ISP investigating allegations of voter registration fraud

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INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – Indiana State Police is investigating allegations of suspicious and fraudulent voter registration.

Detectives have confirmed several instances of fraudulent voter registration forms being submitted in Marion and Hendricks counties. The forms had missing, incomplete and incorrect information.

State police said the fraudulent forms were submitted by an organization called the Indiana Voter Registration Project.

Police spokesman Capt. Dave Bursten told the Associated Press Thursday at least 10 voter registration forms are confirmed to have fraudulent information, which were among more than 28,000 that were submitted.

Christy Setzer, spokeswoman for the Indiana Voter Registration Project, said they reviewed tens of thousands of applications and identified a small handful that may been incomplete or inaccurate and immediately took action. She said they are and will continue to work with Indiana authorities to resolve these issues, so that no one is prevented from voting in November. The full statement released from the group is included at the bottom of this story.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson is urging voters to check their registrations to ensure accuracy. She said the group was altering already registered voters’ information and submitting forged applications.

“Election integrity and security is a top priority,” Lawson said in a news release. “We are working with the state police to ensure this matter is addressed quickly. I encourage all Hoosiers to be vigilant at this time and to monitor their voter registrations until the close of the voter registration deadline.”

The deadline to register is Oct. 11. Lawson believes the group may continue to try to operate this scheme until the deadline ends.

It’s unknown at this time if the problem is only in Marion and Hendricks counties. Detectives said as the case unfolds, it’s possible more counties could be affected.

No further information from state police is available at this time as the investigation remains ongoing.

If you would like to register to vote or check your information, you can do so online at IndianaVoters.com.

If you find your information has been changed without your knowledge, you should immediately contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 866-IN-1-VOTE.

The following is the statement released Thursday from the Indiana Voter Registration Project:

“We sincerely hope that no one in a partisan elected position is using their office in an effort to make it harder for the people of Indiana to vote.  The Indiana Voter Registration Project is a nonpartisan effort to ensure that all Indianans who are eligible to vote can do so.  As part of its quality-assurance program, the Indiana Voter Registration Project has reviewed tens of thousands of applications and identified a small handful that may have had incomplete or inaccurate information and, in those instances, we immediately informed the Registrar and asked them to double check those forms for accuracy.  We have and will continue to work with Indiana authorities to resolve these issues, so that no one is prevented from voting in November who is eligible to do so.”

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