Annette Bosworth continues to testify in her perjury trial this afternoon. Much has been said, much will still be said. Permit me to summarize a central point about why petitions matter, why oaths matter, and why this trial matters.
Leonard Waldner, minister at the Millerdale Hutterite Colony near Miller, testified yesterday that he forged several colony members’ signatures on Annette Bosworth’s nominating petition. He testified that Bosworth witnessed none of those signatures. Annette Bosworth signed that petition sheet swearing that she had circulated that sheet.
Annette Bosworth’s failure to perform her primary duty as a circulator allowed forged signatures to help nominate a candidate for U.S. Senate.
As commentator Greg Belfrage said last year, oaths matter. Oaths stop citizens from committing crimes. Oaths stop falsehood from undermining the integrity of our elections. Oaths protect democracy.
Annette Bosworth filed a false oath. Annette Bosworth deserves the full punishment allowed by the law for this crime against democracy.