DA investigating forged St. George signatures
BATON ROUGE - District Attorney Hillar Moore confirmed Tuesday that his office is looking into possible charges after forged signatures were discovered on the petition to ask voters to incorporate the southern portion of East Baton Rouge Parish into a new city named St. George.
Three people reported last month that their signatures had been forged on the petition. The people said they discovered the issue after they received mailers informing them they could request to have their names removed.
Organizers of the St. George movement said they've identified two volunteers were responsible for the petitions with the forged signatures and would turn their names over to authorities.
The Registrar of Voters said the petition fell more than 2,600 signatures short of the total needed to make it onto the ballot. Supporters have gathered an additional 1,500 signature since the petition was turned in this past October, and they have around six weeks to get the rest.
Opponents of the St. George movement have since created a website for people to check if their names are on the petition and withdraw them if they wish to.
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