Both Sides Allege Disenfranchisement In Voter Registration Project Raid

Oct 5, 2016

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State police are expanding their investigation into possible cases of voter registration fraud.

It started with registration forms originating in Hendricks and Marion counties but police say they’re now looking at seven additional counties across the state.

Allen, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Lake and Madison Counties are all included in the new investigation.

The Indiana Voter Registration Project is at the center of the investigation.

VRP officials sent a press release Tuesday condemning what they call a "raid" by police, alleging it was a coordinated effort to keep as many as 45,000 African-American voters from the polls.

Indiana State Police spokesman Sergeant John Perrine  says more than 100 registration forms could have been compromised, but he says investigators are still determining if the Indiana Voter registration Project did this intentionally after taking voters’ information for registration.

“Somewhere between that and the time it’s turned in, some of these applications have false information or some of them have forged signatures, or they’re incomplete, and so we’re trying to determine exactly why those forms are being turned in to the local voter authorities,” said Perrine. 

Perrine says he doesn’t think the investigation will be finished by Election Day, so he encourages Hoosiers to check their voter registration online to ensure they will be able to vote in their proper precinct on Election Day without any problems.