Thousands Of Possible Voter Fraud Cases Were Just Reported in Indiana

Brittany M. Hughes | October 19, 2016
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Three weeks ahead of the Nov. 8 election, more allegations of potential voter fraud are now coming out of Indiana, which is already embroiled in a massive voter fraud investigation covering literally half the state.

The Indianapolis Star reported early Wednesday morning that a top state official said her office has come across thousands of cases of possible voter fraud, in which voters’ information appears to have been altered in the state’s online registration system. A slew of registered voters have been reportedly calling in to report that their profile information online doesn’t match what they provided when they registered.

Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson said her office has found voter registration forms containing first names and birth dates different from what voters provided. She said she has handed those altered records over to the Indiana State Police for review.

…Lawson's allegations also come just one week after a Tippecanoe County election official acknowledged that the secretary of state's voter data system could be manipulated by those wishing to cause harm.

Lawson said the discrepancies were discovered when voters checked online with the Statewide Voter Registration System to see whether they were registered and could not gain access because their names or birth dates had been changed.

The report explained that while some information discrepancies were to be expected thanks to data entry errors and changes to personal info made by some voters themselves, officials said that “the number of changed registrations this year was much higher than in past elections, which led officials to believe fraud was being committed.”

In Indiana, the process for changing a voter’s information appears woefully simple and open to manipulation. The Indianapolis Star explained that while registered voters can change their personal information in the system themselves at their local elections office, they don't have to show any personal identification, and instead must simply “must sign an affidavit that they are truthful.”

Voters can also change their info online, but are only required to input their driver’s license number to access the system. In Indiana, a driver’s license number is a public record that can be obtained by political parties, campaigns, the media and others, according to the report.

The Indiana State Police are looking into the latest allegations.

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