Update (October 7, 2016): A total of 56 counties have now been added to the investigation.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana State Police raided the Indiana Voter Registration Project Tuesday as they investigate allegations of fraudulent voter application information in multiple Indiana counties.
The investigation originally involved Hendricks and Marion counties but has since expanded to include Allen, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Lake and Madison counties, state police said.
ISP says the investigation into the Indiana Voter Registration Project began after they were tipped off by the Hendricks County Clerk's office to inaccuracies in registration forms.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the business offices of the Indiana Voter Registration Project, 2425 North Meridian Street, Suite A, in downtown Indianapolis. The affidavit and search warrant are sealed for a period of 30 days from the time the warrant was granted, which was Oct. 3, 2016.
State police described the investigation as a “complex” one and said it would continue for several more weeks or months.
"Some people are having the incorrect names, with incorrect addresses, or the correct names with incorrect addresses, or the correct names with incorrect date of birth and that will come to play, if you go to vote, they’re not going to let you vote," said ISP Sgt. Rich Myers.
State police outlined the following points about the current investigation:
- In accordance with state law, all voter registration applications received by Indiana voter registration offices are processed according to established policies
- A representative sample of voter registration applications received by county voter registration offices suspected of being fraudulent have been COPIED and provided to state police detectives. In all cases the ORIGINAL applications are maintained by the appropriate voter registration office
- The expanded number of counties involved leads investigators to believe the total of potentially fraudulent records may be in the hundreds, thus creating a potential to disenfranchise many voters
- The possible fraudulent or false information is a combination of made up names and made up addresses, real names with made up or incorrect addresses and false dates of births with real names as well as combinations of all these examples.
State police said the major concern is that voters may not know their information has been changed, leading them to be disenfranchised when they arrive at their polling place on Election Day. As a result, they may have to cast a provisional ballot.
Patriot Majority USA President Craig Varoga released this statement on behalf of the Indiana Voter Registration Project:
“After all is said and done, when this partisan investigation finds no wrongdoing by the organization, Connie Lawson and the Indiana State Police will have prevented 45,000 African Americans from voting in this year’s elections. That is why today we reported their outrageous actions to the Department of Justice.”
They urge voters to check their registration at indianavoters.com. Anyone who notices a problem should contact the 24-hour Indiana State Police Voter Registration Application Fraud tip line of 888-603-3147.