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Dearborn, Franklin Counties Now Part Of Voter Registration Fraud Probe

Posted On October 07, 2016

By Mike Perleberg

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(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Dearborn and Franklin counties are now part of an expanding investigation into voter registration fraud.

Indiana State Police announced Thursday that the investigation has expanded from just nine counties to now 57 of the 92 in Indiana.

The investigation began in late August and centers on the Indiana Voter Registration Project. The downtown Indianapolis business offices of the organization is where state police served a search warrant on Tuesday, October 4. No charges have been announced and the search warrant is under seal for 30 days from the day it was issued October 3.

“An investigation of this nature is complex, time consuming and is expected to continue for several more weeks or months,” said ISP spokesman Sgt. Dave Bursten.

Last month, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said the Indiana Voter Registration Project has turned in forged voter registration applications, with voter addresses changes to addresses not associated with the voter.

“Election integrity and security is a top priority,” said Lawson. “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.”

Investigators say victims of the activities by some agents of the Indiana Voter Registration Project may not discover they have been disenfranchised from voting until they go to vote and realize their voting information has been altered.  Such action may result in the citizen having to cast a provisional ballot.

With the Indiana voter registration deadline fast approaching on Tuesday, October 11, Indiana State Police and the Indiana Secretary of State’s office are urging Hoosiers in affected counties to check their voter registration information by visiting www.IndianaVoters.com or using the Indiana Voters app.

If a citizen finds inaccurate information on their voter registration, they are advised to contact their local voter registration office and the 24 hour Indiana State Police Voter Registration Application Fraud tip line of 888-603-3147.

“The Indiana State Police is dedicated to protecting the right for all citizens to be able to cast a valid vote regardless of political party affiliation,” said Bursten.