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Officials found guilty in Obama, Clinton ballot petition fraud

A jury in South Bend, Indiana has found that fraud put President Obama and  Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008  election. Two Democratic political operatives were convicted Thursday night in  the illegal scheme after only three hours of deliberations. They were found  guilty on all counts.

Former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic party Chairman Butch Morgan Jr.   was found guilty of felony conspiracy counts to commit petition fraud  and forgery, and former county Board of Elections worker Dustin Blythe was found  guilty of felony forgery counts and falsely making a petition, after being  accused of faking petitions that enabled Obama, then an Illinois Senator,  to get on the presidential primary ballot for his first run for the White  House.

Morgan was accused of being the mastermind behind the plot.

According to testimony from two former Board of Election officials who pled  guilty, Morgan ordered Democratic officials and workers to fake the names  and signatures that Obama and Clinton needed to qualify for the presidential  race. Blythe, then a Board of Elections employee and Democratic Party volunteer,  was accused of forging multiple pages of the Obama petitions.

"I think this helped uphold the integrity of the electoral system," the  prosecutor, Stan Levco told reporters.

“Their verdict of guilt is not a verdict against Democrats, but for honest  and fair elections,” he said.

The scheme was hatched in January of 2008, according to affidavits from  investigators who cite former Board of Registration worker Lucas Burkett, who  told them he was in on the plan at first, but then became uneasy and quit. He  waited three years before telling authorities about it, but if revelations about  any forgeries were raised during the election, the petitions could have been  challenged during the contest. A candidate who did not qualify with enough  legitimate signatures at the time, could have been bounced from the ballot.

The case raise questions about whether in 2008, then candidate Obama actually  submitted enough legitimate signatures to have legally qualified for the primary  ballot.

“I think had they been challenged successfully, he probably would not have  been on the ballot,” Levco told Fox News.

Under state law, presidential candidates need to qualify for the primary  ballots with 500 signatures from each of the state's nine congressional  districts. Indiana election officials say that in St. Joseph County, which is  the 2nd Congressional district, the Obama campaign qualified with 534  signatures; Clinton's camp had 704.

Prosecutors say that in President Obama's case, nine of the petition pages  were apparently forged. Each petition contains up to 10 names, making a possible  total of 90 names, which, if faked, could have brought the Obama total below the  legal limit required to qualify. Prosecutors say 13 Clinton petitions were  apparently forged, meaning up to 130 possibly fake signatures.  Even if 130  signatures had been challenged, it would have still left Mrs. Clinton with  enough signatures to meet the 500 person threshold. 

Levco said a total of “100 to 200” signatures had been forged on Obama’s and  Clinton’s petitions.

An Indiana State Police investigator said in court papers that the agency  examined the suspect Obama petitions and "selected names at random from each of  the petition pages and contacted those people directly. We found at least one  person (and often multiple people) from each page who confirmed that they had  not signed" petitions "or given consent for their name and/or signature to  appear."

Numerous voters told Fox News that they never signed the petitions.

"That's not my signature," Charity Rorie, a mother of four, told us when we  showed her the Obama petition with her name and signature. She was stunned,  saying that it "absolutely" was a fake.

Charity told Fox News that her husband's entry was also a forgery, and that  they have never been contacted by investigators or any authorities looking into  the scandal.

"It's scary, it's shocking. It definitely is illegal," she told us. 

Robert Hunter, Jr. told Fox news that his name was faked, too.

"I did not sign for Barack Obama," he told us. As he examined the Obama  petition in his hands, Hunter pointed out that "I always put 'Junior' after my  name, every time...there's no 'Junior' there

Even a former Democratic Governor of Indiana, Joe Kernan, told Fox News that  his name was forged.

“This is a bitter sweet moment for free and fair elections," observed Ryan  Nees, the Indiana born Yale “University senior who first exposed the scheme in  the independent political newsletter, Howey Politics Indiana and South Bend  Tribune. 

Nees said the multiple guilty verdicts were "bitter, because a five-person  conspiracy succeeded in illegally placing two presidential candidates on the  ballot, but sweet because they were exposed, tried for their crimes, and  convicted."

Nees previously told Fox News that the fraud was clearly evident, "because  page after page of signatures are all in the same handwriting," and that nobody  raised any red flags "because election workers in charge of verifying their  validity were the same people faking the signatures."

Fox News' Meredith Amor contributed to this report.

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Bill here.  Nothing new here.  It is just the Corrupt Party being Corrupt.

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