Vigo Co. not included in ISP voter fraud investigation


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Indiana State Police announced its investigation into voter registration fraud, specifically involving the Indiana Voter Registration Project, has expanded to 56 counties.  This includes Clay, Owen, Greene, Martin, Daviess, and Knox counties in the News 10 viewing area.

This list does not include Vigo County… for now.

Indiana State Police say it’s investigation includes two major aspects. First, some voter registration applications have incorrect address or social security numbers for applicants.  Second, the applicant is already registered and the application changes something on the registration form.

“When they go in to vote, it’s going to raise a flag and make that ballot a provisional ballot,” said Bob Lawson of the Vigo County Voter Registration Office.

Lawson says that voter would then have to go through a procedure to have his or her ballot counted after the election. Voter registration fraud is the last thing Vigo County’s Voter Registration Office wants to see with the deadline to register for the November election so close (Tuesday, October 11th). Lawson says his office follows state law and reviews each application very closely.

“We’ve had to call in one or two applications this election cycle, because something that came up didn’t match,” said Lawson.

If you register to vote on October 11th, you should give about 10 days for your application to be processed.  During that time, it will be scrutinized, not so much for errors you made, but to protect you from fraudulent attempts to steal your vote.

“We look at everything very closely, and anything we would have a questions with, we would call the state immediately,” said Lawson.

The Vigo County Voter Registration Office will over a Drive-in Voter Registration event at the courthouse on the 11th.  You’ll find office personnel taking completed voter registration applications from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the 1st and Cherry Street intersection.