I would also refer you to another case of petition fraud - Congressman Thad McCotter of Michigan - a Republican who just happened to be my Congressman.
AG - Schuette Announces Two Convictions In McCotter Petition Scandal
Not only did McCotter get on the ballot fraudulenty when he was caught, but he also did the same thing in at least two previous elections in which he was elected. This guy sat in Congress representing me and 700,000 other Michiganders and he cheated to get there.
here is a guy who pleaded guilty to a similar offense after forging 4,000 signatures to get Republican Newt Gingrich on the Virginia ballot
I join with you in condemning such a practice. But lets be clear that petition chicanery is not the same as election ballot fraud. My challenge was to present verifiable evidence of mail ballot fraud and this article did not do so.