State Democrats Say More Time Could Solve Petition Issues

Both Republicans and Democrats have alleged irregularities with ballot petitions in Indiana in 2008.

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Democrats and Republicans say if the petitions were flawed, McCain or Obama may not have had the necessary number of signatures to appear on the ballot in 2008.

Indiana Democrats are now claiming to have found descepancies in primary ballot petitions for John McCain in four counties. State party chair Dan Parker says the problems with the McCain petitions that they discovered would have left the candidate below the required number of signatures needed in the 4th Congressional District.

Some of the discrepancies include the improper validation of signatures in Tippecanoe and Montgomery counties, noticable handwritten discrepancies in Boone County, and a questionable white-out correction on a petition in Morgan County.

Parker says the goal of the report is not to get hung up on the past, but rather to reform the system to prevent such things from happening again. Parker says allowing more time could go a long way to preventing these issues.

“Allow the campaigns to get these done a little earlier in November and December, because once they start in January, the voter registration offices get inundated with petitions,” Parker says. “And make sure that the counties use the statewide voter file system so that the state can track the number of petitions that are out there.”

State Republicans adhere to their stance that the only reason the McCain petitions are being examined is to deflect attention away from questionable democrat petitions in St. Joseph County. GOP party spokesman Pete Seat says the only thing that needs to be reformed is what he calls the Democrats’ “culture of corruption.”

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