Criminal complaints have been filed today with both the Arizona Attorney General’s office and the Maricopa County Attorney’s office in the matter of the forged signatures filed by Republican candidate for State Senate Toby Farmer.
The forged signatures are at the center of a lawsuit against Farmer and his campaign that will be heard this coming Monday at 1 pm. The lawsuit will determine the validity of the signatures as well as the consequences to Farmer and his campaign for submitting them. Arizona law states that “all petitions that have been submitted by a candidate who is found guilty of petition forgery shall be disqualified and that candidate shall not be eligible to seek election to a public office for a period of not less than five years.”
Each forged signature represents a Class 1 Misdemeanor and carries a potential maximum penalty of a $2,500 fine and up to six months in jail.
In this case, Toby Farmer was the circulator of pages that contained forged signatures, according to affidavits from voter purported to have signed. It also contains signatures purported to be from voters who no longer live in Arizona. It also contains signatures from voters that Farmer claims to have collected at their homes, even when the home is empty and lender-owned. Another victim was in Florida as part of a charity bicycle ride to raise money for people with disabilities, yet Farmer claimed to have collected his signature at his mother’s home in Buckeye.
Farmer signed an affirmation on the back of each page containing forged signatures swearing that each name was signed in his presence.
As mentioned previously, Farmer’s campaign website lists his #1 priority as “Leading with Integrity”.