Court documents: Employees admit to voter registration fraud

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/WLFI) — Employees of a voter registration group admit to police they fabricated or forged the signatures of Indiana voters.

According to News 18’s sister station, WISH-TV in Indianapolis, staff with the Indiana Voter Registration Project told Indiana State Police they were under pressure to register voters. That led some to forge signatures or reregister people already signed up to vote to reach quota.

However, an attorney for the Indiana Voter Registration Project says that’s not true.

“There’s no quotas. But as you can imagine, if somebody goes out and they don’t have any applications, they are not doing their work,” said Linda Pence, Indiana Voter Registration Project attorney. “So you expect people to come back with some applications, but there are no quotas. This is a respectable organization.”

But court records show, at least three employees said there was pressure to meet daily quotas of at least 10 registered voters. Another worker told police her supervisor told her to do so “by any means necessary.”

State police say they were tipped off by the Hendricks County clerk, who says she noticed forms where signatures didn’t match up.

A spokesman for the Indiana Voter Registration Project’s parent company, Patriot Majority USA, released a statement that said, in part, “… Most of the canvassers mentioned in these warrants were fired, let go, not called back or quit before the state police became involved in this matter.”

So far, no criminal charges have been filed.