October 15, 2016
Indiana State Police Calls Patriot Majority USA Allegations Completely False; Has Uncovered Intentional Acts of Fraud and Will Protect the Integrity of the Election and Every Citizen’s Right to Vote
In response to accusations by Patriot Majority USA of voter suppression efforts and civil rights violations by the Indiana State Police (ISP), the ISP issued the following statement:
“Every allegation by Patriot Majority USA against the Indiana State Police is completely false. In fact, it is clear from evidence documented to date that we have uncovered intentional acts of fraud by representatives of Patriot Majority USA,” said Captain David Bursten, Chief Public Information Office for the Indiana State Police. “The Indiana State Police is charged with enforcing the laws of the state of Indiana and we are determined to protect the integrity of the election and every citizen’s right to vote.”
In late August, Hendricks County Voter Registration Officials received voter application forms that appeared to be fraudulent or forged and they contacted the Indiana State Police. Per standard protocol, the ISP then made a courtesy notification to the Indiana Secretary of State’s office that it had initiated an investigation that has since expanded to 56 Indiana counties.
Important points related to this ongoing investigation include:
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.
The expanded number of counties involved leads investigators to believe the total of potentially fraudulent records may be in the thousands, thus creating a potential to disenfranchise many voters
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
When the search warrant was executed on October 4, copies were made of voter application forms and the originals were left with representatives of Indiana Voter Registration Project, a subsidiary of Patriot Majority USA
In accordance with state law, all voter registration applications received by Indiana voter registration offices are processed according to established policies
There are simple steps citizens can take to confirm they are properly registered by visiting this site: https://indianavoters.in.gov
If after checking this source, a citizen discovers inaccurate information that indicates they could be a victim, they should contact their local voter registration office and the 24-hour Indiana State Police Voter Registration Application Fraud tip line of 888-603-3147.
October 12, 2016
Washington, D.C. – United States Congressman and former Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita, who helped write and then implemented Indiana’s landmark voter ID law and voter registration reforms, praises the Indiana State Police for their investigation and Secretary of State for her work in the face of baseless claims of racism.
“As Indiana’s former chief elections officer, I fought hard to protect the integrity of every Hoosier’s vote, and am glad to see the Indiana State Police and Secretary Lawson doing the same now. Hoosiers are fortunate to have a robust voting system in place and should be confident that this type of activity will not affect their votes. The cornerstone of the system is photo ID, but also includes other reforms like certified forms, a successfully implemented statewide voter file and photo ID for in-person absentee voting. Incidents like this demonstrate that we need strong voter ID laws and should consider expanding that requirement to the mail-in absentee ballot process.”
Rokita, while serving as Secretary of State, created a statewide voter file with safeguards that helped to catch false registrants. During his tenure, Rokita pursued multiple reforms to combat voter fraud, such as updating voter registration forms to include an affidavit to be signed by anyone assisting or submitting a form for someone else. Rokita investigated and deputized individuals to monitor the 2007 East Chicago primary election following rampant voter fraud, and also led an investigation into false registrants coming from ACORN, a voter registration group, prompting actions to secure the registration process.
To speak with Representative Rokita on election law, voter ID, absentee voting, and other subjects please contact Luke Bunting at 202-763-5601.
September 29, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Todd Rokita issued a statement after voting in favor of overturning President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).
“The House and Senate took a historic step towards restoring the checks and balances of our government by taking a hard line against President Obama’s senseless veto. Fifteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 Americans, this bill allows the families of the victims to pursue justice and finally present their case in our nation’s courts.”
JASTA amends federal law to allow civil claims against foreign countries involved in acts of terrorism perpetrated on United States soil. The measure to overturn the veto passed the House by a vote of 348 to 77, with one member voting present.
September 15, 2016
Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana State Police are investigating an allegation of suspicious and fraudulent voter registration information being submitted to the Hendricks County Clerk’s Office and the Marion County Voter Registration Office. This investigation began in late August and state police detectives have consulted with the Indiana Secretary of State Office about the investigation, since that office is charged with keeping statewide voter registration information.
The Indiana State Police does not normally speak to specific information of ongoing investigations. However, due to the potential impact these allegations may have on individual voters we are sharing the following information:
At the time of this news release state police detectives have confirmed several instances of fraudulent voter registration forms having been submitted to Marion and Hendricks County voter registration officials. The forms had missing, incomplete and incorrect information at the time they were submitted by representatives of an organization called the Indiana Voter Registration Project.
Investigations of this nature can be complex and time consuming and for this reason the state police presently has six detectives investigating other suspicious voter application forms submitted to Hendricks and Marion County voter registration personnel. At the present time it is unknown if the scope of alleged voter registration irregularities is limited to Marion and Hendricks County. As the investigation continues it is possible the scope of the investigation could expand.
Once the investigation is complete it will be submitted to the appropriate prosecuting authorities for review and action as deemed appropriate by those offices.
Included in this release is a tip line number of 1-866-IN-1-VOTE (1-866-461-8683). Indiana citizens that are registered to vote are strongly encouraged to call this number if they believe they may be a victim of voter registration fraud. There is also easy to follow information on how to check your voter registration status on the Internet at www.IndianaVoters.com
No further information is available about this ongoing state police investigation.
September 07, 2016
Residents of Avon and Danville have received calls recently from a Texas marketing firm called New Start Marketing to solicit business and support for local schools. New Start Marketing solicits local businesses to support their local schools through advertising and purchasing of a school sports schedule calendar. However, Tom Downard of the Avon Chamber of Commerce recently sent out an e-mail stating that the Avon Community School Corporation had not hired New Start Marketing for any such program.
Businesses in Danville have also complained recently about New Start Marketing’s aggressive campaign trying to solicit business purportedly to support the Danville Community School Corporation.
Businesses and residents are advised to check with their local school or chamber of commerce if there any questions as to the legitimacy of a program.
August 23, 2016
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Aug. 23, 2016) – Pennzoil joins with Don Schumacher Racing to make this year’s 11th annual DSR Open House to benefit Riley Hospital for Children the best ever with a goal of raising enough to push DSR’s contribution total to Riley Kids to nearly $500,000 over the past 11 years.
One of Indiana’s biggest indoor car shows organized by the Indy Hi-Winders Car Club will be held Sept. 2 (Friday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DSR headquarters (1681 E. Northfield Drive, Brownsburg) to help kick off the 62th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park and only 2 miles from DSR.
Pennzoil, the “The Official Oil Technology of DSR,” will provide special Open House t-shirts to the first 500 guests attending the free event.
Returning to the event that draws about 5,000 NHRA fans annually will be popular features including autograph sessions with the best current and former drag racers of all time, a big nitro Cacklefest, silent auction with live and on-line participation, various displays and some of the area’s most popular food trucks.
Also available will be tours of the DSR racecar shop that has been expanded by 25,000 square feet that provides even more room for custom cars and motorcycles, muscle cars and hot rods.
Race fans can tour the DSR fabrication shop and see the expanded machine shop.
All eight DSR drivers will be joined by owner Don Schumacher for an hour-long autograph session beginning at 1 p.m.
As an added feature, DSR will honor NHRA’s salute to “50 Years of Funny Cars” with drag racing legends Tom “Mongoose” McEwen, Ed “Ace” McCulloch, Don Schumacher and DSR crew chief and hall-of-famer Mark Oswald participating in an entertaining panel discussion about the early days of “floppers” that will be hosted by legendary drag racing announcer Bob Frey.
DSR’s support for Riley, Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, will be extended for a third year by running the #RileyDreamRacer Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car with driver Tommy Johnson Jr. that is funded by Terry Chandler.
About Riley Children’s Foundation
Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 230,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. RileyKids.org
ABOUT DON SCHUMACHER RACING
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered near Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Ind., fields eight professional NHRA teams in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the 2012 and 2015 NHRA Top Fuel world champion Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster driven by Antron Brown, the Sandvik Coromant/Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher dragster driven by 2013 world champion Shawn Langdon Leah Pritchett in the Papa John’s Pizza dragster.
In Funny Car, the Riley Kids Dodge Charger R/T driven by Tommy Johnson Jr., two-time world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots 2016 Dodge, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps.
DSR has won 283 NHRA national event titles and 14 world championships.
June 17, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS (June 15, 2016) – All consumers in central Indiana’s 317 telephone area code are strongly encouraged to use 10 digits to make local phone calls if they are not already doing so. (For example, callers should start dialing “317-555-5555” instead of “555-5555.”) This will help consumers ease into the transition to mandatory 10-digit dialing for local calls within the 317 area code.
Local calls made with either 7 or 10 digits will continue to work from now through Sept. 16, 2016, to give consumers in the 317 area ample time to adjust to the new dialing pattern and to make any required system changes before 10-digit dialing becomes mandatory for local calls. The 6-month grace period giving consumers time to adjust started in March and will reach its midpoint this week.
The change to 10-digit dialing is necessary so the new 463 area code can be added to the region this fall. The new area code will “overlay” the entire 317 region. The “overlay” method has been used for all new area code additions in the United States since 2008, including the 812/930 overlay implemented in Southern Indiana last year. With the overlay, consumers are not required to change their existing phone numbers.
The 317/463 overlay is being implemented in response to projections that all numbering supplies for 317 will be exhausted by the end of this year. To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 463 area code will be superimposed over the entire 317 region, which includes Indianapolis and most of its suburbs. Read more
Hendricks County’s Jenni L. McNaughton and Hon. Rhett Stuard appointed to State Boards & CommissionsJune 17, 2016 No comments
Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today announced his appointments to the Funding Indiana’s Roads for a Stronger, Safer Tomorrow (FIRSST) task force created by House Enrolled Act 1001 during the 2016 legislative session. The bill, signed into law by Governor Pence early this year, provided more than $1.2 billion in new funding for road and bridge preservation and established a task force to develop a long-term funding plan for state highways and bridges. Read more
May 09, 2016
Avon – The American Legion Post 145 in Avon had their grand opening last Saturday. The post has been raising money for years to move from their former location on Avon Avenue, just south of the CSX railroad tracks. The new location is 4812 E. Main, just west of Hendricks Power Cooperative.
April 27, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS (April 27, 2016) – Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb and Visit Indiana are kicking off the summer travel season with Visit Indiana Week May 1-7. In celebration of Visit Indiana Week, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is once again teaming up with Visit Indiana to offer a day of free gate admission to all Indiana state parks, reservoirs and state forest recreation areas on Sunday, May 1.
“Visit Indiana Week has an added significance this year as we celebrate the state’s bicentennial and our state park system’s centennial,” said Lt. Governor Holcomb. “With so much to experience in our great state, Visit Indiana Week is the perfect time for Hoosier families to hit the road and explore the amazing destinations and attractions Indiana has to offer.” Read more