State Police Boss Says Allegations Of Racism Are "Unconscionable"
Two weeks remain until Election Day and the Indiana State Police investigation into reports of possible voter registration fraud by the Indiana Voter Registration Project shows no signs of slowing down.
WIBC Morning News Host Tony Katz sits down with ISP Superintendent Douglas Carter and Chief Information Officer Capt. Dave Bursten to discuss new developments in the case and address the allegations of racism being made by Democratic operative Craig Varoga and IVRP parent group Patriot Majority USA.
Superintendent Carter makes it clear that the ISP investigation is impartial and not driven by politics:
The notion that there is voter fraud is very real. And our job is not to hand-pick these investigations. Our job is to receive that information, try and determine if it's credible in a relatively quick amount of time and then attach the appropriate resources so this is ethically bound and impartial. And that's what we're doing now.
This didn't start with the Secretary of State. It started with a case over in Hendricks County. This will not be driven by politics. It will be driven by process and what we are expected to do legally and that's exactly what we'll do.
On Friday, Superintendent Carter told WIBC newsgathering partner RTV6 that detectives have found evidence of voter fraud. Capt. Bursten gives a limited description of the evidence that's been found so far:
What we can expand on is very minimal. We can tell you there are indications of people's names being signed--forgery, when it's not that person. We're seeing incidents of fraudulent information--names that are just made up and then submitted as being a voter.
To what purpose, we don't know. That's the purpose of the investigation. Were these acts of gross negligence, or were they acts of intent? That's what we don't know and we don't want to speculate on.
Superintendent Carter vehemently rejects claims that he, Governor Pence, or anyone else within state government are trying to disenfranchise thousands of African-American voters.
I don't have a racial bone in my body. I would do anything for any human being and the notion that I would pick a certain class of people because of what they look like or the color of their skin or the way they think is absolutely unconscionable and strikes at the very core of my being.
I wish people knew Mike Pence like me. The thought that he would come to me and make this dark, shady deal to do something that he knew was wrong is as unconscionable as anything I've ever heard in my entire adult life. I have not talked to Mike Pence about this...and I'm going to be very frank with you: the notion that he would try and influence this is crazy.
Hear the rest of Tony's conversation with Superintendent Carter and Capt. Bursten below: