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Indiana State Police call voter suppression claim “completely false”

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO):  The Indiana State Police is fighting back after a progressive advocacy group accuses them and Governor Mike Pence of voter suppression.

Governor Pence spokesman Matt Lloyd issued the following statement today regarding allegations made by Patriot Majority USA against the Indiana State Police and Governor Pence:

“These allegations are completely false and beyond absurd. In fact, the Indiana State Police has uncovered strong evidence of voter fraud by Patriot Majority USA. Among Governor Pence’s top priorities is ensuring the integrity of the election and that every single Hoosier vote counts. He has full confidence in the Indiana State Police investigation to achieve this goal.”

The ISP issued this statement as well:

“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.”

According to the Washington Post, Patriot Majority is affiliated with the Senate Majority PAC, which is a super PAC that supports Democratic candidates.  The group also set up a website, calling it a voter suppression campaign.

An investigation is underway in Indiana looking into voter fraud in 57 counties across the state.  A report earlier this week said that they expect the investigation go to on until the end of the year.

The ISP urges people to verify that their voter registration information is correct by contacting your county clerk’s office or the Secretary of State’s Office and visiting their website.   A 24-hour Indiana State Police Voter Registration Application Fraud tip line of 888-603-3147.

As part of the ongoing investigation, the ISP laid out some of their reasoning to suspect voter fraud:

  • 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

 

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