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Voter registration fraud reported in Marion, Hendricks counties

Posted at 2:06 PM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 23:54:50-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana State Police detectives are investigating cases of voter fraud in Marion and Hendricks counties. 

ISP says a group by the name of the Indiana Voter Registration Project has turned in forged voter registration applications. They say the group was altering already registered voter's information, changing the voter's address to an address not associated with the voter and without the voter's knowledge. 

“Election integrity and security is a top priority,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “We are working with the state police to ensure this matter is addressed quickly. I encourage all Hoosiers to be vigilant at this time and to monitor their voter registrations until the close of the voter registration deadline.”

You can check your voter registration information to ensure it's accurate at or via the Indiana Voters app.

Voters who find their information has been changed without their knowledge should immediately contact the Secretary of State’s office at 1-866-IN-1-Vote (1-866-461-8683). 

The voter registration deadline in Indiana is October 11.

The Secretary of State's office says the Indiana Voter Registration Project will likely continue to operate until the close of registration, adding that the office encourages all voters to double check their registration status to see that it's accurate. 

Indiana Voter Registration Project spokeswoman Christy Setzer released the following statement on Thursday:

"We sincerely hope that no one in a partisan elected position is using their office in an effort to make it harder for the people of Indiana to vote.  The Indiana Voter Registration Project is a nonpartisan effort to ensure that all Indianans who are eligible to vote can do so.  As part of its quality-assurance program, the Indiana Voter Registration Project has reviewed tens of thousands of applications and identified a small handful that may have had incomplete or inaccurate information and, in those instances, we immediately informed the Registrar and asked them to double check those forms for accuracy.  We have and will continue to work with Indiana authorities to resolve these issues, so that no one is prevented from voting in November who is eligible to do so."