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Election Commission Nixes Mmoja Ajabu’s 7th District Run

Ajabu lost a primary to incumbent Congresswoman Julia Carson in 1996.

Mmoja Ajabu

Photo: courtesy Mmoja Ajabu

Ajabu's apparently photocopied signatures on his petition to appear on the ballot were rejected.

A would-be independent candidate for Congress has lost another round in his bid to get on the ballot. The Indiana Election Commission unanimously upheld rulings that Seventh District hopeful Mmoja Ajabu failed to submit enough valid signatures.

Marion County officials rejected hundreds of apparently photocopied signatures. Ajabu argued those signatures should count, and accused officials of not actually reviewing them.

Unless a court intervenes, the race will be Congressman Andre Carson versus Republican challenger Carlos May.

Ajabu ran for the seat as a Democrat against Carson‘s grandmother Julia Carson in 1996, finishing fourth in a nine-way primary with four-percent of the vote.

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