Are the Dems Committing Vote Fraud?

The last thing Melissa Bean, the freshman Rep from Illinois' 8th CD, wants to see leading up to November's election is Bill Scheurer.

Scheurer, whom Bean defeated in the 2004 primary en route to becoming the first Democrat to take the seat since the New Deal era, is running as an independent this time around. His platform is simple: get out of Iraq, balance the budget and provide universal health coverage -- in that order.

For Congressional Dems, holding the seat is crucial to retaking the House; for the GOP, the seat is a prime pick-up opportunity. The DCCC and the NRCC are both expected to pour tons of cash into the district. Both view Scheurer as a potential "spoiler" for Bean. The question is: to what lengths are the Dems willing to go to keep him from getting the 13,950 signatures required to get on the ballot?

That's where our story gets fishy.

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