Local political science experts say getting voters to sign a piece of paper to put two well-known Democratic candidates on the 2008 presidential primary ballot should have been easy.
Court documents say former St. Joseph County Democratic Party chair, Butch Morgan, ordered four former voter registration workers to forge signatures on ballot petitions for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary. Morgan, Pam Brunette, Bev Shelton and Dustin Blythe face felony petition fraud charges. The fourth man, who apparently told police what happened and that he played a role in it, has not been charged.
The process to get a major party candidate's name on a presidential primary ballot in Indiana is pretty straightforward. The law says a written request for each candidate must include a petition with 500 signatures from each of the state's congressional districts.
“That sounds like baby’s work. I mean, what should be so difficult about that?” asked Peri Arnold, University of Notre Dame political science professor.