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.