To recap, on March 2, 2012 Rev. Ajabu turned in over 4,700 signatures to the Marion County Board of Voter Registration (MCBVR) for review. The MCBVR certified 1,300 of those signatures as being signatures of registered voters in the 7th Congressional District. (A later review revealed an additional 130 or so valid signatures were missed by the MCBVR.) When Rev. Ajabu submitted a second batch of some 4,421 signatures on June 26, 2012, the Directors of the MCBVR summarily declared that the petitions, consisting of 443 pages, contained no valid signatures whatsoever. A review of those documents forwarded directly to the Secretary of State's Office from the MCBVR indicate that, unlike the first batch, the second batch of petitions were never reviewed by the MCBVR.
Paul K. Ogden, counsel for Rev. Ajabu, added: "While the Marion County Board of Voter Registration has a history of letting politics intrude upon the purely ministerial job of reviewing whether signatures are of registered voters, the action the Directors have taken in this case cross ethical, and quite possibly, legal lines. The Directors simply refused to review the signatures on Rev. Ajabu's petition in a transparent attempt to exclude him from the ballot. I think it is very possible that the MCBVA may have been acting on the instructions of Marion County Democratic Chairman Ed Treacy when it refused to review the second batch of petitions which would have revealed Rev. Ajabu easily qualified for the ballot as an independent candidate."
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