Photo: courtesy Mmoja Ajabu
An independent candidate for Congress will ask the Indiana Election Commission to reverse the rejection of his candidacy paperwork.
Indianapolis pastor and activist Mmoja Ajabu missed the ballot for November‘s election because he turned in photocopies of his petition signatures to the Marion County Board of Voter Registration rather than the originals. Attorney Paul Ogden maintains there‘s no requirement that the signatures be the originals.
Ajabu says he‘s done his own cross-checking with the state‘s voter database, and claims he has the necessary three-thousand valid signatures if the photocopies are accepted.
Ajabu is challenging Seventh District Democratic Congressman Andre Carson and Republican opponent Carlos May. He ran for the same seat as a Democrat in 1996 against Carson‘s grandmother Julia.
A second would-be independent candidate, former Colts kick returner Devin Moore, also missed the ballot. The Indiana Election Division says his signatures weren‘t turned in by the deadline.