January 13, 2009

Petition Fraud

Virtually every election season, we have someone who is charged with petition fraud. This time around, it's a staffer from last year’s campaign of congressional candidate Jack Davis who has been charged with six counts of nominating petition fraud. The woman, Kelly Taylor of North Tonawanda, allegedly signed witness statements on petitions containing signatures she allegedly did not actually gather herself. The charges are misdemeanors, carrying maximum one-year jail terms.

Why does this happen virtually every election cycle? Because apparently none of our judges have the will to impose the necessary sentence to discourage this type of activity.

Petition fraud may sound harmless, but it's not. In this case, we're talking over 300 signatures that were allegedly collected improperly, enough to potentially disqualify someone from getting on the ballot.

Let's send a message that this type of tomfoolery will not be tolerated in Niagara County. A year in jail for the alleged violator will send that message.

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