By Rafael Trujillo 10/26/16
Patriot Majority USA says that it has submitted some 40,000 registration forms this year. This is a liberal group that runs the Indiana Voter Registration Program, and it calls itself the largest voter registration program of African-Americans in the state. The problem begins when the Indiana State Police expanded an earlier probe that found missing, incomplete and incorrect information in the registration forms.
The investigation started in only a handful of counties and expanded to cover 56 out of 92 of them. Police obtained and executed a search warrant for the Indianapolis offices of the Indiana Voter Registration Project.
Indiana’s Secretary of State Connie Lawson informed the media that her office received phone calls from voters who had voted in the primary, but found out their date of birth or first name had been changed when they went back to check their registration.
There are only three ways to change the voter registration records in the state: paper forms submitted to the country election office, paper forms submitted to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and online at Indianavoters.com. “We looked onto the Statewide Voter Registration System and noticed that there had been an unusually high number of date of birth and first name changes,” the secretary of state’s office declared last week.
There were thousands of changes found in this case which were made in all three ways, according to the secretary of state’s office. Officials don’t believe the registration system was hacked. “We believe this may be a case of voter fraud and has turned our findings over to the State Police, who are currently conducting an investigation into alleged voter fraud,” Lawson said.
State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said the results of the investigation are unlikely to be completed before Election Day.
Indiana Democrats believe the actions by Carter and Lawson are politically motivated. William Groth, who has represented Democrats in election related issues, alerted that Carter and Lawson have ties with Mike Pence, Indiana’s Governor and Vice President Nominee for the Republican Party. Lawson said in a statement that “playing politics with voter registration is absurd.” Carter responded by saying that the investigation won’t “be driven by politics.”
The controversy starts when one side say they are trying to prevent fraud, and the other side allege those are effort to restrict voting.