TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – With the election just a few weeks away, Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey said her office is on high alert after reports of voter registration fraud in several other nearby Indiana counties.
Indiana State Police began its investigation in August.
Authorities said several voter registration forms in Indiana had fraudulent information.
“False voter registration forms are being submitted,” Coffey explained. “They have just enough information that they pass the test, but they are altering current voter’s records, and they’re adding people who don’t exist.”
Although this isn’t happening in Tippecanoe County, every election year one of Coffey’s biggest concerns is someone who isn’t eligible to vote will end up casting a ballot.
“Or that a voter who is registered and should be able to vote, they can possibly access their record in advance and then when that voter shows up to vote, our system will look like that person already cast their ballot so then we’ll have an issue with that,” Coffey explained.
If this was to happen in Tippecanoe County, Coffey said the process would be the same.
“If a voter comes in and says that they didn’t vote that ballot, then we’ll have to go audit the records,” Coffey explained. “So, anyone who might end up in that situation should cast a provisional ballot and give us the 10 days to check our records.”
Coffey said they always worry more about these type of situations during presidential elections.
“The volume of registrations is higher and the volume of voters is higher,” Coffey said. “The odds of someone putting something through and us not catching it is greater this year than it would be in an off year.”
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