Arizona Supreme Court Allowing Candidate With Forged Signatures to Stay on Ballot

Categories: Election 2014
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Matthew Hendley


A candidate with forged signatures on his nominating petitions won't be removed from the ballot, despite the existence of a state law against petition forgery.

Although Republican Senate candidate Toby Farmer attested to being present when these phony signatures were signed, the Arizona Supreme Court is allowing him to stay on the ballot in his primary challenge of Republican Senator Don Shooter.

Shooter tells New Times the "petition process has just been thrown out the window" with this ruling.

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Under Arizona law, candidates who forge someone else's name on their nominating petitions, or "knowingly cause" someone else to do it, are guilty of a misdemeanor and are disqualified from seeking public office for five years.

Shooter called out some of Farmer's signatures as being forged, and proved at trial that seven were indeed forged.

"He did not provide any evidence, however, as to who had forged the signatures, and he chose not to call Farmer as a witness," the Supreme Court opinion states. "Farmer, on the other hand, presented a handwriting expert who opined that Farmer had not signed the questioned signatures."

The Supreme Court agreed with the trial court's finding, that there was no evidence that Farmer knew of the forgeries -- despite his attesting to have witnessed the signings -- so Farmer wasn't removed from the ballot, as he still had enough signatures remaining to qualify.

"Well, i guess that's the way the law reads," Shooter says. "It's a tremendous loophole that needs to be taken care of."

Shooter described a hypothetical situation in which people could sit down and forge 1,000 or so signatures from a voter list, and turn them in at the last moment, leaving a small window for the opposing candidate to make a claim of forgery. Even if you were able to prove that some of those signatures were forged, they could still have enough signatures remaining to land on the ballot.

"It's just bad behavior, and bad behavior goes unpunished," Shooter said. "So what does that do? It just encourages more bad behavior."

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77 comments
ushemp
ushemp

They always want to argue over the strategy of the dog fight to avoid the strategy of the dog

Michael Shane Wilson
Michael Shane Wilson

Not at all. It already shows hes a dishonest crook. Lets clean up the gov't people.

Matt Gautchier
Matt Gautchier

Isn't that fraud? I'd be put in jail for fraud, why do these bastards receive get out of jail free cards?

Mary Shoff
Mary Shoff

That still doesn't make it right! Vote Blue

Jarrod Barger
Jarrod Barger

Remember folks: In Arizona the laws don't apply to you if you are a rich, white Republican.

Mary Shoff
Mary Shoff

Vote for Democrats Arizona! Save our state! \U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Mary Shoff
Mary Shoff

Hell NO it's not okay! If he is a cheater now, how do you think he will be in office? Arizona now is the time to vote blue! The GOP is in the NRA's pocket, McCain is always trying to get in a war! Schweikert and Flake won't even vote yes on a simple, sensible background check, while people are slaughtered everyday! We need to vote in Democrats! The GOP has proven they can't do anything! Not one bill passed!\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Kevin Moyers
Kevin Moyers

The thing with politicians is that either they've been caught doing something wrong or they haven't. None are innocent.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Why is it that so many people who post via Facebook are unable to understand that there is no evidence that he knew the signatures were forgeries?  None at all.  Nobody even made that accusation, until this reporter implied wrong-doing.


Buzza Wuzza
Buzza Wuzza

the rigged game has some sloppy moments

Johnny Rychlicki III
Johnny Rychlicki III

It's Arizona and Maricopa County is full of corrupt old white racist bigots.

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

It was only about 7 signatures and the court found that he, in no way, had any knowledge that they were fake. Also, taking into consideration the fact that his opponent Don Shooter is one of the worst people in this state, then yes, I am glad he is still on the ballot.

Kiyaani Fine Art
Kiyaani Fine Art

No but it's gonna happen whether it's illegal or not. Social media is only catching up to what's been happening NOT what's currently happening .

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

This state is run by republicans. What else did you expect?

Toby Stahl
Toby Stahl

Jennifer Bercham, how many people have been proven to have voted illegally?

Jeremy Caron
Jeremy Caron

Um no .. Is this a serious question.. Lol

mark1367
mark1367

What does it take to get tossed off a ballot in Arizona?

Gary Trayler
Gary Trayler

NO! Why has he not been charged with felony? Why is he not out on bail?

Eric Troje
Eric Troje

I'd bet an independent candidate would be treated differently.

Patty Tusay
Patty Tusay

I too have lived in many states but this one tops the cake. Politicians cover each others butts. Pathetic. We are the laughing stock mix the nation. No tunnel vision here lady. Lived longer than you and lived from NY to FL CO to CA and now in this corrupt racist state.

Patty Tusay
Patty Tusay

Being a criminal in AZ means nothing. No consequences. This state is corrupt beyond reason. Criminals and liars are running for office!! No one cares. No wonder we are the laughing stock of the nation.

Daniel Rush
Daniel Rush

The criminal behaviour of our state officials...all of them, is staggering! Quit voting for Republicans!

John Phoenix
John Phoenix

My tunnel vision prevents me from caring about Illinois or ND ;-P

Josh Benson
Josh Benson

Absolutely not... What the hell are the rules for if not this type of BS? There should be organized boo'ing for him everywhere he goes now!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative "Why is it that so many people who post via Facebook are ..."


... low information imbeciles?


Failbook is for fools and tools. It's the Faux News / Sports Fanatic demographic of the internet, double-digit IQ drooling retards.





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