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Indiana: 12 indicted for vote fraud in East Chicago

The Gary Post-Tribune reports: A Lake County police officer was among 12 people indicted Wednesday for vote fraud in East Chicago.

Ponciano Herrera, a 12-year veteran of the Lake County Police Department, an associate of Sheriff Roy Dominguez and an East Chicago precinct committeeman, was charged with four counts of perjury and four counts of fraud, all felonies.

Herrera and the other indictees allegedly induced people to sign false or incomplete absentee ballots, or themselves voted outside their home precincts during the 2003 East Chicago Democratic primary, which featured a hard-fought campaign for mayor between incumbent Robert Pastrick and challenger George Pabey.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Herrera convinced four of his neighbors — a deaf brother and sister and two mentally retarded people — to sign their absentee ballots and turn them over to him without voting. -- News - Post-Tribune (Northwest Indiana)

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