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Indiana Sec. Of State: Changed Names, Birthdates In Voter Registration System May Be Fraud

Posted On October 19, 2016

By Mike Perleberg

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(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana State Police are investigating what could be another case of voter fraud in Indiana.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Tuesday that the first names and birthdates of thousands of voters were found changed on paper forms, at the BMV, and online. The discrepancies have caused some voters to contact the Secretary of State’s office with concerns that they are not registered because their voter registration information in the Statewide Voter Registration System could not be located on IndianaVoters.com.

“These records were changed on paper forms, at the BMV and online,” said Lawson. “At this time, my office is not sure why these records were changed, but we have evaluated the Statewide Voter Registration System and have found no indication it has been compromised. We believe this may be a case of voter fraud and have turned our findings over to the State Police, who are currently conducting an investigation into alleged voter fraud.”

Many of the affected voters did vote in the May primary election.

The findings have been turned over to the Indiana State Police, who are already investigating unrelated cases of voter registration fraud in 56 counties, including Dearborn and Franklin.

The Secretary of State has advice for affected residents. Voters who voted in the Primary Election and can no longer find themselves on IndianaVoters.com are encouraged to contact their local county election officials. The county election offices may be able to find a voter’s record if there is an issue with a voter’s date of birth or first name.

However, since Indiana’s voter registration deadline passed on October 11, only county election offices may be able to assist voters to correct information under limited circumstances.

Voters who find their date of birth or first name is incorrect on their registration will still be able to vote in the November 8th General Election. Voters who explore entering different dates of birth may discover their record. They would then be able to correct their date of birth for their voting record on IndianaVoters.com. The correction will not take place until 30 days after the election, but the voter will be able to vote on November 8th or participate in early voting.

Lawson’s office is encouraging all Hoosiers to vote early in the event there is a problem casting a ballot.

Voters with questions should call the Hoosier Voter Hotline at 1-866-IN-1-VOTE.

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