Voter fraud, forgery charges mar Jeffersonville mayor campaign - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Voter fraud, forgery charges mar Jeffersonville mayoral campaign

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Voter fraud and forgery charges have prompted a local campaign worker to resign -- and some people are tying it to Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan's bid for re-election.

Michael Marshall was the man in charge of getting people to vote and soliciting absentee ballots for Galligan's campaign.

WDRB News has obtained paperwork containing a summary of the indictments against Marshall. He was indicted by a Jennings County Grand Jury on Friday for multiple counts of forgery, perjury and voter fraud stemming from a 2010 investigation.

Even though the charges are in another county, Galligan says Marshall resigned from his campaign in Jeffersonville the same day.

WDRB News asked Galligan how this is affecting his campaign.

"What do you think that this says to your constituents -- this situation with Mike Marshall?" asked WDRB's Jennifer Baileys. "I mean, I know he's resigned, but he was a part of your campaign."

"He's not been convicted of anything," Galligan replied. "You can take a grand jury and get indicted on the color of your lipstick if they want to do that, but getting convicted is something else, and this was two years ago. Why is this just now coming up? Because there's an election and they're trying to sway the election."

Galligan says this is sour grapes and a ploy by the Republicans before the election to sway voters.

This morning, members of the Indiana Republican Party and former Jeffersonville Democratic Mayor Rob Waiz hosted a news conference talking about the recent indictments against Marshall and other allegations of voter fraud.

Waiz claims this isn't the first time Galligan's campaign has been involved in questionable election activity including this warehouse being used as an address for absentee voter addresses.

"There was massive absentee voter fraud that occurred back in 2007," Waiz said. "That is what happened four years ago, and with the latest developments, it appears that the latest campaign is back doing the same thing."

Galligan says he has nothing to hide and says the allegations against his former worker and friend will be cleared up.

Galligan's opponents are Republican Mike Moore and Libertarian Bob Isgrigg.

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