Democrats: Indiana voter fraud investigation politically motivated

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indiana Democratic Party is firing back at Indiana’s secretary of state, saying she’s misleading Hoosiers on voter registration irregularities.

Democrats say the accusations by Secretary of State Connie Lawson were politically motivated, especially in an election cycle where voter turnout is expected to be high.

Earlier this week Lawson said thousands of birth dates and names on voter registrations were changed. Those comments prompted an Indiana State Police investigation into possible voter fraud.

On Wednesday, Lawson clarified her original statement. She now says people may have rushed to correct their names or birth dates and that it mat not be widespread fraud.

Democrats echoed that belief Thursday, saying it’s very possible the disparities are because people moved or got married and didn’t update their information. But they fear that voters may hear “voter fraud” and think their vote doesn’t count.

Democrats say that’s simply not the case.

“Secretary of State Connie Lawson rushed to judgement without apparently knowing all the facts or without doing her homework,” said Drew Anderson, the communications director for the Indiana Democratic Party.

“Secretary Lawson didn’t do this on accident,” said Peter Hanscom, the executive director for the Coordinated Campaign for the party. “She is misinforming the public, leading to confusion and preventing election administrators from doing their jobs.”

While voter registration is closed, you can still confirm your registration by clicking here. If you have additional questions, you can also call 1-866-IN-1-VOTE.