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Dave Olson, Published September 07 2012

Defendants: Phone books, imagination source of bogus petition signatures

FARGO – Papers filed in Cass County District Court describe how some election petition workers went from doing a legitimate job of collecting signatures for two initiated measures to padding their petitions with forged names.

The motives given ranged from a desire to keep their jobs and earn bonus pay to a sense that it was something others were doing.

Fifteen people, most of them in their 20s, have been charged with a Class A misdemeanor.

All are accused of signing a name other than their own to an election petition.

Following is a list of the individuals charged and information contained in court documents about their individual cases: