State Police: Voter Fraud Now in Several More Counties
FT. WAYNE, Ind.--Voter fraud is now being investigated by the Indiana State Police in several more counties after an investigation that started just over one month ago.
The investigation that began in late August of 2016 alleging the filing of fraudulent voter application information has expanded from the original involved counties of Hendricks and Marion to also include the counties of Allen, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Lake and Madison.
As part of the expanded investigation, state police detectives obtained a search warrant for the business offices of the Indiana Voter Registration Project, located at 2425 North Meridian Street, Suite A, in downtown Indianapolis.
The search warrant was served mid-morning today.
Important points related to this ongoing investigation, according to the State Police:
- 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.
“Election integrity and security is a top priority,” said Sec. of State Connie Lawson. “I encourage all Hoosiers to be vigilant at this time and to monitor their voter registrations until the close of the voter registration deadline.”
Lawson said you can make sure your information is correct at Indianavoters.com or on the Indiana Voters app. Voters who find their information has been changed without their knowledge should immediately contact the Secretary of State’s office at 1-866-IN-1-Vote (1-866-461-8683).
Valerie Warycha, with the Secretary of State's office said you should check your voter information now and continue checking it until the Oct. 11 registration deadline to make sure you're registered.