Indiana Secretary of State says incorrect voter information is sign of potential voter fraud
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Here’s yet another reason Hoosiers should double-check their voter registration information ahead of Election Day.
Indiana voters have contacted the Secretary of State’s Office after learning their birth date or first name on their voter registration had been incorrect. As a result, they didn’t think they were registered when checking their information on indianavoters.com.
“We ran a report in the Statewide Voter Registration System and found thousands of dates of births and first names were changed,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson.
According to Lawson, the information had been changed on paper forms, at the BMV and online. Lawson said she wasn’t sure why the records were changed.
“We have evaluated the Statewide Voter Registration System and have found no indication it has been compromised,” Lawson said. “We believe this may be a case of voter fraud and have turned our findings over to the State Police.”
4 Fast Facts
- Some Hoosiers have found their information has been changed on their registration forms
- That information includes incorrect first names or birth dates
- Indiana’s Secretary of State says incorrect information could be sign of voter fraud
- Hoosiers should check their information and contact county election officials if they find a problem
State police are currently investigating allegations of voter fraud and conducted a raid two weeks ago related to the issue. On Monday, state officials assured voters that their vote would count despite claims from Republic presidential candidate Donald Trump that the upcoming election was rigged.
Checking voter registration online requires Hoosiers to put in their name, county of residence and date of birth. If one of those pieces of information is incorrect, voters can’t find their information, leading them to believe they’re not registered to vote.
Some of the voters who have encountered the issue did vote in the May Primary Election, Lawson said.
Hoosiers who voted in the primary and can’t find themselves on indianavoters.com should contact their local county election officials, who may be able to find voters’ records if there’s a problem with the date of birth or first name. County officials may be able to help voters correct the problem.
The Secretary of State’s Office offered this advice for voters who find incorrect information on their registration:
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.
Anyone with questions should call the Hoosier Voter Hotline at 1-866-IN-1-VOTE.