In January 2011, the Dona Ana County Clerk's Office received absentee ballot applications signed by Governor Susana Martinez and First Gentleman Chuck Franco. One problem: The signature on Franco's ballot application matched Martinez's and that's a criminal violation of the Election Code.
The County Clerk's staffer opening the application envelope thought something was amiss. So did her supervisor and the County Clerk. They told Secretary of State Dianna Duran it was wrong.
What do you think? Judge for yourself.
The signature of Chuck Franco looked suspicious to the Dona Ana County Clerk. When they checked, they found it doesn't match his voter registration card.
The two applications even appear to have been prepared together.
View the applications and original signatures side-by-side and judge for yourself.
The signature on an application to vote must be signed by the actual voter. That's the law. Governor Martinez forged the signature of Chuck Franco.
The application to vote properly signed by Governor Martinez.