Voter fraud allegations under investigation

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Allegations of suspicious voter registration forms have popped up in a couple of Indiana counties.

“Having the honest vote go through is really what’s important because otherwise, ya know, what’s the point?” registered voter Nick Burlage said.

Indiana State Police have opened an investigation into claims of suspicious voter registrations in Marion and Hendricks counties. The forms, submitted by an organization called Indiana Voter Registration Project, contained wrong, missing and incomplete information.

Indiana State Police Capt. Dave Bursten said the investigation is in the very early stages.

“They’ll be examining voter registration cards that have been submitted in mass quantities to look to see if there are inconsistencies similar to what they’ve already seen,” Bursten said.

Until News 18 told him, Burlage was unaware of the allegations.

“This is definitely something that I would like to find out more about and to make sure that I’m getting the most out of my vote,” he said.

Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey said, “It’s typical during the election, especially a presidential, that we’ll get some registrations that have false information ‘123 Main Street’ things that aren’t accurate addresses submitted. But nothing like this that I’m aware of ever before.”

As of right now, Coffey said she hasn’t heard of any fraudulent registrations in Tippecanoe County. She hopes it stays that way.

“This is too critical, this is too important holding an election, especially for president and for all the other offices that are on the ballot,” Coffey said. “And just the thought that someone thinks they can come in and play is very upsetting.”

Ultimately, Coffey wants to make sure voters are keeping tabs on their registration status.

“We take elections very seriously, and everyone’s right to vote is something that we’re very concerned about,” Coffey said.

So far, detectives have confirmed at least 10 fraudulent voter registration forms in Marion and Hendricks County.

As far as any criminal charges, Bursten said it depends on what is found during the investigation.

You can check your current voter registration status here.

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