Voter registration fraud investigation extended to 7 counties


INDIANA (WTHI) – The investigation into alleged filling of fraudulent voter application information has expanded into additional counties in Indiana.

Indiana State Police reports the original investigation began in August in Hendricks and Marion counties. The investigation now includes Allen, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Lake and Madison counties.

Detectives with Indiana State Police obtained a search warrant for the business offices of the Indiana Voter Registration Project, located at 2425 North Meridian Street, Suite A, in downtown Indianapolis. The search warrant was served Tuesday morning.

The affidavit and search warrant are sealed for 30 days, which means not a lot of information is available at this time. But, Indiana State Police reports there are important points related to this ongoing investigation including:

• In accordance with state law, all voter registration applications received by Indiana voter registration offices are processed according to established policies
• A representative sample of voter registration applications received by county voter registration offices suspected of being fraudulent have been COPIED and provided to state police detectives. In all cases the ORIGINAL applications are maintained by the appropriate voter registration office
• The expanded number of counties involved leads investigators to believe the total of potentially fraudulent records may be in the hundreds, thus creating a potential to disenfranchise many voters
• The possible fraudulent or false information is a combination of made up names and made up addresses, real names with made up or incorrect addresses and false dates of births with real names as well as combinations of all these examples.

Victims of the activities by some agents of the Indiana Voter Registration Project may not discover they have been disenfranchised from voting until they go to vote and realize their voting information has been altered. Such action may result in the citizen having to cast a provisional ballot.

There are simple steps people can take now, before the election, to protect their right to vote by ensuring they are properly registered. Check out this site and follow the directions to confirm you are properly registered.

If after checking this source, a citizen discovers inaccurate information that indicates they could be a victim, they should contact their local voter registration office and the 24 hour Indiana State Police Voter Registration Application Fraud tip line of 888-603-3147.