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GOP calls for Justice investigation

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb said Monday he would submit a formal request to the U.S. Department of Justice requesting an investigation into allegedly forged signatures on the presidential ballot petitions for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2008.

The move comes after a joint investigation between the South Bend Tribune and Howey Politics uncovered multiple examples of forgeries -- including the county prosecutor -- on the forms submitted by the campaigns.

The paper reported the problem appeared to be confined to the 2nd Congressional District.

"The integrity of every election is of the utmost importance. Hoosiers deserve the peace of mind knowing their votes were counted and their elections conducted in a free and fair way," Holcomb said.

"This weekend's disturbing news that perhaps hundreds of ballot access petition signatures submitted by the campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are fraudulent raises real questions about the integrity of our process and whether or not those individuals should have been on the primary ballot in the first place.

"With candidates for office currently collecting signatures before the 2012 election cycle deadline, it is imperative we get to the bottom of this so it does not happen again."

Mary Hatton, spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney David Capp, Northern District of Indiana, said he has been out of the office and has nothing to say on the matter.

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