Q: Is it perjury for an indep. candidate to sign the circulator's oath stating he was the sheet circulator but was not?
The Independent candidate petitioning has 18 pages of signatures. He signed the sworn Circulator's Affidavit on all 18 pages. We have electors that have signed statements and will testify that he was not the circulator. He has perjured himself. Is this grounds to reject his petition? Can he be prosecuted for perjury?
A: Not perjury per se. It is making a false affidavit which in many states is a different offense. Yes it would invalidate petitions in most states. Note that there is a deadline for filing objections to petitions .
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