Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Police Raid Indiana's Largest Voter Registration Operation

As part of an investigation into alleged Voter Fraud that began in August, Indiana State Police (ISP) raided a Northside Indianapolis, Indiana, office of the Indiana Voter Registration Project (IVRP) Tuesday morning.

The investigation now spans nine Counties. It began after fraudulent Voter Registration forms were filed in two of those Counties two months ago. Justin L. Mack at the Indianapolis Star reports. The results of the search are not being released, and the affidavit and search warrant will remain sealed for 30 days.

"An investigation of this nature is complex, time consuming and is expected to continue for several more weeks or months," said an ISP statement. "Victims of the activities by some agents of the Indiana Voter Registration Project (IVRP) may not discover they have been disenfranchised from voting until they go to vote and realize their voting information has been altered. Such action may result in the citizen having to cast a provisional ballot."

Blaming the IVRP, which is legally required to turn in every Voter Registration form for the State to determine which are good and bad, is quite the clever move.

The IVRP group alleges that police told a worker she was not allowed to film the raid and attempted to block workers from access to Counsel, said Jeff Macey, the attorney representing the IVRP. He called me from his car parked across the street from the Voting offices he said he was unable to enter.

With its headquarters stripped of essential equipment, the Registration drive’s future is suddenly uncertain.

The Washington, D.C.-based liberal-leaning Patriot Majority oversees the Indiana Voting drive. “At the end of the day, when they find that the organization has done nothing wrong,” said Patriot Majority Head Craig Varoga, “they will still have killed the ability of this organization to register voters.”

And, given the source of the allegations, killing Voter Registration could be the whole point.

IVRP says it has submitted tens of thousands of Registrations and “that by zeroing in on just a handful of problematic applications the state appeared to be criminalizing a basic feature of voter registration itself, which inevitably involves submitting paperwork that contains imperfections.”

But an ISP official noted that the problems in Voter Registration forms they had assessed were not “innocent errors” but included names of people who didn’t exist and addresses that didn’t exist.

Maybe so, but for the next 30 days, IVRP won’t get a look at that search warrant or the complaint that sparked it.

The deadline for Voter Registration in Indiana is next Tuesday, October 11th.

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