St. Joseph County prosecutor to review dubious petitions

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SOUTH BEND - A northern Indiana county prosecutor says he will oversee the investigation into apparently forged signatures on Democratic presidential candidate petitions after federal officials declined to take the case.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak says the U.S. attorney's office for northern Indiana told him it wouldn't investigate allegations of fraudulent petitions to place a candidate on the primary ballot but would review instances of voter fraud or vote tabulation misconduct.

Dvorak says he has asked Indiana State Police to investigate what the South Bend Tribune reports are pages from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton petitions for the 2008 primary with names and signatures that appear to have been copied by hand from another candidate's petition.

The state Republican chairman last week requested a federal investigation.

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