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 Democrat, replied, “No, not at all,” when the South Bend (Indiana) Tribune asked if the signature, which helped qualify Obama for the ballot, belonged to him.
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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.
Indiana requires 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.
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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 announced:
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 341 convicted felons, who had been disenfranchised under state law, illegally cast ballots that probably put Al Franken ahead of Norm Coleman in the state’s hotly disputed U.S. Senate race. (Franken won by a mere 312 votes following multiple recounts showing him behind.)
Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez of California likely won her California seat from Bob Dornan thanks to massive voting by illegal immigrants.
It appears the Obama administration is gearing up for the next round of fraud. This author reported last year that Project Vote, an ACORN-affiliated organization that once employed the president as a community organizer, intended to “help” more than 50,000 people vote in seven key swing states.
Meanwhile, Deputy Attorney General Julie Fernandes has openly declared, “We have no interest in enforcing this provision of the law,” which requires states to purge dead voters from the rolls. “It has nothing to do with increasing turnout, and we are just not going to do it.”
Although states have begun to look into the pandemic of voter fraud on their own, the only sure remedy is a landslide election in 2012. As Hugh Hewitt wrote, If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat.
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