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Jul 22, 2013 12:11 AM by Tony Spehar - tspehar@koaa.com

Morse supporters call for investigation into alleged forgery on recall petitions

The group A Whole Lot of People for John Morse will file a criminal complaint with 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May on Monday accusing those who gathered signatures to recall Sen. Morse of forgery and perjury.

Last week a Denver judge upheld the petition calling for a recall of Morse and an election date of Sept. 10 was set.

Christy Le Lait, campaign manager for A Whole Lot of People for John Morse said the group is demanding an investigation by the district attorney's office based on her group's study of part of the petition which she claimed revealed 2,149 faulty signatures including a signature from a woman who died two-years ago. The point, she said, is not to block the recall election.

"The point is that people forged people's names," Le Lait said. "That should be addressed regardless of the recall election that's going to happen, is this how we want to conduct recalls?"

Recall John Morse campaign spokesperson Jennifer Kerns told News 5 that the campaign had themselves found evidence that one or two signature gatherers may have forged a very small amount of signatures.

"It looks like that was limited to about 50, now I have to say we have a zero tolerance policy for fraud or inaccuracy," Kerns explained. "We believe that this accusation is completely, completely bogus."

Kerns said the recall campaign will assist in any criminal investigation, but said the accusation being made by A Whole Lot of People for John Morse is overblown and an attempt to sway the election.

A Whole Lot of People for John Morse will submit their complaint at the district attorney's office at 11 a.m. on Monday.

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