State officials release statements on voter registration fraud allegations
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Multiple Indiana officials issued statement regarding the investigation into possible voter registration fraud Wednesday.
The leader of the Indiana State Police issued a statement responding to allegation of voter disenfranchisement from Patriot Majority USA.
“Let me be clear: Among the highest priorities of the Indiana State Police is ensuring the integrity of this election and that every Hoosier vote counts,” said Superintendent Doug Carter.
“It is very important to recognize that instead of telling Hoosiers they would cooperate with our investigation and working with Indiana officials to get to the bottom of the fraud issue, Patriot Majority USA instead launched a partisan advertising campaign accusing Governor Pence of leading a ‘government attack against’ Hoosiers and the Indiana State Police of ‘police intimidation,’” said Carter.
“We at the Indiana State Police have one goal: To enforce the laws of Indiana, and in this case, the laws associated with voter registration to ensure every Hoosier who is eligible to vote can cast a vote with confidence that their vote will count and they will not be disenfranchised as a result of the criminal actions of others,” said Carter.
Patriot Majority USA’s president issued a statement in response to superintendent carter:
“Everybody here needs to take a deep breath and count to ten. We believe, based on what Connie Lawson said two years ago, that one-in-eight files on the statewide voter file in Indiana may have inaccuracies, and that the statewide voter file, as it exists today, is a flawed piece of information on which to make unsubstantiated assertions. We’d be happy to explain to anyone who wants to know why we believe the state’s voter file has inaccurate information, but we also think everybody needs to calm down in order to make sure that the people who are actually entitled to vote, including new registrants, get the right to exercise their voting rights in both early voting and on November 8.”
Officials with the Indiana Democratic Party are calling for all political parties to work together to build confidence in our election system as police investigate.
“There is a heightened sense of uneasiness this fall, unfortunately stoked by partisan motivations from those who want to erode the public’s confidence in our elections system,” said John Zody, Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party. “Instead, I am calling on leaders in all parties to work together to build confidence in our system of elections both locally and at the state and national levels.”
Zody believes the irregularities in voter registration information should be examined in a transparent fashion and not rush to judgment and assume fraud. He’s hopeful these problems can be solved in a bipartisan way. He says a Republican chief state legislator and local election official agree with him.
“It should be the goal of all political parties, campaigns, and election administrators to ensure that everyone eligible, regardless of political affiliation, is able to exercise their right to vote in this important election,” said Zody.