Indiana GOP chair Eric Holcomb is calling for a federal investigation into reports that potentially hundreds of signatures were forged on petitions for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to be on the 2008 Democratic primary ballot in the state.
An investigation by the South Bend Tribune and Howey Politics Indiana uncovered the faked signatures. Presidential candidates must collect five hundred signatures from each Indiana congressional district to be placed on primary ballots in the state.
Obama’s petitions contained a total of 534 signatures for the Second Congressional District, and at least one hundred of those signatures are allegedly false. Chairman Holcomb Friday sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney for Indiana’s Northern District, calling for an investigation.
“We need to find out how they were committed, why they were committed, who committed those crimes so they aren’t repeated,” he says.
Clinton’s number of authentic signatures appears to be enough to qualify for the ballot. Obama lost the Indiana primary to Clinton but ultimately won the nomination. Still, Holcomb says if Obama had not been on the Indiana primary ballot, he might not have won the state in the general election against John McCain.
“Obviously he wouldn’t have spent millions of dollars in this state, he wouldn’t have aired all those commercials, if in fact he was ineligible to be on our ballot,” he says.
Indiana Democratic Party chair Dan Parker has also called for an investigation, though he maintains Obama would still have had enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.