Election fraud charges in '08 presidential race
Presidential primary questioned
- Duration 5:21
- Date Apr 8, 2012
Presidential primary questioned
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And of the Fox News voter fraud unit now -- charges of election fraud in the 2008 presidential race.
Allegations that some of the presidential petitions that put Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the ballot in Indiana.
-- -- Four democratic officials -- political operatives were charged this past week with forging names and signatures of unsuspecting voters.
In fact reports have said so many names were forged that the president.
May not have to legally qualified for the Indiana primary ballot.
But the former long -- chairman of the saint Joseph county Democratic Party butch Morgan is accused of ordering the alleged scheme carried out inside the county democratic headquarters.
The democratic voter registration board supervisor -- Burnett and democratic elections worker badly Shelton were also charged.
As was democratic volunteer and former board worker dust and life.
Wife allegedly forged signatures on Obama's petitions -- we caught up with them last November he wouldn't talk about it.
He talked to us about.
Conditions no I'm sorry and everything you say did you forge any signature trying to have -- did -- this did you take any petitions at all.
-- have anything to save on numerous voters told us they never signed the petitions.
Is that your signature on this I think -- did you sign this petition for Barack Obama.
You didn't act now so this is a forgery and its its effect absolutely.
Well all four suspects entered pleas of not guilty in the lead back in court joining us now is the young man.
Who first discovered -- Friday is Ryan Nece -- junior Yale universities from Indiana.
And he wrote about this in the nonpartisan newsletter how we politics Indiana Ryan good morning Greg selections and good morning there.
It -- pretty astounding with -- -- -- a college student this sailed through the the voter registration board allegedly -- officials were in on it.
No one in the Indiana State elections -- hierarchy knew about it -- the federal hierarchy knew about it.
Happened three years ago why do you think what does the what does it show that this this was able -- apparently allegedly go on so undetected.
Won't know and essentially new.
That it was happening because the people who would have been in a position to.
Two detected war in fact the people according to prosecutors this week.
Who were committing the alleged fraud.
And that means insiders can allegedly pull this type of stuff off.
But that's exactly what happened that process and Indiana -- -- -- about petitions to voter registration offices throughout the state but.
It was officials in those voter registration offices that.
Apparently were committing the problem.
What does this do the credibility of the election system we -- trusted we -- it and make sure that there's no voter or election fraud.
Yet then you have something -- like like this.
-- I think I think on one hand it's obviously very troubling because.
We want to maintain more faith.
In our elections then.
And what this particular instance demonstrated to us I think it's a reasonable question to ask whether if this happened in northern Indiana where else might be happening.
At the same time this is something that that came out.
That's been reported on widely and.
There were four indictments.
Released this week and they think.
We can feel good about that.
One young man Lucas Berkett 26 years old who worked in the office prosecutors say he came forward.
And spilled the beans about all this his -- attorney calls him a hero.
Says Lucas -- a whistle blower but here's what the attorney for Dustin -- us Jeffrey Kimball said quote Lucas.
He is a disgruntled employee was dismissed and is acting out of a vendetta.
Against all these people three years after the petitions were entered.
What do the newspapers he didn't go to the police is obviously out to try and -- people not because he's any sort of good.
Some merited what do you make of that.
Well I think the people who are.
-- you're the hundreds of people in northern Indiana who.
Have their signature is apparently forged on petitions that they didn't intend -- -- I think mr.
-- attorney is obviously.
Going to make a strong defenses can't -- -- but -- and inclined to believe that.
The whistle blower.
On which prosecutors are in large part -- For lying to make this case.
He is is -- -- I agree I think this is one of the things that we can feel best about.
About office and -- -- what -- the messages this case that this apparently happened and that someone who says he was -- -- it does not come forward and and and and and hold the world about it.
What I that in the messages is vigilance the problem here is that no one was really watching -- watchman but.
As long as people like the whistle blower who who came out last week and came out.
But -- -- sort of cooperating with prosecutors last fall I exist I think.
As long as is -- media like like you and others are greater interest have been covering these kind of things I think.
Hopefully -- and we'll continue to discover.
Discover this when it happens.
-- -- Ryan Nece -- -- Yale now -- -- there Ryan thanks so much.
For joining us this morning and and congratulations on that you're working by the way talk about -- covering this stuff.
Is our address we have a voter fraud unit we are on these allegations and charges and similar types of cases across the country -- --