of fraud goes unchecked.
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler revealed
in March that 12,000 non-citizens were registered to vote in the state,and 5,000
had non-citizens voted in the 2010 election.
Election fraud has consequences. The conservative group Minnesota Majority discovered last summer that….