Count My Vote pushes back against claims of fraudulent signatures in court filing

Two Utahns who claim that they had their names fraudulently added to the Count My Voice petition initiative joined an effort to intervene in CMV’s appeal to the Utah Supreme Court. But, CMV says their claims of fraud appear to be meritless.

In a court filing, Mary Roberson and William Roberson claim that Count My Vote signature gatherers came to their home, but they declined to sign the ballot initiative. The court filing says the two later “discovered their names and purported signatures on the CMV petition.” As a result, the Robersons filed signature removal requests.

However, Count My Vote’s response to the filing says the signatures on the CMV petition and the signature removal requests “appear to  be an exact match to the Roberson’s signatures on the removal requests.” 

The signature forms are below.

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Count My Vote argues the request by the Robersons and Keep My Voice, the group that worked to keep CMV off the ballot, to intervene in their appeal should not be allowed because their arguments do not relate to CMV’s dispute over the constitutionality of parts of Utah’s election code. 

The issues raised by KMV and the Robersons would “inject into these proceedings a series of factual disputes that range far beyond the narrow scope of the petition” according to the CMV response.

Emails to KMV’s attorney, Morgan Philpot, requesting comment on CMV’s filing were not returned.

The Utah Supreme Court announced Tuesday that oral arguments in CMV’s appeal originally scheduled for July 23rd had been postponed to a later date.