Changing the dates on petitions, and allowing the same person to sign more than one petition at a time. That's what activist Edward Pinkney of Benton Township is accused of doing as it relates to the effort to recall Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower. The 65-year old could face up to five years in prison for election forgery. Through a release, the Berrien County Prosecutor's Office announced the felony charges Thursday. An investigation by the Sheriff's Department of filed petitions found Pinkney to have changed the dates on five of them. Pinkney is also charged in six counts with allowing the same person to sign more than one time. He has yet to be arrested, as police have been looking for him since Thursday morning. With the special election just weeks away, it's not known how this information will impact it.
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