The prospect that [Jeff and Charity Rorie’s] are two of an estimated 150 signatures that may have been forged on the petitions has raised the question of whether President Obama actually reached the legitimate number of signatures needed to be placed on the ballot in Indiana. Under state law, presidential candidates need to file 500 signatures from each of the state’s nine congressional districts. Indiana election officials say that in St. Joseph County, the Obama campaign qualified with 534 signatures; Clinton’s camp had 704. The certified signatures were never challenged.
“I had always thought that, now-President Obama, had earned his victory in Indiana,” said the state’s Republican chairman, Eric Holcomb. “But then I quickly learned that he had cheated his way on to the ballot in the primary.”
The allegations that election fraud touched a race for the highest office in the land are at the center of an investigation by St. Joseph County Attorney Michael Dvorak. He would not comment, but sources say the probe is gaining steam as prosecutors delve into the petitions that sailed through the St. Joseph County Voter Registration Board, located in South Bend. There have been reports that as many as seven people may have been involved in an alleged conspiracy to fake the petitions.
If so, I somehow doubt that Obama’s presidency will be invalidated. But still, it would be a neat and almost poetic “what goes around, comes around” circle if such a challenge were to occur, because that’s exactly how Obama got his start in politics. It was by successfully questioning in court the legitimacy of petition signatures for former mentor Alice Palmer, as well as all the other contenders besides himself for the Democratic nomination for Illinois Senate from his district, that Obama ultimately obtained his first political office.
The Chicago Tribune article relating the sad and sorry details of this 1996 event is headlined, “Obama Knows His Way Around a Ballot.”
And so he did. And so he does.