Indiana State Police expand voter fraud investigation

Posted October 07, 2016

Indiana State Police delivered a search warrant to the IVRP office in downtown Indianapolis yesterday as part of the investigation that began in August, which now includes seven counties.

County workers will try to confirm hundreds of registration forms turned in by a registration group under investigation by Indiana State Police.

The raid was part of an ongoing investigation which originally started in two counties and has now spread to nine: Hendricks, Marion, Allen, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Lake, and Madison counties.

Barry Schust, Allen County's Republican voter registration board member, said about 1,000 forms from the group were submitted to the local office.

The Intercept reported that workers at the site told them that state police stopped one person from recording the incident and that the group's lawyer said he was unable to enter the building.

Fajman said she had never previously heard of Indiana Voter Registration Project.

"We are still reviewing them as to whether they are suspicious in nature or not", Fajman said.

They called the investigation "complex" and said it could take weeks or months.

"From what we understand, they are a few people from out of town in charge of it", she said, adding some may have paid locals if they meet a quota of new applications. Such action may result in the voter having to cast a provisional ballot.

There they will see their voting information has been altered. He called me from his auto parked across the street from the voting offices he said he was unable to enter. Spokesman Capt. Dave Bursten made the announcement Thursday, but he would not provide any details on the reason for the expansion.

That trooper has only formed an exploratory committee, Bursten said, and he still has until January to declare his candidacy.

"We wouldn't still be investigating if we weren't still finding issues that are indicative of fraudulent acts", he said. Cameras and phones were seized because the search warrant included electronic devices, he said. Indiana's Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who was a key sponsor of Indiana's 2005 voter ID law that went all the way to the Supreme Court where it was upheld- announced the investigation in September.

Tokaji argued that while limiting early voting and requiring photo ID all had negative affects on voter turnout, launching an investigation like the one in IN - which has essentially stopped the group from registering voters- represented a new level of potential voter suppression.

Voters can make sure they are properly registered at this website: