Hand County residents involved in Nominating petition charges

Posted June 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Charges were files against Dr Annett Bosworth, former Republican Senate Candidate on June 3, 2014. The complaint alleges that Bosworth filed nominating petitions with the Secretary of State’s office that were gathered illegally.

Some of the signatures in question were obtained at the Millerdale Colony.

“The election complaints received by the Secretary of State involve conduct that is serious, deliberate, and must be addressed in order to preserve the integrity of our elections,” Jackley said in a statement. “Because this is a federal elected office, I have and will continue to discuss the investigation with federal authorities.”

“A political intimidation scheme” stated Bosworth about the charges against her. Bosworth was running for U.S. Senate against former Gov. Mike Rounds, Stace Nelson, Jason Ravnsborg and Larry Rhoden.

In an affidavit submitted by Bryan Gortmaker of the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, it states Bosworth personally circulated nominating petitions and personally gathered signatures in South Dakota between the date of January 5, 2014 and January 15, 2014 while she was on a publicized medical mission trip to the Philippines.

“The Colony had been contacted by phone by Dr. Bosworth and one nominating petition came to them by mail, asking that the petition be signed and she would take care of the rest,” Gortmaker wrote, referring to a petition sent to the Millerdale Colony in Miller. Hutterites live a life centered on their religion on German-speaking colonies scattered across northern United States and Canada.

Hand County Sheriff Doug DeBoer and Gortmaker went to 35350 206th Street, Miller. None of the signatories, on the petition that I interviewed signed it in front Dr. Bosworth, and one individual signed for several others on the nominating petition before it was mailed back.

Bosworth was alerted to the charges and turned herself in Wednesday noon.