Benton Harbor, Mich. Benton Harbor officials are vowing to crack down on fraudulent petition signatures, like the ones submitted to propose the recall of Mayor James Hightower.
Petitions were filed earlier this month, but it was not enough to get the recall on the ballot. During the process of collecting signatures, some irregularities prompted an investigation.
The Prosecutor's Office determined that 251 of the signatures turned in had to be disqualified for various reasons. Those reasons included qualified voters signing twice, and signatures from those not qualified to vote.
Thursday, the Prosecutors Office released a statement saying identification issues prevent them from prosecuting fraudulent petitions so far. They say they will, however, look for ways to prosecute such behavior in the future.