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The Indiana State Police are actively investigating the alleged filing of fraudulent voter application forms. The investigation began in March of 2016 in the Indiana counties of Hendricks and Marion, just north of Indianapolis but as of recent has come to also include Allen, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Lake and Madison. The State Police detectives have expanded their investigation and on Tuesday, October 4th, served a search warrant to the business offices of the Indiana Voter Registration Project, located in downtown Indianapolis. The investigation is expected to continue for several more weeks or months because of its complex nature.

Important points of information in relation to the active case are; voter registration applications received by Indiana voter registration offices are processed according to established policies in accordance with state laws, a sample of voter applications suspected of being fraudulent have been copied and provided to detectives. It is noted that in all cases the original applications are maintained by the appropriate voter registration office. Investigators believe the amount of potentially fraudulent records could be in the hundreds because of the number of counties involved, possibly leading to disenfranchise voters. The suspected fraudulent or false information is a combination of made up names and addresses, real names with incorrect addresses, or false dates of births with real names.

Victims of this fraudulent use of information by some agents of the Indiana Voter Registration Project may not know they have been disenfranchised until they go to vote and discover their information has been altered. All voters are encouraged to protect their right to vote by ensuring they are properly registered by visiting https://indianavoters.in.gov

If a citizen discovers inaccurate information that indicates they could be a victim they should contact the Dubois County Clerks office at (812) 481-7035 or by e-mail at clerk@duboiscountyin.org. There is also a 24 hour Indiana State Police Voter Registration Application Fraud tip line of 888-603-3147.

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