Jeff Beatty issued a press release that a letter was hand delivered to Bill Galvin to investigate voter fraud by the Ogonowski campaign. As to the letter, (which is listed under the press release with affidavit) states:
The letter points to an affidavit signed by a registered Republican voter in Chelmsford, MA stating that his signature was fraudulently placed on nomination papers for Mr. Ogonowski’s campaign. This voter was also told that, in addition to his faked signature, deceased individuals also appeared on some of Mr. Ogonowski’s nomination papers.
Beatty urges Galvin to pursue criminal fraud and identity theft crimes:
1. We ask that you inform and involve the Law Enforcement resources of the Commonwealth to investigate the information included in the above mentioned affidavit (In addition to being a possible violation of Ballot Law, the alleged fraudulent signature and alleged signatures of deceased persons are potentially criminal fraud and identity theft crimes).
2. We ask that you further engage the Law Enforcement resources of the Commonwealth to investigate any other similar reports from City and Town Clerks or citizens.
Ogo say it ain’t so.
From the Herald
Ogo’s camp says it’s someone else’s fault:
A spokeswoman for the Ogonowski campaign said in a statement that it did not deliberately tamper with the nomination papers.
“I think it’s incredibly inappropriate to make these accusations against Jim Ogonowski,” said the spokeswoman, Alicia Preston. “We can’t control the people who walk up and sign on and we can’t control where they sign. That’s why there’s a certification process, and this shows that the process is flawed.”
Galvin’s office statement:
Galvin’s spokesman Brian McNiff said all complaints about inaccuracies or fraud on nomination papers go before the State Ballot Law Commission.
The commission will review the information and make a ruling, which could include removing the candidate’s name from an election ballot.
If fraud is found, the panel could forward the information to the attorney general’s office for prosecution